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Trip to Maine

Contact Sally Wood and Nancy Holmes



Four days of garden visiting, gorgeous scenery, delicious local food, art and design, learning about Maine conservation and economic issues and meeting classic Mainers.  Pre-trip and post-trip options round out nearly a week.  Weeders would be responsible for their transportation to Maine, some meals and the pre-trip. Your CMC (Coastal Maine Committee) would arrange for shuttle buses, overnight accommodations, most lunches and some dinners, admission fees, lectures and discussions with professionals.



Arrive Portland: hotel on your own; suggested visits to Winslow Homer’s home and studio in Prout’s Neck and other private gardens; Portland Art Museum, shopping and restaurants on your own.



Day One — Sun. July 14

Leave Portland 9:00 am by shuttle/bus; 

10:15  Arrive Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: guided tour by Executive Director Bill Cullina, lunch in cafe, explore gardens on your own,  garden shop

3:00 Shuttle/bus leaves for Cushing

4:00 arrive Cushing; get settled in rooms (at Sally’s, Nancy’s, neighboring cottages; freshen up

5:00 talk on lobstering by Danny Staples on his dock 

6:00 cocktails in Bob Garcia’s garden
7:00 Dinner on Sally’s dock (or in barn loft)

Day Two — Mon. July 15

8:00 Breakfast on Nancy’s dock

9-00 Shuttle bus leaves:

9:30 10:30 Drew & Peter’s garden  (Peter is past curator of Peggy Rockefeller Rose Gdn, NY Botanical Gdn)

10:30 - 11:30 Katherine Cobey’s studio (amazing fiber artist)

11:45 - 12:45 Olson House (site of Andrew Wyeth’s painting ‘Christina’s World’ and many others) 

12:45  Shuttle bus leaves for Rockland
lunch t.b.d. 

Check into Berry Inn or Limerick Inn; freshen up 

Walk to The Farnsworth (gem of an art museum featuring American artists in Maine, especially the Wyeth’s) 

3:30-7:30 windjammer dinner cruise


Day Three — Tues. July 16

8:00 breakfast at your inn

9:00 Island Institute: informative talk about coastal communities and their problems of sustainability; q & a.

shopping at Archipelago,

Lunch at McClune’s (classic waterside lobster shack)

Len Greenhaghl’s quarry garden

Avena Botanicals — talk by Deb Soule about growing and producing herbal products, tour of her garden

6:00 celebration dinner at Cafe Miranda. 


Day Four — Wed. July 17

8 - 9:00 breakfast, checkout

Shuttle returns to Portland Airport, with possible stops on the way at Spindleworks in Brunswick, Halcyon Yarns and/or Maine Maritime Museum in Bath





Day Four continued  

Northport:  Swan’s Island Blanket Co.

Belfast:  Chase Family farm

lunch at Chase’s Daily (family restaurant)

Blue Hill: tour of Four Seasons Farm, talk by Eliot Coleman, founder of the organic gardening movement

Northeast Harbor

check into hotel; dinner on your own


Day Five — Thurs. July 18

8-9:00 breakfast; check-out

garden visits:

9-10:00 Thuja Gardens

10-12:00 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden; lunch t.b.d.

1:30-4:00 private garden of Curt Strohacker and Lelah; other private gardens t.b.d.

Dinner t.b.d.  


Day Six — Fri. July 19 Breakfast, checkout  

9:00 Shuttle leaves for Cadillac Mt., “Blow Hole”  

10:30 Return to Portland Airport; box lunch on the shuttle; stop at Spindleworks

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