The gardens at the Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine have started to get a good amount of attention not only via word of mouth from guests but also from people that are passing by and see the gardens. Now all of a sudden i get people coming asking if the gardens are public. They are not really public, they are for my guests to enjoy but if someone comes up taking an interest in them, i will always give them a quick tour and of course make sure they have a Brewster Inn business card and brochure to take away with them for next time.

The Brewster Inn also had good press attention recently from both Birds and Blooms magazine and the Boston Herald.

Birds and Blooms article

Boston Herald

I always ask guests while they are out on the patio looking at the garden if they can see my butterfly garden. Now i have no idea what they are actually looking for, but its amazing how many can’t see it. Some tell me they are not sure what they are  looking for and others tell me they are looking for a big cluster of wild plants somewhere and then, they see something and they look, and they look some more, and then.. they realize what it actually is. They are looking side on at  my butterfly garden


Its filled out a lot more now. That pic was taken during the planting in early June. Now its really established itself and filled out completely and when we get a sunny day again, i’ll be sure to post it hopefully for my next post. Not only does my butterfly garden attract butterflies but i also get quite a few hummingbirds visiting there too.

One thing i tell guests is things are not always quite as they seem in the Brewster Inn garden and i’ll show you another example of that next time too. There’s a clue in the picture below

The Brewster Inn gardens are really coming on now in year 3 of a 5 year plan and that’s all thanks to 3 wonderful people, Darlene, Lorraine and Danny who are responsible for  the garden renovations. It is truly amazing work that they do for me here.

Here is another angle of this section of garden taken from late June. All the slate is Monson slate from Monson Maine. Its the original slate off the roof from when the house was remodeled in 1934. Lots and lots of excellent landscaping materials complete with nail holes to landscape  areas of garden and make new pathways.. beautiful!

 

Till  next time…

 

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. The Brewster Inn here in Dexter Maine gets busier every year. Last year (2010) was the  best yet but 2011 has gone off the scale and as of today is 117 room nights ahead of this time last year. As you can imagine its been all hands to the pump for an extended time but as i work my way through everything i see lights at the end of the tunnel and plan to blog more frequently again as of today. So as i tend to say every now and again…

“Whats been happening”??

Well (following on from my last post) the lilacs bloomed and looked and smelt incredible for their first year. Its only going to get better each and every year. But that was just the start…

Take a look here at whats been happening in the garden.

The original fountain has been re-installed in the garden

Below is the heavy duty plastic drum that will hold the water used by the fountain. The fountain will sit on top of the drum

There’s plenty of work that needs to be done before the fountain can be set in place like getting power to the fountain to run the pump

The fountain in place and more work going on around the outside of it. It was actually found in the basement in 7 sections, is very heavy but just looks so good in position in the garden

The fountain close up waiting for the figure to go on the top. The tube hanging over the side will go up inside the figure. The fountain is made of concrete and had to be repaired first before it was painted with rubberized swimming pool paint to protect it from the elements and make it completely waterproof. The water comes out of the top of the figure and then drops into the top bowl which then fills and the water then drops into the bottom bowl before dropping out of there into the container in the ground which is covered with blue stones. The water then recycles and starts its journey all over again

More in my next post

When Governor Brewster lived here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine, he had lilacs all around the property line. When he died, the lilacs were killed off by all the trees that started growing over a period of time.  In September 2010 once we had cut down a large amount of trees, we decided to start replanting the lilac hedgerows. No small task considering the size of property we have. We planted the first 24 bushes using 7 different varieties making sure that there was a sequence of different colours all along.

After a month of watering and a hard winter, we waited… and waited… and waited  for signs of life and sure enough buds started appearing about 2 weeks ago. Today i took a couple of photos to show their progress and it looks like in the next 2 weeks we will get lilac smell and colour! This is especially exciting as so many guests to the Brewster Inn have commented on the lilac smell all around when they used to live here in Dexter Maine.

Lilacs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The varieties planted are

Pocahontas

Ludwig Spaeth

President Grevy

Ellen Willmot

Primrose

Beauty of Moscow

James McFarlane

Mine have got a little way to go yet but all being well we should get some great colours and lilac smells this year before planting approx another 33 bushes at the same time this year that will cover along the back of our property.

