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A Bust

August 22nd, 2013

On Tuesday, we tried to visit a few gardens in the capital city of Augusta with my parents.  The list that inspired us, was found in Down East Magazine, clearly it must have been an older article (the date didn’t appear on the web article).
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Our first stop, was Viles Arboretum. Which was actually nice, small, but nice. My dad was particularly interested in seeing the American Chestnut Collection.
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The hosta garden was very impressive. I didn’t count but there were hundreds of different varieties.  The setting was perfect, all along a shady walkway lined with birch trees, it was really beautiful.  If you want to add hostas to the garden, this is the place to check them out.
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Our next stop was the garden at the Blaine House, the governor’s mansion. It was supposed to be open for self-guided tours on Tues-Thurs. I tried calling ahead, but couldn’t reach them. When we arrived, the gardens were less then impressive from outside the fence (my gardens in Malvern were much nicer). The gardener on duty told us we’d have to get a reservation at a museum down the street, but he wasn’t exactly sure where it was or if they gave out reservations, he really didn’t know much.  I guess people aren’t clamoring to tour these gardens and their website was way out of date.
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We then stopped at the Blaine Memorial Park, which was described as follows: Adjacent to the historic Forest Grove Cemetery, the site affords sweeping views that overlook the city and Kennebec River for several miles.
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Clearly the article was written a LONG time ago, or the author of the article just copied things from the website and didn’t actually visit the site. This was the “sweeping view of the Kennebec”.  It’s behind all those tall trees.
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Our last garden to see in Augusta was the Kennebec Valley Garden Club Park. It was described in the article as: Two acres of perennials, birdhouses, trees, and a children’s butterfly and hummingbird garden.  This is what we found, a small fenced in garden filled with weeds.
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I guess Augusta isn’t the gardening community it used to be. We laughed and drowned our sorrows in ice cream from the Augusta farmers market.
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Since we hadn’t seen much of anything that day, we decided to swing by the Johnny’s Selected Seeds Research Farm to see something that resembled a garden, we were not disappointed.
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Sometimes things don’t go as planned, in fact, around here it’s rare that something actually goes as planned. This kind of day is actually quite typical for us. The whole point of the day was to spend time with family and that was accomplished. No doubt we’ll laugh about our Augusta Maine Garden Tour Bust for years to come.

Have you ever gone somewhere to see something that was no longer there?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.