Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a private garden on three acres, south…
Nineteenth century poet and gardener Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) spent her summers on Appledore Island off the coast of New Hampshire.
There in the summer she planted a garden with heirloom Victorian flowers.
She records her garden experience in her wonderful book called An Island Garden. There are many colorful images of Celia and her garden including this one by Boston artist Childe Hassam. [Below]
For the past several years volunteers have worked on the island to create Celia’s garden.
They planted in the same spot where she gardened, following the plant list of fifty varieties from her book.
This summer was different.
The threat of the coronavirus made boat travel to the Island impossible.
So the same volunteers, with the support of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, built her garden at Prescott Park along the water in downtown Portsmouth. [Below]
You see three beds, each measuring 5′ by 15′ and planted with many of her flowers. The list includes cleomes, poppies, and zinnias.
It is a wonderful collection of annuals, biennials, and perennials. [Below]
http://americangardening.net/best-dating-site-on-app-store/ in nearby Greenland sells many of her flowers in a special collection under her name.
On the seacoast of New Hampshire everything related to Celia Thaxter is revered. Her garden at Prescott Park is no exception.