Entries tagged with “gardens”.


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…

 

 

 

 

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