Snug Harbor Farm's Front Display Garden
SHF Specializes in Topiary
Euphorbia cotinifolia Topiaries
Succulents and More Succulents
One of the Many Greenhouses
Planters and Pottery
Unusual Shrubs and Trees
Perennials for Sun
Perennials for Shade
The New Shop
Whenever we are vacationing in Ogunquit, ME, I always plan an trip to Snug Harbor Farm, a nursery "for plant connoisseurs" in the Lower Village in Kennebunk, ME. I found SHF a dozen years or more ago and every year there is something new see. The owner, Tony Elliott, has opened a garden shop this past year. It carries an interesting selection of pots and gifts which change each season.
My latest passion has been succulents for the terrace. SHF has a ever-increasing array of rare and unusual succulents. My thought was succulents are beautiful and relatively care-free. Unfortunately, my sunny terrace is slowly being shaded by a maturing specimen of Acer griseum 'Gingerbread'. It is a problem I have no business complaining about.
SHF has a great selection of rare and hard-to-find trees and shrubs. Many are quite large ready for installation with an immediate presence. Tony and his crew also provide garden design services. Speaking of the crew, they are always quite knowledgeable and friendly. Michilyn helped me when I was there this week and she knew her stuff inside out. I was trying to fill a couple holes in the garden and she had some great suggestions.
The grounds and display gardens at SHF are exceptionally beautiful. It is a great place to get ideas and inspiration for your own garden. Tony has found lots of old slabs of granite that make grand entrances to some of the greenhouses. He has an expert eye for creating a sort of relaxed country elegance. While I was there, Tony took a quick look at my blog and noted that "I need an espalier for the wall at my house." He is right, of course. Now the search will be on for the perfect dressing the the blank white clapboards in the back of the house.
Tony has a blog that I have added to my blog list: snugharborfarm.blogspot.com.