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Your Home: The Joy of Gardening

Wild at heart

This hardy seaside garden in Ogunquit, Maine, is designed to fit right in with the untamed landscape that surrounds it.

Birds, butterflies, and bees are among the primary joys an ambitious couple derive from the garden at their vacation home in Ogunquit, Maine. In fact, it was recently certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, thanks to its abundance of plants that attract animals and insects, its protective hedges, and its birdbaths and birdhouses. Located on the Marginal Way, a paved path along the town’s rocky coast, the yard is the carefully planned result of gardener Joan Griswold’s long-lived relationship with her surroundings. Though she’d never created a garden from scratch, Griswold knew just what she wanted: a landscape with a natural, wind-swept feel that looked as if it had sprung up on its own.

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