Wolfe's Neck Farm's 626 acres are dotted with campsites—some with ocean views, others in forested inland spots, and still others nestled next to electricity and water hookups. For a more upscale stay, visitors can hole up in the oceanside cottages, complete with galley kitchens. However, camping is only the beginning of an adventure on the 50-year-old campgrounds. Hiking trails criss-cross the terrain and the waterfront provides ample opportunities for fishing, kayaking or seeing what a hug from a fish feels like. The property also offers bike rentals or family farm tours and is located just five miles from the LLBean flagship store.
The skilled gardeners at Boothbay Region Greenhouses represent the lively vegetation of the Northeast with a vibrant array of lovingly and locally cultivated flowers, trees, and shrubs. Hundreds of colorful perennials ($4.99+) sink roots into fresh plots, and foliage plants ($2.99+) provide your garden with plants perfect for providing shade to accidentally shrunken children. Slightly tart and very sweet, Maine blueberries ($6.99+) expand the sensory purview of the home garden. The florist's obliging staff also creates custom floral arrangements ($30+) to suit individual needs and spruce up parties, anniversaries, or empty-handed replicas of the Statue of Liberty.
NaturaLawn of America devotes itself to caring for both lawns and the environment, eschewing harmful chemicals in favor of eco-conscious products. Natural, organic-based, and biodegradable products are administered to create healthy outdoor spaces that repel intrusive pests, such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and aging golf-course greens searching for a place to retire. Technicians determine the individual needs of each lawn to develop custom treatment plans, taking soil tests and enhancing lawns with zero-phosphorus fertilizers, seeding and aeration treatments, or regimens that focus on balancing nitrogen, potassium, and sulfur. The pest-control professionals also fight off invasive species, applying milky-spore grub control—which uses a naturally occurring bacteria—to evict Japanese beetles and European chafers. The lawn liaisons deter Lyme disease–carrying creatures with Tick Ranger and send moles on their way with biodegradable repellents or inside jobs to infiltrate the neighbor’s vegetable garden.
At Jo-Ann's Gardens, rainbows don’t just spring from clouds. They can be grown from the ground up, with help from raindrops, sunbeams, and earthworms’ sweet, tender lullabies. Some rainbows are made of flowers such as geraniums and petunias, which bloom from hanging baskets and patio pots. Others pepper the tree nursery, where evergreens mingle with budding hydrangea and sugar maples that blush red come fall. Proven Winners annuals add pop to garden beds in the spring and summer, and perennials weather harsh winters to bloom year after year. The garden center also peddles plant-tending tools, landscaping staples, and garden decorations, which range from stone statues to three hues of mulch. In addition to cultivating seedlings in seven greenhouses, attentive staffers arrange cut blooms at the floral shop and install sod, ponds, and irrigation systems through a landscaping service. :m]]
Each autumn, the tree branches at Ricker Hill Orchards begin to bow under the weight of a new generation of McIntosh apples, as they have for more than 200 years. Since 1803, the same family has cultivated the orchards, which today nurture several varieties of apples, pears, and peaches. Along with produce aisles along the East Coast, the fruit fills the baskets at Wallingford’s Fruit House, where shoppers just may save them from another fate: the bakery. There, raspberries, peaches, and blueberries tuck into pies or turnovers and hand-rolled crusts envelop apples to become fresh dumplings. The store also bakes fruitless sweets such as donuts and cookies and bottles fresh cider for pouring over a coach’s head after he wards off all the crows from the field.
In the fall, visitors can explore the orchards and pick apples themselves, hunting down such varieties as Cortland and Red Delicious. Wallingford's Fruit House’s backyard lets youngsters lose themselves in a variety of ways, from the corn maze to the petting-zoo animals’ thought-provoking lectures about delicious grass.
Owned and operated by a former golf course superintendant, Grassmaster Plus's lawn whisperers lavish plant life with TLC. A five-step lawn-care program pampers greenswards with five applications of fertilizer and four applications of herbicide. A pre-emergent crabgrass treatment stunts weeds before they sprout. Then, a granular fertilizer feeds hungry grass roots a slow-release nitrogen buffet, endowing lawns with the nutrients they need to grow lush and full. Finally, an herbicidal spot treatment knocks out broadleaf weeds such as clover and dandelions. Spaced six weeks apart, treatments that begin now-ish will continue through the fall, ensuring that Turkey Claus will be impressed with your lawn's upkeep when he stops by to leave giblets and stuffing at your doorstep.