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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!

  • Price: $45.00

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.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces 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!

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!

Passionflowers For Instant Summer Opulence

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This week many of our visitors seem to be noticing the passionflower vines that are blooming furiously at the farm. We always have a variety of hanging baskets available, but currently these are the ones stealing the show. Passionflowers, although not at all winter hardy here in Maine, are very vigorous growers and bloomers, even if just for the summer season. You can bring them in for the winter and keep them as a houseplant as well, if you are so inclined. They are always satisfying to grow, wherever you choose to put them.

Just have a look at the size of them already, and this is just in an 8 inch pot!

You can let them hang wild like you see here, or you can transplant them out of the hanging pots we grow them in and easily train them to grow up a trellis or fence. When given some blooming fertilizer regularly, they should bloom all summer in full or even part sun.

Of course, it’s these spectacular flowers that usually stop people in there tracks. Here are a few of the varieties we grow right at the farm.

This one is Passiflora ‘Purple Haze’. It is a lovely P. caerulea hybrid that has large showy flowers with white and pale purple petals, a dark purple center, and a white and purple corolla.

This one is Passiflora ‘Inspiration’. It is truly stunning with a very large frilly flower with lavender and purple petals, a lavender center, and a white and dark purple corolla.


As if that wasn’t enough, here is one of the few true red passionflowers we have found to be as prolific a bloomer as the purple ones. This Passiflora ‘Lady Margaret’ has large flowers with crimson red petals, a white center, and dark red corona with white tips.

I know. Wow, right?

An Endless Summer of Potted Succulents

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The summer here in Maine has slipped by all too quickly and the autumn air is creeping in. But we are managing to still keep ourselves quite busy at the farm preparing the hardy stock for the colder weather to come and planning, planting, and pruning with abandon in the greenhouses in anticipation of next season. If you haven’t visited in the off-season you really should. The greenhouses are open year round and can be a retreat of tropical lush greenery much appreciated on a blustery cold New England day.

Most recently we have become very excited about our ever-expanding inventory of potted succulents. They are possibly the lowest maintenance of all our greenhouse plants and are just as easy to keep as houseplants as long as you have a bit of direct sun. They generally thrive on a windowsill in well drained soil when watered just once or twice a month through the winter. It really doesn’t get much easier than that! The color and shape variations available are practically endless and almost sculptural. Here’s a taste of what we currently have in stock to get you salivating.

A varigated aloe variety

An echeveria hybrid

An unusual sedum variety
Sedum ‘Hens and Chicks
Agave ‘Retro Choke
Agave ‘Sharkskin
A small leafed jade

Sedum hispanicum ‘Blue Carpet’

An assortment in our own hypetufa pots

Kalanchoe ‘Flapjack’

An assortment of potted echeveria varieties

A closer look

A profile view

And our HUGE varigated agave
Well it’s pretty large for around these parts, anyway.

Feel free to comment if you know any of the horticultural names I have missed.

Autumn Colors Abound in The Shop!

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The days may be getting darker but warm festive colors are still aplenty in The Shop here at the Snug Harbor Farm. We are excitedly stocking up on many new seasonal items for both indoors and out. Come by and have a look!


Hope to see you soon!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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That’s right, we are open and ready to serve all your holiday needs this season.

We have everything from the tree to the trimmings as well as gifts and holiday greenery galore.

We’ve been busy in our wreath making area making you fresh and unique holiday decorations.

Potted plants from the greenhouse and locally crafted ceramic vegetables make great gifts for gardeners of all types.

We also have these great lightweight tabletop greenhouses and terrariums and an assortment of unique plants with which to fill them.

Paper whites always make a great gift. We have ones that are already potted and blooming for instant gratification as well as ones that are sprouting and ready to be planted for enjoyment later on in the winter.

The shop is overflowing with holiday gift ideas.


Here are some garden critters in cement and iron as well as some St. Francis statuary to watch over them.

Here are some more topiaries ready for your holiday table.

And did I mention wreaths?
We have an ever changing supply made fresh on site right here at the farm!


Even the gargoyles are getting in the spirit!


We have potted evergreens of all shapes and sizes, great for holiday decorating now and planting later. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

And we still have some Maine grown and cut trees, greenery, and berries for your traditional indoor and outdoor decorating as well.

Happy holidays from all of us at the farm.
We look forward to seeing you soon!