United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Mount Desert
Town of Mount Desert
Somes Meadows (Mount Desert, Maine)
The gardens at Somes Meadow consist of a front sunken border garden, a cottage garden, a shady border, a large cutting/vegetable garden, and foundation plantings around houses and outbuildings. The property is surrounded by a large meadow that sweeps down to the shore of Somes Sound. The site of the cutting/vegetable garden was originally a clay tennis court, so the beds were raised 18-24" with granite edges. Sapling arbors and towers and birch tree twigs give added support to plants as well as added height and interest to the garden. The gardens within the weathered fence are separated by large granite curbing block obtained locally. "The concept of the garden is to respect the 'spirit' of the place' and seem at home in Maine. A garden that is not too formal..."
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Somes family (former owners, 1836-1962); Mr. and Mrs. Hanes (former owners, ca. 1962-1972); Robert Patterson (architect, 1962); Don Smith and Son (nurserymen, 1978); Paul Ritter (gardener, 1978-1990); and Joy Lyons (gardener, 1989-present).
The folder includes a work sheet, site plan, plant lists, and copies of articles.
Garden featured in: Paula Dietz, "A Cultivated Coast," in House and Garden, September 1991
Garden featured in: Susan Jennett Bleecker, "An Intimate Point of View," in Town and Country, June 1996
Garden featured in: A Practical Guide to Garden Design, July 1996
Garden featured in: Mary Tonnetti Dorra, Beautiful American Vegetable Garden, pp. 14-20
Garden featured in: Rebecca Sawyer-Fay, Gardens Maine Style (Down East Books, 2001) pp. 34-35