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YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove

Located on Portland's Back Cove, Maine's first demonstration landscape, where you can learn to make your yard a sustainable garden that minimizes reliance on fertilizers, pesticides, and water.

Back Cove Gardens in the news
207—WCSH-TV6's nightly magazine
Community Television Network TV 2 & 5

Slideshow history of the gardens on YouTube
Download Slideshow history [WMV]

YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove ViewYardScaping Gardens at Back Cove Tree and ShrubsYardSCaping Gardens at Back Cove Information Kiosk and Runner

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Working with the City of Portland, the YardScaping Partnership selected two and a half acres along the Back Cove's walking trail for the project. The site showcases appropriate plantings in urban to rural settings in a beautiful, homeowner-doable way, plus serves as a model for municipalities across the state.

YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove Siteplan

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Complete Plant List [PDF]

While partially funded by a $35,000 Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency and a $10,000 grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation, there were many significant donations of labor and materials. List of donors/volunteers and plant/material sources [PDF].

The gardens may be complete, but the work, as any gardener knows, will never end! Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated. Signup form for weeding, mulching, watering, and pruning for the upcoming 2014 season.

Lists of Plants Found in the Gardens

Join these YardScaping Partners!

Allen, Sterling & Lothrop • Bar Mills Ecological • Carroll Associates, Landscape Architects • Breakwater SchoolCasco Bay Estuary Partnership City of Portland Congress of Lake Associations Friends of Casco Bay Friends of Scarborough Marsh Gnome Landscapes, Design & Masonry Jacobs Edwards and Kelcey Kennebunkport Conservation Commission LakeSmart Program Libby’s Landscaping and GreenhouseLisa Cowan, studioverde landscape architecture + designMaine Board of Pesticides Control Maine Department of Agriculture Maine Department of Environmental Protection Maine Landscape & Nursery Association Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts Maine State Planning Office Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program Natural Resources Conservation Service New England Organics O'Donal's Nurseries PJC & Company Ecological Land CarePortland Trails Shaw Brothers ConstructionSkillin's Greenhouses Southern Maine Community College Think Blue Maine Program Town of Brunswick University of Maine Cooperative Extension