40s Inspired Floral Dress for Trip to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

To stave off  COVID Cabin Fever my husband and I have been trying to visit as many outdoor places as possible where it is easy to socially distance. Our latest jaunt involved a road trip to Boothbay Harbor, a picturesque coastal town in the state of Maine. We have friends in the area we wanted to visit, plus we wanted to tour the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Of course, eating lots of lobster, crab and clams was also on the list.

We got ourselves a room at Brown’s Wharf Inn, which is a marina, hotel and restaurant right on the harbor. That’s where I met my new friend, who showed on up the railing every time I sat on my balcony. Obviously very used to tourists providing him with snacks.



The hotel, and the town in general, was pretty quiet considering it was the height of tourist season. So it was easy to avoid being close to anyone. Though I really felt bad for the local businesses who I’m sure are feeling the financial effects the pandemic is causing. We did eat out a couple of times at places that had outdoor dining. And I was more than happy to feast on the local cuisine in order to contribute to the economy!

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The idea for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens started back in 1991 with only 7 residents who dreamed of one day having a world class public garden. After years of planning their dream finally came to fruition and the gardens officially opened in 2007. It is now the largest botanical garden in New England, encompassing 295 acres and sees up to 200k visitors a year from all over the world.

Tickets had to be purchased in advance and a time slot reserved to ensure only so many visitors could attend at a time. Masks were required to enter many of the exhibits. They really did a great job of keeping people safe, yet still allowing them to enjoy the beauty of the gardens.

We were very fortunate that the weather was in our favor. It was a stellar day, sunny and a bit on the cooler side. Perfect for a long walk exploring nature.

80s floral print dress

Naturally, because I was going to a garden, I had to wear something with a flower print on it. So I chose this 1980s button front cutie that had been hanging in the closet for a while, just waiting for the proper moment to take her out for a spin. I love the flowy skirt and it’s 1940s vibe. Added 50s cardigan,  bracelet and clip on earrings and a 60s flower brooch. As you can see I’m not a “vintage purist”, preferring to mix eras and new and old, into one outfit. More options that way. I felt the woven jute belt would be a good complement to the macrame on my Yellow Box wedge flip flops. I wear Yellow Box sandals a lot. I find them extremely comfy to walk in. The platform and wedge give nice cushy support to the foot.


Boothbay Botanical Gardens

So wished I could have dragged that cool piece of driftwood home with me.

There is a lovely walking trail through the woods that runs along the Back River. The views are spectacular.

Along the river a “Fairy Village” has been built. Visitors are  encouraged to add to it by gathering nearby branches, driftwood and stones to create their own fairy houses.

Andrew wasn’t happy with just posing in front of one for a photo, he insisted on crawling inside. Boys will be boys, as they say!

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden waterfall

Another glorious trail winds through their massive rhododendron garden, which unfortunately is not blooming this time of year.
Nevertheless, the scenery was still breathtaking and the sound of the waterfall was extremely soothing.

Mother Earth sculpture Maine Botanical Garden

There are also many interesting stone sculptures in the gardens. The one above is titled “Mother Earth”.  And I loved the stone pillars that were used as planters for succulents.

Stone pillar Maine Botanical Gardens

40s inspired floral print dress

Another  stunning feature is the shaded pergola. Along the edges are benches framed by fragrant roses.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens-pergola

My pictures do not do justice to how amazing these gardens are. There is also a meditation garden, butterfly house and family education center. In normal times they have ongoing classes and camps running. It is truly inspiring that just a small group of dedicated citizens were able to bring such a magical place to life.

Boothbay Harbor Sunset

Back at the inn after a thoroughly enchanting day, here is the sunset view from our deck following an early evening thunder shower.


Till next time….






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  1. Theresa
    Theresa July 23, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Thank you Shelbee. It was a great trip. Can’t wait to go back.

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    Shelbee on the Edge July 22, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Theresa, I am so loving your outfit! I think combining different eras of style together is so, so good! And these gardens are absolutely breathtaking. What a fabulous trip! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with me.

  3. Theresa
    Theresa July 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    So strange to see Maine so empty. Though it is nice to be there when it is less crowded. Love York. Such a lovely town.
    Thanks for stopping by!


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    Joanne July 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    What beautiful blooms and that sunset is just amazing! My husband and I just got back from an overnight trip to Freeport, Maine (where we also stopped in York and Kittery). It was really quiet compared to what it is normally like during the middle of summer!

  5. Theresa
    Theresa July 16, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Hee hee. From following your blog, I too, could picture your Jon doing the same. Because I’m in an apartment right now I am not able to have my own garden. This is a way for me to immerse myself in the beauty of flowers and plants. Can’t wait to go back.

  6. Theresa
    Theresa July 16, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Thank you, Ann. That’s so sad you can’t get out along the shoreline safely these days. But from your posts I know you have many beautiful green spaces to visit. Your own garden pix are always inspiring.

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    Vix July 16, 2020 at 1:55 am

    It’s amazing that the botanical gardens were only established comparatively recently, they look so established and gorgeous.
    The Barbara Hepworth-type sculpture is wonderful and I’m loving the succulent planting.
    Andrew’s antics made me giggle, that’s exactly what Jon would do.
    Your outfit is very elegant and ladylike, perfect for the occasion! xxx

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    Ann July 15, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    I have to admit to being a tiny bit envious of your trip to the coast. We only have a short stretch of coastline here in Belgium and at the merest sign of some sunshine, everyone and their dog decides to go there. Too busy at the best of times, but now there’s no way I would even consider it. Those Botanical Gardens are magnificent, and I love it that there are sculptures as well. And of course, you were dressed just perfectly for the occasion. That dress definitely has a 40s vibe and the print is just gorgeous. I always find it hard to capture the essence of a garden, possibly because its other sensory delights – the scents, the sounds, the whole atmosphere – are missing from a photograph. You did a great job, though. And that sunset view is enchanting! xxx

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