Next post will be all about why the mechanical digger was in the garden today digging holes.

 

 

 

The Brewster Inn had some great national press coverage this week letting the readers of Birds and Blooms magazine know all about the gardens here in Dexter Maine. I’ve linked to the whole  article here where we’re the only B&B from Maine shown!

The part where it says “Mark promises a free stay to any guest willing to turn a part of the gardens into something truly special” i just want to add what that actually means. I’ve had a few guests who have all commented just how quiet our gardens are and how great it would be to have a meditation garden within it, so i told each of them that if they designed it and wanted to come and do the work, i would give them a free stay to accomplish that. That offer still stands to someone thats up for the challenge. We’d obviously need to approve the design and dates for doing the project and would be happy to pay for the materials, all you have to do is get here and build your design and for doing that, you get a free stay!

The Brewster Inn gardens will be complete this year with some big additions inc about another 30 lilac bushes around the outer edge of the property to compliment the 24 planted in 2010, Windswept Gardens of Bangor will be adding all the “bits” to make the original fountain and  pond work again as well as adding plants to the pond. I’ve always wanted to see lilly pads in the pond so the frogs we get each year can sit on them.

 

Also we’re finishing the flower borders this year adding about 3 more large ones around the front and back garden. One of them at the back of the property will be a large one to match one we did last year and  will be a real focal point and great photo opportunity once we get the fountain back in there as the centrepiece.

 

We also need to crush all the slate that we took off the roof last year and use that for more landscaping around the garden which will become pathways and also will define the outer edge of all our flower borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then finally in Sep when all this work is completed we will get the whole lawn reseeded using the Turf Doctor who come highly reccomended as the company to make the lawn look amazing again.

So much going on here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine

 

 

 

Here at the Brewster Inn Dexter Maine, we get a lot of 1st time B&B guests. So i’ve dedicated this post and indeed a whole page on our Brewster Inn website just for you

Considering a bed and breakfast in Maine for the first time?

B&B’s are a wonderful alternative to the typical hotel and motel accommodations for a Maine family vacation, a honeymoon, a romantic gateaway, or any other occasion.  We recognize that it can be intimidating to think of staying in “someone’s home”, but once you enjoy a great stay at a B&B you’ll see  that it’s so much better than any other lodging options.

First-time B&B guests are often uncertain of what to expect, so we’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, debunk some of the myths, and provide some information specific to The Brewster Inn.

Privacy:

Guests might be afraid they will feel as if they’re intruding on the Innkeepers and that they won’t have any privacy. Each B&B is set up differently, with intentions of making you feel welcome. The Brewster Inn is spacious at over 8,000 sq ft, with a large living room, expansive gardens, screened porch, and patio for reading, conversation, or relaxing as you watch the world go by. The dining room is also available for writing, or playing board games.  Our quarters are not connected to these common areas.  You’re encouraged to interact with other guests as much, or as little, as you choose. Each guestroom has a lock on the door and a private bathroom. You’re also given a key to the front door to come and go as you wish.

Breakfast:

Breakfast is one of the great values included in the B&B experience. New B&B guests may feel they will be dictated to as to what time they have to eat. Each B&B has different routines for breakfast. The Brewster Inn serves a buffet-style breakfast, 7 days a week from 8-10am, to allow you to eat at the time you want. Breakfast includes juice, milk, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, fruit salad, breads, cereals, and a different hot serving each day. Please make your hosts aware of any special dietary issues or food allergies.

Value:

B&B guestrooms are not all one cookie-cutter price like hotels. The Brewster Inn guestrooms are available at a range of prices to suit the most budget-conscious traveler to the guest that would love everything. There are even specials available throughout the year and a guest loyalty program. Please feel free to browse the room selection on our Web site and discuss them with us.  Brewster Inn guestrooms include free:  Wi-Fi, LCD TV with HD cable, DVD players, iPod/iPhone clock radio docking stations, a selection of available movies, and plush luxury robes to wear during your stay. The Honeymoon Suite and Game Room each have a small fridge and microwave oven. For all other guestrooms, there is a microwave and fridge available in the dining room for your use. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are also available throughout the day.  If you’d like something stronger, a good selection of beer and wines are available for purchase too.

Please see the rest of the post here on our website

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