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Discovering Maine

Maine has many interesting people and surprising places. Recently we were pleased to find both at Old Sheep Meadows Nursery in Alfred at 90 Federal Street. I was expecting the usual nursery but found down the rolling, rural country road, Michal and Raymond Graber’s charming antique Maine home

surrounded by acres of cultivated gardens to showcase their love of roses, flowering trees, shrubs and perennials including their spectacular daylilies.

Raymond is the rosarian and ecologist while Michal is the landscape designer and horticulturist.

Michal specializes in English gardens as you can see.

They were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on the afternoon we were there; 47 of those years have been spent growing the roses and daylilies together! Now that’s true love!

We spent several pleasurable hours photographing the daylilies and talking with Michal. At the end of the afternoon we couldn’t resist buying some daylilies for our garden

and selected several plants in different shades of salmon and mauve, beautiful enough for a bride’s bouquet! Want to see more?

If you love old roses or daylilies or would like to see one of Maine’s great secrets, take a trip out to Old Sheep Meadows Nursery, but call ahead to make sure they are open, 207-324-5211. And be sure to give yourself plenty of time to fully enjoy this Maine treasure!