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Prepping a Garden for a Late Fall Wedding

This Maine garden is still lovely enough for a wedding, even after a bit of snow

Today’s photos come from Harriet Robinson. She shared her beautiful garden with us several times before. This post shows some amazing before and after shots of creating her garden.

When my son and his fiancee gave me a month’s notice that they wanted a small wedding in my western Maine garden on October 19, I got to work pulling ugly daylily leaves and hoping the asters and other fall bloomers and the peony foliage wouldn’t disappoint this year. I knew we’d be a week past peak hardwood foliage, but I hoped for the best. A little snow the day before and the freeze that killed the annuals were minor challenges. I borrowed two urns from a friend to help stage the area. I bought a couple of blueberry plants for them, the only thing the nursery had that looked like it would fit a fall wedding (evergreens are too Christmasy, as is winterberry), so that they could be planted at the couple’s home afterward. The sparse blueberry plants needed help from wild blueberry foliage and pine I cut from our field, as well as sugar maples leaves. The wedding day was clear, with gorgeous views, and the asters and peony foliage did cooperate.

Asters and armillary (they were behind the bridal couple).


The bride came down these stairs, string players were seated in the white iron chairs, and the guests stood on the cement patio. The deck above provided balcony seating for elderly grandparents.


One of the urns.


Across to Mt. Washington on the wedding day.


These water features and the sundial were behind where the guests stood.


Persicaria Darjeeling (Persicaria affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’, Zones 3–9) with snow. The bride and groom stood on the cement walk just behind and to its right.


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    meander_michaele 11/02/2018

    There's probably not much that can successfully compete with that lovely distant view and your up close garden but a happy bride and groom easily take center stage. Congrats to them and to you, Harriet, for giving them such a beautiful setting for their memorable ceremony.
    ps Love the arrangement you put together for the urns....truly stunning.

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    treasuresmom 11/02/2018

    Not many gardeners would be willing to take on a last minute event like that. I suspect it was a beautiful ceremony.

  3. toweringpines 11/02/2018

    I have been reading GPOD for years and the posts just keep getting better and better. This garden and the information provided are so inspiring.

  4. cheryl_c 11/02/2018

    How wonderful that Mt. Washington cooperated to make an appearance on that special day! And what a beautiful job you did - due to your earlier planning for what makes a fall garden beautiful. I was especially taken with your water features (I also have a cast iron cauldron), and the persicaria - is it at all invasive for you?

    1. mainer59 11/02/2018

      That particular persicaria is a spreader but not invasive by any stretch. It had some winter kill last winter for the first time in years and you might notice there's a puny Love Lies Bleeding staked in the "empty" spot. The water features are galvanized tubs blackened over a fire. The waterlily one was my brother's outdoor maple syrup cauldron. The pitcher plant is a newer one that sprung a leak (they don't make them like they used to) and has a rubbery feed bowl in it to hold the water. The cactus (right in photo, in shade) are in an oval one as is a running water feature not in any of the pictures.

  5. btucker9675 11/02/2018

    What a kind thing for you to do, and everything looks so beautiful, natural and soft - must have been a beautiful wedding and I hope they really appreciated it. Truly a "church" setting made by God and gardened by you!

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