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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 Topiaries are shipping!

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topiaries in the green house

Topiaries are shipping!

Spring is doing it’s very best to break through the thick layer of frost and snow here at Snug Harbor Farm. How we really know it’s around the corner, is our collection of topiaries are preparing to ship by this weekend to new homes around the country. So much is percolating under the surface! This year’s crop consists of the classic myrtle and lavender as well as new comers wistringia, curry, santolina and coleus. New growth is sprouting all over the property with the renovated shop, to subtle changes in the barn and new inventory in all five of the greenhouses.

All adding up to one thing: it’s time for a visit. Hope to see you all very soon.

There are many resources on the web for learning more about topiaries.  In fact, Snug Harbor Farm topiaries were featured in Better Homes & Garden.  You can read the online article (BH&G charges a minor fee for archives online) here.

View SNF in Better Homes & Garden

It’s a Back to School Thing

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We are just getting into the most delicious days of August.. The crisp evenings of fall are creeping into summer. The light clears  as if a gel has been removed from the lense. Look up at the hardwoods – blushes of reds and oranges are peaking through the greens. It’s shifting quickly.  Labor day is less than a week away.

Is there any one of us that doesn’t anticipate the changing season, summer to fall and the excitement of going back into the classroom, no matter your age? It is a time of reinvention, learning and growth.

At Snug Harbor Farm, we take all this to heart as we craft our new calendar of fall events. This year the fall schedule is branching out into new territory, as we welcome authors, artists and well traveled designers into our space to share their experiences and knowledge of the world around them. Snug will be on the road, as well, sharing our eye for design and passion for beautifully grown and curated materials with friends and clients throughout New England. It’s a busy season that we look forward to sharing with you when you visit us in Kennebunk.

Kismet, a word that means magical, unplanned encounters, is available to those who keep their hearts and minds open. That’s why re recommit ourselves to growth and higher learning as part of who we are and why we are always in search of new craftspeople and thinkers of all stripes. Meeting individuals with a specific point of view broadens our own and is one of the many delights experienced at Snug on a daily basis. We are so fortunate and grateful to provide inspiration and a landing spot for travelers, locals and friends. Thank you all for finding us, connecting with us and appreciating the hard work it takes to keep a unique place like Snug Harbor Farm open and accessible to our greater community.

We look forward to the season’s upcoming harvest and celebrations that will take us through the fall and into the holiday season. Visit our calendar online and look for something to lift your own sense of wonder and curiosity. Hope you will join us for some (if not all!) of the upcoming excitement at Snug Harbor Farm.

Plan ahead and reserve your place while you can. Here’s our current calendar!

Reset

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2018, The Year of the Dog. We are well into the first month and all signs lead to dog energy. Our pack of poodles teach us every day about being loyal, warm hearted, good listeners. Now is the time to turn those insights inward and nurture ourselves so that we can go out into the world better people.

We are so fortunate to be in the company of plants and animals at Snug Harbor Farm. They require a lot of care but give back all the love poured into them one hundred times over. Feeding them the best quality food at the optimum time of day, regularly, is all part of it. Wintertime in New England is an endurance race, especially for growers of plant material. Our eye is always on the dicy weather conditions and checking in on systems that keep everything alive. We are constant witnesses to the life cycles of many different varieties on the farm. It does help us appreciate the many gifts we share that nurture us. In order to do our best by the plants and animals, we must treat ourselves with the same care and conscience.

We are offering a new workshop in a couple of weeks, How to Build and Use an Apothecary Planter, in an effort to bring the many benefits of herbs to the student’s attention. We will be highlighting the simple pleasure of growing them, in addition to being able to ingest them, apply them topically and even clean with them. The whole process contributes to the health and well being of the gardener. Herbs are an amazing, multifunctional group of plants. (Disclaimer: participants will need a sunny spot for the planter to live for best results. Herbs are full sun plants.)

Prior to getting our health on, we will be celebrating all that is romantic with our third annual Build a Bouquet for your Valentine workshop. Show the one you love your creative side and play with a gorgeous collection of stems to create a bouquet that reflects all that is beautiful about your feelings! They pack a powerful message that transcend words (and doesn’t that contribute to one’s emotional well being well?) If your time, energy or interest don’t align with our workshop opportunity we would be happy to design a special floral offering for your Valentine. Just let us know how we can help.

