The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, ME

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:


  1. Thank you for this great post about your visit to the farm. Hope to see you again soon!

  2. Snug Harbor Farm,

    The pleasure was all mine. Thanks for the great plants. Hope to see you Labor Day weekend.

  3. How fun to find your blog when I was searching for Hellen dillon and came across your post of forgiveness of her garden changes. It was amusing.
    We garden in heavy clay...good and bad. It's rich, but wet most of the winter months. You would know gardeners don't give up! They get wiser and wiser.
    I'll be back again to check on your posts.
    In Maryland,

  4. Candylei,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Glad you liked the Helen Dillon post. I hope she will forgive me for forgiving her if she ever sees it. I am from Chester County, PA originally--not too far from your neck of the woods. Wet, rich soil sounds good about now! Thanks!



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