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Travel + Leisure Magazine Highlight

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snugcollageWe are pretty excited to read the new highlight on Snug Harbor Farm in the August 2015 issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine (excerpt below).

“Take Tony Elliott. His Snug Harbor Farm nursery in Kennebunk is known by serious gardeners and design devotees, but not because he has ever advertised. Snug Harbor is unique partly because it stays open year-round, but mostly because Elliott grows nearly all of his own plants—notably topiary and, more recently, succulents.

Elliott did what one does in Maine: start small and keep moving rocks, actual and virtual, out of the way. Over the course of 25 years, he restored a broken-down 185os farmhouse and various sheds spread over three acres on Western Avenue, the main road that leads from Kennebunk into Kennebunkport. Snug Harbor is now a stylish but unfussy campus, a place where you can easily lose two hours wandering from the inviting shop to one immaculate greenhouse after the other.

Of course, it helps that Elliott is a magnetic character: you see a crowd, and his silver hair is bound to be at the center of it. “Maine is harsh,” he told me. “Brutal winters and luscious summers. But there’s a raw beauty, an honesty to it…and to the people.” Elliott knows about Mainers’ honesty—they are quick to remind him that, despite his years in Kennebunk be’s still a flatlander, someone “from away.” (In his case, the Midwest.) It’s a label he has come to accept. “You will never be part of the family,” he says. ” But their loyalty is immense.”

Reprinted from Travel + Leisure Magazine August 2015
by Heather Smith MacIsaac
Photographs by Andrew Roat

Houseplant Workshop

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Join us on Saturday, September 12th from 12-2 to learn all about caring for plants in your home. Learn about various house plants and their needs. We will discuss the art of topiaries and learn about pruning and propagating. The workshop is free. Students are welcome to purchase plants and practice principles being discussed. Anthony Elliott will share his vast knowledge with the first twenty people to sign up.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

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Snug Harbor Farm will be offering delightful Nouveau Dell Arobia inspired centerpieces this Thanksgiving, incorporating fruits and vegetables with the best flowers the season has to offer. All bouquets built in a classic, brass footed bowl. Minimum order $98.00. Please call the shop at 207-967-2414 with payment information. We accept V, MC & Discover. All orders must be received by 11/20.

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Dahlias for days, Darling!

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Home grown assortment

Home grown assortment

The long rays of sunshine in late summer have produced the most glorious bumper crop of delightful dahlias, here at Snug Harbor Farm. The flower beds are also full of sky high sunflowers ranging from the palest chiffon yellow to deep, dark chocolate. The farmlettes are busy tending the beds and pulling together bouquets for the taking. If only we could stretch this late summer season out for a few more months! It feels like we’re just getting started. We are amazed at how the farm stand has taken off. So grateful for the delicious bounty of fresh, organic veggies and handcrafted cheeses brought to us from Maine farmers to the north and south.

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That being said, we are thinking ahead to when the days will be  much shorter and colder and how we can hold onto that summertime feeling. We should all be planning ahead to transition containers to inside spots. It is more than helpful and healthful to have some plantings indoors to help us through the long hard winter. Come see the gorgeous terra-cotta pots we designed and produced exclusively for Snug Harbor. There is the perfect shape for your tabletop or conservatory. A little living greenery is what every home needs to remind us that life goes on, under that frost line and several feet of snow.

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The healing power of art

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Whenever possible, we try to give back and support. There is always a person or organization that could use a little help. We particularly appreciate folks who care for the ones we love. It’s our turn to help the nurses and the good people of  the VNA. They’ve planned a wonderful evening featuring the work of a diverse group of artists to benefit the VNA’s Home Health Hospice program. I hope those of you near Yarmouth, Maine will join us.

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Darkness Falling into Spooky Good Fun

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Fall has come upon us through the most stunning series of crystal clear days this year! The chill seems more entrenched this week and is turning our thoughts towards the rapidly approaching Halloween…..one of our all-time favorite holidays! It is with great glee and a bit of mischief that we put together the final details of our fourth annual Haunted Barn, taking place Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th starting at dusk each day. This has become a traditional, scary celebration for kids and parents, alike. Join in and bring your friends or just somebody you really want to scare! Come one, come all!

 

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Besides that bit of excitement,  the farm looks amazing. The flower field is cranking and we are getting in bounty of apples and corn from local farms. The inventory of pumpkins, gourds, gargoyles, bats, crows and various and sundry other spooky bits is quite staggering! Bring everyone to stock up on bits of botanical beauty for your stoop. Say hello to the horses and get inspired by the wild and beautiful mix of goods coming into the shop and still available in our greenhouses. Now is the time for some amazing deals on perennials and shrubs. You might need to rent a truck.

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Psyched About Seasonal Celebrations and Workshops

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As we get cooler, darker, windier and wetter our crops are going berzerka before and around growing frosts. There is a bounty at Snug Harbor Farm and at our neighbor farms of the most glorious flowers and vegetables. The season has inspired a line up of workshops and celebrations, like our swiftly approaching Haunted Barn, happening this Saturday and Sunday, the. This annual spectical is a favorite stop for ghouls and tricksters of all ages.

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Utilizing our fresh crops for feasts and decorations, makes for long days of preparations. (Wait, that rhyme was unintentional…) We will be sharing observations and strategies in decoration and design that will help you make the most of bounty pulled from ours and neighboring fields. Our friend, Stephanie Pilk, will lead a workshop on November 15th that will teach how to create a centerpiece out of fresh material that is intended to dry in place.

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The hunting and gathering shows no signs of letting up, after our Thanksgiving feasting, we will be introducing a very spirited and informed Wreath Workshop on 11/29/14 with Whitney, Nichole and Stephanie. More seasonal holiday inspirations will be explored in an afternoon workshop that will bring you loads of natural inspiration.

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And to round out your inspirational quest for botanical knowledge: a very exciting and rare workshop is being offered by Tony Elliot, the founder of Snug Harbor Farm and extraordinary plant connoisseur, on December 13th about the care and feeding of the lovely lemon cypress he cultivates. In addition you can really celebrate the season and finish up any last minute gifts at our Fabulous Prelude Holiday Tasting Party, where we sample favorite recipes from cookbooks we love. You’re gonna love it, too! That will take place, as always, the first weekend in December: the 6th.

Then it’s 2015! We’re ready for it, thrilled by it and looking forward to bringing you more inspiration, transformation and new finds, new life and rebirth from here on Snug Harbor Farm.