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Friday, January 07, 2011

Top 5 Travels of 2010, Strolling Kingsbrae Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

A good botanical garden has often been a highlight of my travels, from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Capetown to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. So I was excited to walk through the Kingsbrae Gardens in St. Andrews this past July, especially after being cooped up in Down East Maine dealing with three solid days of rain. Due to inclement weather, I had to cancel a cruise to see puffins at Machias Seal Island, a sea kayaking jaunt on Cobscook Bay, and an oceanfront hike at Culter Coast Public Lands. So when the sun finally came out on the ferry ride over from Eastport to New Brunswick, I could breathe again. Those breaths of fresh air soon became flower scented as I made my way through the wave of colors from flowers in bloom at Kingsbrae. Just across the Maine border, the quiet seaside town of St. Andrews is an undiscovered gem with Kingsbrae Gardens leading the way. Hummingbirds flew under the tall chestnut trees, water lilies dotted the fountains, and everywhere you looked, there was some whimsical sculpture nestled within the 27-acre grounds. I bent down and inhaled from the sweet-smelling rugosas and for a moment, everything was bliss.


Posted by Steve Jermanok on 01/07/11 at 02:00 PM
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Thank you, Steve, for such a warm and positive report of Kingsbrae Garden and St Andrews by-the-Sea in general. It was my sincere pleasure to give you the tour of our Garden, and I hope that this post will encourage many more people to take the road less travelled and enjoy the peace, beauty and friendly atmosphere we offer. A town of 1850 residents, St Andrews often doubles that number in the summer, being a historic seaside resort town with many amenities not commonly found in tiny towns. Boating, dining (great local seafood and cuisine!), artisans, nature, whale & wildlife tours, hiking, biking, architecture, small museums, art and garden delights await--something for all ages and interests. all the very best in gardening, Maureen

Picture of Maureen  McIlwain Comment by Maureen McIlwain
on 01/10/11 at 07:01 PM

Hadn't thought of St. Andrews before but now it's on my list. Would love to see a category for Homes (historic) and Gardens on your site. Just discovered it today after reading your lovely article on Mt. Auburn Cemetery birding in Boston Globe.

Picture of carol morse Comment by carol morse
on 03/18/12 at 01:56 PM

Excellent suggestion, Carol. Thanks for checking in!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 03/18/12 at 03:03 PM

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