Dreaming of Spring

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It’s not even winter, yet. It’s getting dark but not as dark as it will be this weekend. The first real, sustained chill is in the air. The reality is: it will get much, much colder very quickly. This causes our attention to turn to spring and the new year. We all get excited about the arrival of bulbs to the shop. While we are putting our favorite gardens to sleep, we take the opportunity to punctuate beds and naturalize lawns with a spray of narcissus, tulips, scilla and fritallaria that will show themselves in all their glory next spring!

Delayed gratification can be sweet, too, you know. We are obsessed with certain alium and are dreaming of forcing the best varieties of all our favorite bulbs in pots to pull out in the dark, dead, cold of winter. It is this miraculous pop of color, growth and fragrance, in the midst of a snow storm, that will help us get through the unforgiving Northeast winter.

We’ve put together a starter kit of our favorite narcissus to offer on line and in our shop. This collection could provide the backbone or a backdrop for your springtime garden featuring your own mix of varieties.

  

We chose the classic Carlton bulb as a sign of pure sunshine and joy on a stem. Learn more about Carlton here:
https://www.gardenia.net/plant/narcissus-carlton-large-cupped-daffodil

Lovers of pure white pop of brightness will certainly appreciate Mount Hood. Here is more about this pristine beauty:
https://www.gardenia.net/plant/narcissus-mount-hood-trumpet-daffodil

And to emphasize the joy of new growth we include Fosters Favorite in the mix. It starts out a bright chartreuse that mellows.

We’d love to hear about your favorite fall plantings to enjoy in the spring. We still have several weeks of planting time ahead! lay the groundwork, now, for your favorite spots to visit and enjoy in the spring of 2018.

Valentine Bouquet Workshop

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Build a bouquet for the one you love. Join us at Snug Harbor Farm on Saturday, February 11th at 1:00pm and work with some of the season’s most enticing spring blooms. We will discuss and build a hand tied bouquet to present to your sweetheart, or offer you a vase to work out of, if you prefer. Class sizes are limited so sign up early to insure your place at the design table. There is a $45 fee to attend the class. Register using the form below.

Snug Harbor Farm can also build a bouquet for your special someone. Orders must be received by 2/9 for guaranteed availability. Minimum order of $75. Call the shop at 207-967-2414 or email shop@snugharborfarm.com if you are interested in placing an order.

11am Workshop – SOLD OUT!

1pm Workshop – SOLD OUT!

Warm Up Winter at Our Succulent Workshop

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Join us at Snug Harbor Farm for our Midwinter Succulent Workshop being held on Saturday, January 28th to learn about all things succulent and build your own mixed container to take home. We will provide all the material you will need to create a gorgeous little garden. The fee for the workshop is $45.00. You can sign up using the form below.

1:00pm Workshop SOLD OUT

11:00am Workshop has been added. Sign-up Below!

Prelude to the Prelude

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Join us at Snug Harbor Farm
for our Prelude to the Prelude!

Opening Reception on Friday, December 4th, 5pm-7:30pm.

Join us at SNUG HARBOR FARM for a Prelude to the Prelude and a nibble and a sip while shopping our Pop-Up Prelude Barn Boutique, filled with some of our favorite artisans’ work. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 4th from 5-7:30, where you can meet the artists and shop their unique collections compiled exclusively for SNUG HARBOR FARM. This one of a kind collection of work will be available through 12/13. Shop now while supplies last!

Participating Artists:

Kate Nelligan Design
Three Sister Supply
Whitten Hill Studio
Laura Fuller
Sam Lawrence Glass
Odd Inc. Pottery
Farrell & Co. Leathers

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.

Winter Tablescape Workshop

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The Winter Tablescape Workshop will deal with floral design and seasonal offerings mixed back to objects and candles to create a one of a kind personal tableaux.

A fee of $45.00 covers materials, containers and use of tools while we discuss ways of incorporating the natural landscape into your holiday celebrations.

Noon to 2pm Saturday November 14th.

Register online below and call 207-967-2414 to pay via credit card or stop by the Shop and pay via cash or check. Look forward to seeing you soon.

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.

Custom Seasonal Order Form

Welcome to Snug Harbor Farm!

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Hello modern world! Welcome to the first post of our new blog about all things Snug Harbor Farm!

After years of talk about a possible website for our Kennebunk, Maine plant nursery, we have decided to get our feet wet and set up this blog. As you can imagine, the difficultly involved in shipping live plants is innumerable, so we won’t be posting things for mail order here. I do, however, think it will be a great way for us to keep you plant geeks up to date on all the exciting going-on’s at the farm, to share plant care knowledge, and to share some great pictures of our ever-growing nursery.

This June had been a bit of a wet one. It has rained almost everyday here, leaving the nursery on the soggy side, to say the least. If you are coming to shop for perennials, we have lots to choose from but I would suggest you wear your boots.

Rain or shine, it is a great time to come visit our newest retail addition to the farm, The Shop. Inside the 1750’s house on the property we have put together an eclectic collection of gifts, home decor items, potted houseplants and gardening tools and supplies for you to peruse.

Here’s a peek at what we have put together for you!

Seeds, terra-cotta pot feet and cloches, fertilizers, glazed plant pots, colorful paper mums and some handy long necked watering cans.


Garden twine in these great retro tin’s and in different festive colors, and some more fun little watering cans.


We have terrariums! We put these together ourselves right here at the farm.



An assortment of bundles of fresh cut foliage for decorating and arrangements.

An assortment of concrete garden ornaments and small cast iron urns, with or without something green growing inside!


Some more concrete garden ornaments and a fern from the greenhouse.



An assortment of birdhouses for your garden in all shapes and sizes.

Hope to see you soon!