Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kingsbrae Garden

On Sunday we visited St. Andrews-by-the-Sea near the southwest border of NB.  Settled by Loyalists from Castine Maine in 1783, the town retains New England charm with well-preserved salt box style architecture and classic examples of American shingle style houses.  It is a popular tourist destination and home to one of the loveliest Canadian gardens.

The jewel of St. Andrews is the 27 acre garden named Kingsbrae.  Formerly the residence of John and Lucinda Flemer, the property has been developed as a showcase for diverse horticultural styles. From high-maintenance traditional hedges to contemporary container plantings, the gardens are full of colour, beauty and drama.  In addition to the usual beds of roses and rhododendrons, the garden includes an Acadian forest, an heirloom apple orchard, a therapy garden, and a cedar maze.   My husband from the Netherlands was surprised to find a fully functional authentic Dutch windmill built on the edge of a pond.

Formal gardens, precisely clipped

White is used throughout the garden as a backdrop for colour

Layers of colour and contrasting shapes add interest

The sculpture garden includes this oversize trowel- a nod to Claes Oldenburg

Peonies line the path 

The former Flemer residence, now a fine restaurant 

The restaurant terrace overlooks the gardens
Alpacas graze on the lawn while we eat lunch

Blue and yellow plantings

Upper pond, home to the ducks

Dutch windmill, one third scale

Red Trumpet Honeysuckle

The garden is used as a venue for open air concerts and weddings

Every passage provides a vista
Rose garden
Roses in bloom

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

- Henry James