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]
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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.
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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