An Enchanted English Garden at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

There are people, places and moments that bring out the unguarded, trusting and open-hearted child within. The garden at Pineland Farms is one such place for us. When Wayne and I entered the white gates last week, we walked into what felt like a dream. 

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We simultaneously experienced three things as soon as we entered: The solitude of being the only two people there, the breathtaking beauty, and the busy flight of butterflies and bees in the airfield above the acre of flowers.

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The purple sage had dozens of  bees that didn’t seem to notice us when we stopped and put our noses to the fragrant leaves.

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You can see and listen to the fountain here.

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Wayne said these look like little hearts.

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6 thoughts on “An Enchanted English Garden at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

  1. It surely is magical! Much of its mystique comes from it’s being surrounded by a high, pure white fence. In addition to protecting the garden from critters, it also shuts out the outside world for those who venture inside. I have a feeling that this is by design. I happen to know the two young men who were instrumental in the design, then implementing it! They are Chris and Chris! They were just starting out in their landscape business, and were recommended to us to do some landscape work for us. Our yard was a challenge, because there were some very wet spots in the yard. By the way, the challenge continues, somewhat tameand we are always working on the drainage. As they say, a garden is always a work in progress! During the time they were working with us, they were chosen to work on the perennial garden for Pineland. This was a huge coup for the two young men. I think I feel more personally connected with the garden because I’ve seen it during its birth pangs, and growth. Many of my plants, or plant material as they call it, are the same ones that are grown at Pineland. I think it is a lovely design, very welcoming, and inviting for strolling. We usually are the only ones there! We always take our houseguests to Pineland. The rest of the grounds of Pineland are very lovely as well. We have watched Pineland change from an abandoned institution for the mentally handicapped to the beautiful and vibrant campus that it is now.
    Lunch in the cafeteria there is quite good. I had lunch recently with friends in the dining area connected with the store. (The store sells locally grown and produced food, as well as other locally made goods). They are two different venues, both very pleasant.
    On a clear day, Mount Washington is very visible!
    Over the years that we have been in Maine, Pineland is always a place we like to visit, in all seasons. It is only a few minutes from our home. The equestrian center is always worth a visit too.
    Pineland is truly a treasure!

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    1. DeeDee, nice backstory and how special that you have a personal connection to it! We went to the cafeteria last year as well as visited some of the barnyard friends.

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  2. Hi Averyl! I haven’t been on here for a while and am so delighted to see your lovely photographs. What a beautiful place! Here in Fort Worth we have the Botanic Gardens which are similar, but I-30 is nearby and the sound of cars is always present. This, of course, ruins the atmosphere somewhat, however it is still beautiful. Thank you for sharing such beauty.

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    1. Glad you are here now, Susan! Always nice to see you and thank you. Regarding the sound of cars, I once lived in a rural farmhouse in Falmouth, Maine that was within earshot of the Interstate. I used to pretend it was a rushing stream in the distance. 😀

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