These activities, along with some quality time outdoors, even in the coldest of temperatures, help us appreciate the world we live in and the possibilities for growth at any time of year. The cold isn’t all bad, in fact there are many benefits if applied properly. Whether you want to go deep internally or want to push your limits externally, we wish you a happy and healthy, frosty season and hope we will have a chance to connect over the coming weeks. Take good care of yourself, and your animals, plants and people.

More info about the Year of the Dog: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_(zodiac)

Entertaining into the New Year

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The holiday season is winding down but the Big Kahuna of holiday parties lays ahead. Whether you’re planning on a quiet evening getting hygge with a few friends or throwing a bash for everyone on your contact list, it’s good to have a few new recipes up your sleeve. Our staff chose some favorites for Prelude feasting from our library of cookbooks that still have us all abuzz. Our fearless leader, Tony, gravitates towards all things poultry and found a fabulous recipe for duck tacos with tomatillo salsa, which could be the start of a fabulous New Year’s Eve fiesta. The cookbook that features that and other fine options is available in the shop: Culinary BIRDS by Chef John Ash.

A fan favorite among our Prelude guests was prepared by Nichole, who is a busy mom as well as a gardenista and killer cook. Time was of the essence so she found an amazingly tasty recipe out of a new book to our shelves designed to save time called Halfway Homemade by Parrish Ritchie. We were all grateful for her choice in preparing the delectable “Speedy Firecracker Chicken”.

For the tastiest nibbles, we can count on Whitney, day in and day out for crunchy and healthy bits with her classic stand-by: Popcorn with Truffle Oil. No book required. Just pop the corn and toss in a bit of truffle oil. I made another healthy alternative: Mustard Roasted Broccoli Pate from a wonderful vegetarian cookbook First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright. She has a great website and you can find the recipe here:

http://thefirstmess.com/2013/12/12/mustard-roasted-broccoli-rillettes-recip…

For a sweet ending to the evening, Pamela was inspired by a recipe from the fantastic Taproot magazine (which we keep in stock) called Chickadee Cake. It was absolutely divine! If you haven’t checked out Taproot, we highly recommend it.

https://taprootmag.com

Look to the shop at Snug Harbor Farm for entertaining inspiration of all kinds. We’re always looking for new and fabulous cookbooks. We stock beautiful serving pieces, utensils, linens and glassware. With proper notice, we can even pull together floral dressing for your special occasions. The fact is, we love a good party and we’d be happy to help fine tune yours. Wishing one and all a very Happy New Year and look forward to more fun, beauty and adventure in 2018!

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.

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!

Sun Shiny Summer Days on the Farm

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The sun has actually shown on us a bit between all the bouts of summer rain here at the farm and it has allowed the perennials are really start showing off there best faces. We still have lots of plants in bloom now to fill up any empty spots that have been haunting you in your garden.


This Filipendula purpurea ‘Elegans’ has been the favorite new addition at home in my garden.

It is thriving in the back of my shade garden and is tall enough to stand out back there with it’s long lasting blooms. The flowers are really pretty, white with flecks of pink, and look very delicate against the green broad leaves.

Here is a great view of an established day lily planting. These ones are Hemerocallis ‘Big Bird’, a great lemony yellow and a steady summer bloomer. We have many different heights and colors to choose from at the farm, not just your general tall orange garden variety. They are always a reliable choice and can be established quickly even in an unreliable place like here by the side of the road.

We also still have shrubs and trees galore if you want to take advantage of the all the rain and do some serious planting. The Buddhas are happily watching over these lovely climbing hydrangeas, a great choice for planting on a stone wall.


And here is the ever popular Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’, the loveliest steady blooming large leaf blue variety. If it starts to turn pink on you, try giving it a little acidic fertilizer. Come and get them while they last!

So, I promise to do another posting soon. Feel free to let me know what you want to hear about in the comments. I apologize that it took me so long to get this post together. I need to start making a habit of getting out of the greenhouse for a few minutes every few days and get into the office to post more regularly. It is just so hard to pull myself away!