Maine's Shadiest Nursery
Fernwood Nursery is a specialty nursery in midcoast Maine focusing on native and woodland plants hardy to this area. We have one of the largest collections of shade tolerant plants in New England. Most of the plants are propagated here at the nursery, especially the natives. We also grow many plants from other parts of the world that have proven to do well in our climate.
Hybridizing and evaluating different species, variants, and cultivars of plants is an ongoing process at Fernwood. Some of the plants we are testing and developing in the display beds may not yet be available . There are several cultivars of Hosta and other perennials that we have developed or selected that are on the market today. Many of our other introductions are available only here at the nursery. We grow hundreds of varieties of hostas that are complimented by an equally large assortment of ferns, wildflowers, and other choice plants for shade.
Gardening should be fun. Our plants are chosen to be those that are not in need of staking, spraying, or extra mulch for overwintering. The display beds demonstrate how we use our plants in a way that is aesthetically pleasing while requiring the least amount of care. Because of the recent move of the nursery to its present location, the beds are new, with more being added every year. This gives the visitor an opportunity to see how and why we build, prepare, and maintain them the way we do.
While we do not offer garden design services per se, we do encourage customers to bring photos and drawings if help is needed in making their selections. Customers should feel free to ask as many questions as necessary.
The property is mostly wooded, but has large open sunny areas with established vegetable gardens. This is where we grow a large variety of organic vegetables that make up the bulk of our yearly food supply. Upon arrival, customers are often attracted to this area first. It is part of our intention to create a home and nursery that reflects our interest in blending the landscape with plants that have ornamental qualities along with those that provide a sustainable food source. With each visit you will continue to see progress in this direction as well as find the plants Fernwood is well known for.
Along with her efforts in the vegetable gardens, Denise also has a passion for fiber, she keeps a small flock of Blue Face Leicester sheep that produce an exceptional wool. She will be offering her hand spun yarn and rovings which have been dyed in a wide range of unique colors.
This is all a process and often a slow one , we invite you to come and observe as we grow and develop our home and nursery.
Rick & Denise