Turkey Tracks: Gardens in the Watershed 2015

Turkey Tracks:  July 17, 2015

Gardens in the Watershed 2015

(of the St. George River)

Giovanna McCarthy and I headed out for the annual “Gardens in the Watershed” (of the St. George River) last Sunday (July 12th).

It was a bright, sunny, and very hot day–perfect for a garden tour.

The first garden blew me away!  It was “The Secret Garden” of Daria Peck and was built along a culvert for rainwater.

Let’s take a little tour of the six gardens:


Along one STEEP side of the culvert Daria Peck has planted right up the wall:

Who knew this treasure was tucked away next to a sleep residential street in Thomaston, Maine.

I fell in love with a huge hosta at the entrance to the garden.  Giovanna said it’s named “Guacamole.”


Here it is up close:


What an inspiration this garden is.

This rebar (yes, rebar) archway of roses is a central feature of Gregory Moore and Kathleen Starrs’ “Hands and Knees Gardens.”  Flower and vegetable beds extend out to either side of the archway in this charming garden.  Flowers bloom everywhere in the many, many beds.  Kathleen told me that she cuts flowers for various concerns in Thomaston, so this garden is also somewhat of a business.



Isn’t this garden shed wonderful?  See the chimney pipe?  There’s a wood stove inside likely.



I have long been intrigued by this horse feature on the road to Cushing.  Well!  It’s part of the Bernard Langlais Sculpture Preserve–left in an estate to Colby College and now purchased by The Georges River Land Trust.  The Preserve is undergoing restoration and conservation.  There are 70 acres of trails, a home, a studio, and outdoor sculptures created by Langlais.



Here’s another piece of artwork–a carved panel:


The gardens and house of Peter Kukielski and Drew Hodges out on Davis Point are an outstanding example of what it’s like to live on one of the points overlooking the river.  (Peter was curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden.)

The house (1826) is a terrific example of what is called loosely in Maine “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn” architecture.  And the house is part of a 16-acre salt water farm.


Here’s a view of the opposite side of this house:

And here are views from the front of the house:


There is a great fire pit:


And on a table just back of the house, one of the best displays of succulents in a long planter I’ve seen:




Aren’t these terrific.  They stay outside all winter…

Phyllis and Wes Daggett’s property is lovely.  The house has sweeping lawns that run down to the river.  And you just know there’s a lot of good living in the house.

Here’s the back of the house:


Here’s the view to the river:


Tucked away in south Thomaston Is the garden of Susan Egerton Griggs and George Griggs.  I fell in love with this property at first sight.  And if I am not mistaken, it’s for sale:  asking price $245K.



The view from the back of the house:



The side of the studio:








Lots of raised beds on either side of a central path:



The back of the house:




Gathering in wood is a serious business in Maine and takes place in the summer:



The tour was terrific.  The day was terrific.  By now we were hot and tired.  So we took ourselves to Owls Head Lighthouse for our picnic lunch where we acknowledged our gratefulness for people who garden.



Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

One thought on “Turkey Tracks: Gardens in the Watershed 2015”

  1. Wow! Thanks for a terrific tour of those gardens and homes. That’s just incredibly beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of homes in a lot of places with price tags like that which weren’t nearly as beautiful.

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