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Stephanie Pilk

The Shop Awakens

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The Shop Awakens

It’s Coming!  We are opening March 1st.

The Shop at Snug Harbor Farm is waking up from a long winter’s nap to a lighter, brighter space full of goodies! The elves have been busily building and painting and fluffing all of the merchandise for an exciting, new shopping experience. Stop by and fortify yourself with a nibble and a sip as you peruse the lovely offerings in the shop.

The Japanese Art of Kokedama

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Kokedama at Snug Harbor Farm

The winter months have us digging deep into indoor gardening. A favorite practice that allows us to see our beloved plants in a 360 degree moving, mobile expression is kokedama. The Japanese art of kokedama, also referred to as string garden or moss balls. The root ball is actually wrapped in in moss (see nearai: which means “root wash” or “no pot”, where it becomes a combination of bonsai and kusamono planting styles).  You are binding the roots in moss and string and suspending it so that they float in space. Who doesn’t love a planted mobile!

Interested in learning more? We’ve added a morning class on February 9th at 10:30.  The 1:00 is full. Come and enjoy the green!
Register here.

You may be wondering how to pronounce kokedama. Here’s the phonetic spelling so you can impress your friends with your international knowledge of all things horticultural.

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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.

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Seasonal Centerpieces

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Snug Harbor Farm will be offering centerpieces this Thanksgiving, and throughout the holidays, incorporating the best flowers the season has to offer alongside harvested local material. Minimum order $75.00. Please fill out the form below and one of our talented designers will be in touch soon or call the shop at 207-967-2414 to place your order today. We are taking custom orders through November 17th for delivery prior to Thanksgiving.

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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