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Getting Back To It

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Getting back to it, August 17

Back to school, back to work, back to the grind…..it’s rapidly approaching. It gives an urgency to every bright, warm hour of daylight in August and gets the wheels turning as to how we prolong the magic of the warmth through the fall.

As we milk up all the beauty we can from our exterior gardens, we start to plan what greenery we’ll surround ourselves with when we move inside. If you’re moving towards a dorm or a new living space or office, you may want a bit of green life in your new place.  We have a new selection of small pots and plants that would be just perfect for your new desk or dorm room.  Snug Harbor Farm has put together a free workshop to get you started on Saturday, August 17 from 1-2:30pm

And speaking of moving indoors, let’s get cooking!

All the hard work on the vegetable gardens really starts to pay off as we harvest from the plants lovingly tended to all summer. There’s a gorgeous new crop of cookbooks in the shop to inspire how you handle all of the deliciousness as you head back to the kitchen.

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Annie Witte

Annie Witte Art Reception, August 22

We have one more artist appearing at Snug Harbor Farm this summer, Annie Witte, who will bring her beautiful collection of abstracts to the barn. Meet the artist and learn about her process while mingling in the barn.

Annie will also be teaching a workshop on marbleizing paper. It’s a fun process you can apply to so many projects.

Cup of Joe, Sunday, August 18

And for those of you doing battle with critters and varmints that accost your plants on a daily basis, our final summer Cup of Joe / DIY series addresses the best ways to send them packing on Sunday, August 17th.  (Don’t worry, we will have Cup of Joe in the fall… maybe with something stronger in the coffee for the morning chill?)

Looking forward

We are looking forward to the month of August and it’s our hope that it will leave you feeling prepared for the shift occurring in September. There’s lots coming up that brings us joy and inspiration. Check out the whole calendar on out website.

July Enlightenments & Offerings

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Frances Palmer

July Enlightenments & Offerings

One of the most exciting reoccurring events is a visit from our friend, Frances Palmer, with her gorgeous collection of ceramics in tow. It is always inspirational to compose in her vessels, whether it be stems or plant material, cookies or canapés. There’s still some space available in her workshop on July 11th, if you’d like to learn about composition from a master, in both floral design and photography. Students are asked to bring their own phone or camera to work with.

July means warm temperatures that bring out the plein air artists. One of our favorite painters, Beth Rundquist will be holding two workshops at the end of the month: one is about developing your color palette and the other is a plein air painting workshop at our sister property Wardbrook Farm.

Gardens in July are approaching their best. They provide us with so much beauty, inspiration and nourishment. Get out there and enjoy it while you can. Document it so in the dark of winter you can warm your soul and look forward to another season.

Jumping Into June

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June at Snug Harbor Farm

Jumping Into June with so much going on!

We’re kicking off the summer season, welcoming favorite designers of ours from Studio 412 and digs. They will be introducing new work and bringing back some of the classics. All will be available at Snug Harbor Farm throughout the summer season.

In the spirit of dressing up and being festive, we will also be offering a Wearable Flower Workshop to explore how and where to wear flowers. It doesn’t have to be a wedding or a prom (but it might be).

June also marks the start of the summer art calendar at Snug Harbor Farm. We couldn’t be more excited to host the fabulous Kelly Jo Shows and a collection of paintings based on the farm. Her work in Wings, Roots, Paws and Hoofs captures the energy and the life on the farm.

Needless to say our planting season has produced a new crop of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs. Keeping with the theme, we have brought back some favorites but are always also exploring new terrain. Such is the life of a gardener and a plant lover. Looking forward to your visits and helping you make every corner just a little more beautiful.

 

Snug Harbor Farm in Maine Home + Design

Maine Home + DesignClassic Gardens, Modern Business – From English gardens to Instagram, Snug Harbor Farm owner Tony Elliott finds inspiration in all the right places.

In the late 1990s, Tony Elliott was driving along Route 9 in Kennebunk when he spotted a “for sale” sign. It stood in front of a long and low farmhouse… more.

 

And Speaking About Food

We are focused on food this year at Snug Harbor Farm. In addition to our standard vegetable plant offerings (tomatoes, lettuce, herbs) we’ve brought in some more exotic offerings of papaya, avocado, olives and figs! There’s a luscious line of pestos in the shop by Bella Cucina, as well. So stop by, browse, drink in the sights and smells of our beautiful spaces.

