Bunchberry Moat Garden
This timeless, shingle-style cottage was constructed as recently as 2010. Although the garden is also a relatively new installation, it possesses a timeless quality imparted by the scale of the natural stonework and rich colorful plantings. The garden, set on a slight rise overlooking Somes Sound features terraced gardens surrounding the house, and artfully combines beautiful boulders, steps, decorative paths and stone bridges and benches. It was designed by Landscape Architect Bruce John Riddell of Bar Harbor, Maine and Lakeland, Florida and professionally constructed.
The colorful plantings are layered with lower maintenance native plants, mixed with traditional and hardy cottage perennials to form magical displays of color and texture throughout the seasons. Included within the garden are large sweeps of native Maine groundcovers including: hay-scented fern, lowbush blueberry, bearberry, wintergreen, lavender, cotoneaster and moss, interspersed with multi-colored daylilies, rosa rugosa, cranesbill, sedum, fairy roses, and ornamental trees, shrubs and rhododendrons. A unique stone water feature and stone lanterns appear among the stone “sentinels”, surrounding the narrow moat of rounded river stones which help divert drainage throughout the property.
On the ocean side of the house, wide ledge steps of Oak Hill Granite amid crushed pink granite paths lead from the dock to the columned verandah. The lawn slopes gently down to meet the Sound as wind-blown trees bend sculpturally above the rocky beach. As you explore this glorious combination of Maine’s natural treasures, tread carefully along the steep gradients, steps and wildflowers –and enjoy…