It’s hard to believe that just a week ago I was writing about the beach. Or actually, I was AT the beach. As I type this, there is snow and sleet coming down outside my window. The crocuses are now covered in a thin layer of “poor man’s fertilizer” and I’m thanking my instinct/experience/laziness for not putting seeds into the ground yet.
But almost two weekends ago, we celebrated my sweet girl’s fifth birthday under cloudless blue skies and in unusually balmy March temperatures at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. We were delighted to hear that we were welcome to use the space in the Children’s Garden and pay only a nominal fee for use of the bathroom facilities. (The garden is “closed” until April 1st and there is no charge but also no use of the indoor spaces until then.) So we set up a lovely feast under the covered picnicking area and the children quickly spread out around the grounds, with the birthday girl leading the charge.
(all photos are copyright of Michelle Garner Photography, 2012)
We were very fortunate in the weather, the company, the accessibility of the gardens, and in our photographer friend, Michelle Garner. As you can see, Michelle does excellent work, especially in capturing the spirit of children at play! She is located in Central Maine but is willing to travel. Check out her work!
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens actually does “host” birthday parties during the “on” season. I had no idea until I started exploring their website. The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable so I can only imagine how much fun it would be to have them take care of the party for you. I really love their themes too: Miss Rumphius, Stone Wall Dragons, Fairy Houses, and Blueberries for Sal. But we were just as delighted with our off-season venture. There is something magical about feeling you “own” the garden for a couple of hours. The pirate girl certainly thought so!
There is plenty of space at CMBG to have the most piratical of treasure hunts, as well as to open presents.
And when you’re ready to rest with some sweet babies, there is a place for that too.
Hope to see you at the gardens this spring! (Erin)