The May showers of lore continue…

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Container workshop at Snug Harbor Farm

The May showers of lore continue throughout New England with very few breaks. They will most definitely produce more and more flowers at some point. Our production greenhouse is chock full of annuals while the farm has received some of the best trees and shrubs we’ve seen in recent memory.

This Sunday morning, May 19th, we’ll launch the first in a series of casual Sunday morning coffees with trade professionals coming in to offer whoever chooses to join, some good advice around different aspects of gardening. Tony Elliott will get the ball rolling with a discussion about garden design and where to start.

With hopes of things warming up a bit, we’ll be hosting a “Build a Flowering Planter” workshop on Saturday, May 25th. Sign up to add some color and life to your step, patio or to honor one you love on Memorial Day weekend.

Exciting new stuff is arriving on a daily basis. You should stop in for some inspiration, if nothing else. Let a smile be your umbrella.

Celebrate Spring at Snug Harbor Farm!

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spring at Snug Harbor Farm

Celebrate Spring!

April continues to be a wondrous turning point at Snug Harbor Farm and this year is no exception. The build up to the big Easter Egg Hunt is palpable as we hope the snow has receded and mud dried up enough to provide us with the perfect conditions for an excellent hunt. There are lots of activities planned around the property on Saturday, April 20th besides the big hunt. See the full schedule here.

Before we get to the big weekend we are going to hold a workshop focusing on creating festive head gear, for your next party or Easter Parade! (see above). We love pulling together unconventional materials, working them back to botanical elements for fun, festive, fashionable accents for you to sport around town. You will, too.

The last weekend in the month shifts our focus fully to getting our gardening on! Our obsession with food and feasting translates to vegetable gardening and a Seed Propagating Workshop that will give us all a good jump-start in the right direction. Join us and leave with a tray full of goodies to grow, as we wait for temperatures to rise.

To help refine your own visions of vegetable gardens, we’re bringing in an expert, Matt Mattus, who has published a beautiful book on the subject: Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening. Matt will discuss his top ten revelations made while researching and working on this indispensable guide. This lecture will fill up fast. Reserve a seat while there’s still some space here.

Spring is brimming with possibilities and we’re looking forward to sharing all we can to help make yours the best it can be. See you on the farm!

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.

Barreling Headlong into Holiday Season

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When does it really start? Is it a year round endeavor that one needs to keep on a slow simmer, then turn it up to boil as the sun starts to dip in the sky? Do you have your ducks so neatly in a row that holiday magic flows like sweet caramel sauce with seemingly little effort? For us, it’s starting now for next year. We are in it and beyond it and always trying to hold on to the magical, mystical fizz that goes on at this time of year.

We are so fortunate here at Snug Harbor Farm to be surrounded by the natural goodness of the season in the town of Kennebunk. Our chores shift with a natural rhythm dictated by the plants, animals, seasons and the weather. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport established the Prelude celebration in 1981. The planners wanted to kick start the holiday season by celebrating the charm of our little seaside villages in winter. It worked. It took off to national acclaim and grows bigger every year. Now, thirty six years later, it has become one of the most HOLIDAY of all holiday spots in the country during the first week in December. Santa arrives in a lobster boat and both towns are decked out with activities planned by local shop owners and organizations.

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For our part, we relish the homecoming of so many families that we celebrate and decorate  from Thanksgiving through The New Year (and beyond for so many happy occasions). We develop a visual vocabulary with friends and family. We help them utilize treasures passed down and those that might be new to their collections. Our buying reflects love of the land and the comforts of home. Every one enjoys a good laugh, especially when stress sets in so look to the shop for ornaments that have a personality. There’s always room for another narwhal or yeti on the tree!

We acknowledge those who have gone before us and those who may not be so lucky with friends, family and shelter. It is a time to open our hearts to the harsh reality of what others may face at a time when so many are in party mode. It can be the most isolating time for some of our neighbors. Remember them. Acknowledge them and try to bring a little beauty and light into their lives. A small gesture can literally be a lifesaver. Channel Clarence. Couldn’t we all approach our day with more kindness in our hearts?

As we barrel headlong into Prelude present, we pay hommage to Preludes past and plan for the Preludes of the future with lessons of the season marking time and showing us the many wonders that happen in the cold still of winter in Maine. It’s just the beginning. We need to hold onto this magic for the next four months when the light of Spring cracks the horizon of Summer.

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.

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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