Mary Ellen’s Gardens surround Seanook, Paradise Cottage, and our shop/Studio and are fun to visit May through November; something new will always be blooming. However, the greens provide interest too with leaves of different shades, shapes and sizes. The Studio Garden is Mary Ellen’s primary labor of love, because she can maintain it without disturbing guests at Seanook or Paradise Cottage.
Mary Ellen and Ron designed it by treading paths in freshly raked topsoil on July 27, 2009.
These beds are intended to be accessible all the way to the middle of each. Central ones feature grey or white foliage. Perimeter beds each has its own color scheme starting with pink on the west corner, moving around to gentle orange, then yellow on the northeast corner, yellow and blue, purple and chartreuse, blue with some lavender since true blue is such a difficult flower color, and finally white on the west.
The link below shows pictures of all the early gardens. These include Rugosa Roses by Seanook, Paradise Cottage Spirea, The Studio Garden, cherished wild Pyrola, an interesting Hydrangea that has not bloomed since 2013, Crocosmia Lucifer, Blue-eyed Grass, and two views of the Streambed Garden next to Paradise Cottage. https://photos.app.goo.gl/fqK6wq2ojgdkxk7c7
Here is a compilation of pictures from 2018. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bod8NboYNuXebHNS8
2019 gardens are here. https://photos.app.goo.gl/hrQtMcj7X4ugAGrT7tps://photos.app.goo.gl/hrQtMcj7X4ugAGrT7
I did most of the gardening by myself in 2020 because of the COVID. But it was fun and rewarding. Check out the photos here and search for the video; it is hidden. Clue: look for the narrow trellised entrance. It will take you in! https://photos.app.goo.gl/WfnthQF4neexZN59A
Stop by Paradise Studio or come for a stay at one of the cottages to fully enjoy the gardens.