Opening Hours Spring 2023

When is Fernwood opening this spring for another season of woodland, native, and shade perennials ( plus woodies and natives for the sun to part shade and rarities from around the globe!)? Opening : Saturday, May 6th. Nursery hours for the months of May and June : Thursday through Sunday, 9 to 5. July and August: Thursday through Saturday. September: Fridays and Saturday. October: By appointment. Come cruise the nursery and gardens…see you soon!! ( That’s a sweet little double Anemonella thalictriodes soon to be popping up in the display garden)

It’s July!

How did that happen!! Hope everyone is having a delightful and bountiful gardening season. We have new hours for the months of July and August here at the nursery and they are as follows:

July through August open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9 to 5

Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Closed For the Fourth of July ( Family Day!)

September: Open Friday and Saturday 9 to 5

October by appointment ( Please call ahead and we will gladly make time for you).

Continue to Enjoy your summer and we hope you’ll visit us here at Fernwood Nursery!!

Sweet Maine Native

Picture 2962This little gem has been catching the eyes of customers while wandering through the nursery here at Fernwood. Linnaea borealis (commonly known as Twinflower) is a sweet little Maine native that often goes unnoticed in the woodland, except for when it is in flower. A small trailing ground cover with glossy evergreen leaves and dainty bell-shaped pink and white flowers, it surprises people with its sweet all-spicey fragrance. The nodding twin flowers are held on an erect stem about 3-4 inches above their (also twin) leaves. Sometimes the smallest and less obvious plants can be the most delightful ones to happen upon!Picture 2971

A Trip South

A quick trip south and this is what I came across while walking through the woodlands of Kentucky. So incredible to find these beauties in bloom throughout their native landscape. Back in Maine it will be a few more weeks before the ephemerals start blooming. Double dipping in plant delight! And of course, you can find most of these ( and more!) here at Fernwood Nursery!

Podophyllum pefltatum
Clayton virginica
Trillium cuneatum
Sanguinaria canadensis
Saxifrage virginiensis
Silene virginica

Soon! Soon Enough!

I have been a very delinquent blog poster for quite sometime now. It has been far easier in the last year to post a few photos and events and “what kind of things might be happening in the world of Fernwood” on Instagram. Here’s the link: We’re inviting you to visit us over there but if this site still functions as a platform for information ( directions, hours, classes) I will certainly be more diligent at keeping it updated. April will have us scurrying to be ready for another season here ( over 30 years this Fernwood gig, pretty amazing, huh?). The greenhouse is being cleared for starts and early propagation. If the weather takes on a consistent warming pattern, we’ll be uncovering the nursery very soon. Yipee!

The first week of May ( exact date to be announced) will be our target for opening this season. We have been putting a list of classes together and will list them here in the Classes And More page.

We look forward to visitors here at the nursery and will keep you posted as we near that time in May when the doors open.

Til then, be well and blessings…

Spring Delight

The gardens are greeting us each and every day with beauty and promise. I feel a great need to go out in the morning and travel inch by inch on my hands and knees, examining every little plant, every little shoot, every little flower. Look at this beauty, Erythronium dens-canis ‘Rose Queen’, makes you want to get down on the ground for a closer look, doesn’t it?

Opening This Season, Friday May 7th!

Happy Spring ! We are gearing up for another season and looking forward to sharing our many plant delights! The Hepaticas and Erythronium ‘Rose Queen’, Sanguinaria, and Corydalis are all in bloom and every day another woodland beauty greets us.

We hope you’ve all stayed well and happy throughout the winter months. It has been a rough go for the world at large and we here at Fernwood feel comforted by the natural world and our relationship to it. The woods and rivers and ocean ….and gardens! , an elixir for the body and soul.

So, Friday May 7th it is! Wednesday through Sunday, 9 to 5. We have been posting and writing a bit more on Instagram, please check us out there for additional info,

The plants have no idea of the virus that looms over us. They are simply carrying on, pushing onward and upward. Their presence, the delight they bring, is helping to calm our souls, give us something other than hand washing and mask wearing ( we are doing both!) and ‘mission accomplished’ trips to the store from being, always, in the very forefront of our minds. The woodland landscape here at the nursery is filled with bird chatter and bee activity and new blooms and texture. A feast. A bounty. A world enchanted. Here are a few quick snaps of plants catching our eye at the moment…be well and safe dear friends!

Cypripedium parviflorum

Hydrastis canadense

This Fella…

We have had many good dogs here at the nursery. There was this one: Boreal who amazed us with his intelligence and his loyalty. There was good old Miller dog This Old Dog…. who was like a Buddha in blond fur. Really, really great dogs. We loved them dearly and miss their personalities and presence in our every day.
And, then, well, there’s Lucky. Lucky was the tiny little pup our daughter brought home curled up in a blanket. “Mom, we HAVE to keep him, he’s so cute and he needs us and I promise, promise, promise, you won’t have to do a thing, I’ll do everything!” When a kid tells you that, it’s never really the truth. It doesn’t matter if it’s a dog or a goldfish, as a parent, you end up buying the food or scraping the algae off the side of the fish bowl.
Lucky is pretty much my dog now and has been for over 6 years. The daughter still adores him but doesn’t live at home anymore and I have to admit that I fell so head over heals in love with this dog that I thought of every reason why it would be best if he stayed here at the nursery…stability, room to roam ( which he does little of!), the move too traumatic ( this was embellished a bit by me), on and on I went. Lucky is silly and very affectionate and quite frankly sees himself as sort of “The Prince of Fernwood”. He does very little to scare off deer or even chipmunks and prefers comfort over combat. He has an internal clock inside his head that keeps him devoted to his routine. The routine encompasses meal times, finding the warmest coziest spot to lounge, and bedtime. He does love his walks in the woods and car rides and helping us as we move the sheep fence at the farm…as long as it’s not too cold, not too windy, not too wet, or the sheep get too close ( he’s embarrassed to admit that sheep intimidate him). He is goofy and snuggly and adores his family. He loves to be pampered and that is why I cart his ‘day bed’ out to the hoop house everyday where it gets super toasty and he can enjoy basking in warmth while he snoozes. Pathetic. Comfort is number one for this dog, he loves people, will follow children anywhere, and truly appreciates the life he lives.
I am lucky for Lucky. I am. I am.
So, if you visit the nursery, you may meet Lucky. You may meet him if the day does not involve inclement weather and if he is not stretched out catching the sun. If the variables of comfort are aligned and he is inspired to make the trek from hoop house to sales area, he may saunter ( and I do mean saunter) up to the nursery to say hello.
Now, this poem, by Kate Barnes…which Lucky approves of.

Why Do You Ask?

I can’t make
any story
about my life
tonight. The house
is like an overturned
the radio
is predicting more snow.
I ask my dog
to tell me
a story, and he
never hesitates.
“Once upon
a time,” he says,
“a woman lived
with a simply
wonderful dog…” and
he stops talking.
Is that all?”
I ask him.
“yes,” he says,
“Why do you ask?
Isn’t it enough?”