April 14, 2013

Maine Gardener: When seeds are suitable for framing


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Soybeans will be a new addition to the Atwell garden.


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Nancy and I use TripAdvisor before we take any trip, and Nancy has regularly written reviews of hotels where we have stayed, and has been informed she is in the top 10 percent for TripAdvisor readership.

We like and trust what they have to say.

Here is the report on Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens:

"Spanning 250 acres, travelers are invited to explore the spectacular grounds at this New England garden. In the springtime, more than 11,000 dazzling tulips bare their colors, while a brilliant blend of other flora and fauna blossoms throughout the year. Open year-round, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for children ages 3-17; children 3 and under get in free."

Other gardens in the TripAdvisor Top 10 public gardens include some long-established, high-reputation gardens. And while I have seen some of them, there are quite a few that I still have to see. We knew CMBG had beautiful gardens and great plant labels. Now the rest of the world knows as well.  

The other gardens on the list, in order, are Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.; Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis; Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif.; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson; Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, S.C.; Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C.; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C.; and Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa.

Tom Atwell has been writing the Maine Gardener column since 2004. He is a freelance writer gardening in Cape Elizabeth and can be contacted at 767-2297 or at:



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