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Wildflower Celebration

Wildlings' moment in the spotlight

Today’s photos come from Harriet Robinson, and she is sharing with us some shots of beautiful wildflowers from a public garden where she works as a volunteer.

She writes:

The McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine, opens for the season with a Wildflower Celebration every Mother’s Day weekend. The preserved garden was planted by Bernard McLaughlin. He began planting it in 1936 and continued working in it until he died at age 98 in 1995. He especially loved lilacs and wildflowers but grew many different perennials, shrubs, and trees. These photos were snapped at this year’s Wildflower Celebration. Depending on the season (cold or warm spring), some years the celebration features bloodroot, and other years Dutchman’s britches intrigue the visitors. This year the trillium were out in full force. A wooded path between stone walls known as the wildflower lane is where most flowers bloom.

Looking down the wildflower lane toward the red barn. Wildflowers are on both sides of the path.

Looking up the wildflower lane. Ferns near the stone walls are growing up, and trillium carpet the woods beyond.

Near the top of the path, the trillums carpet the woods.

Bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8) and great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum, Zones 3–8) bloom along the path.

A wake robin (Trillium erectum, Zones 4–9) is waking up. Read this article to learn more about growing trillium in your garden.

The double yellow wood anemone (Anemone ranunculoides ‘Plenaflora’, Zones 4–8) is a European wildflower that does well in Maine.

Double wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’, Zones 4–8), also native to Europe, grows as a white ground cover.

An Amelanchier (service berry, Zones 3–7 ) towers over the lilacs in the main part of the garden.


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    meander_michaele 05/28/2018

    That well trodden path certainly strikes an evocative inner child loves the thought of romping along a pathway surrounded by natural beauty and leading to who know where. Ha, my inner child always had (and still has) a very good imagination. That's quite a magnificent and mature service berry...nice to see one in all its glory.

  2. Maggieat11 05/28/2018

    It is lovely! Love the lane flanked with the stone walls too.... thank you for bringing this garden to our attention. I hope to visit one day.

  3. cheryl_c 05/28/2018

    What a nice surprise to find a GPOD on this great national holiday, Memorial Day! Wildflowers are a fitting memorial for the many who offer(ed) their lives in places unknown to us to serve our country - so many unspoken heroes quietly sacrificing. Thank you for these beautiful photos, and thank you, Bernard McLaughlin, for your dedication to beauty.

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    treasuresmom 05/28/2018

    Love it all!!!!!!

  5. Sunshine111 05/28/2018

    Hello Harriet! How lovely to see these pictures. I visited the McLaughlin garden years ago with my daughter, and have not been back since; but it is lovely to think about my time there, and to see the photos today. Thank you for sharing

  6. btucker9675 05/28/2018

    Did not realize that serviceberries got that large - it's gorgeous!! I had trilliums in the woodland section of my garden in NJ and it was always a thrill to see them come up each spring followed closely by jack-in-the-pulpits. Thank you for this beautiful walk in the woods.

  7. [email protected] 05/29/2018

    Thanks for a wonderful treat. I love seeing such a variety of garden styles on GPOD!

  8. MegSpence 11/18/2020

    These flowers are looking so beautiful. We should take care of these flowers. As the plants and trees are an important part of the environment so always take part in promoting these flowers and plants and now they can visit for students life hacks. Good to see and read about these flowers after so long.

  9. frahnkjones 10/21/2021

    September is an exciting month for many reasons, not the least of which is the burst of color that comes along with our native wildflowers and they can visit at site to manage the work. Fall brings a number of festive occasions to celebrate in Missouri, so here are some ideas on how you can turn this season into one long celebration.

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