Spine-tingling exhibit in the Gardens

Oct 18, 2013
Photo by: Barbara Freeman A new exhibit of spooky mini scarecrow sculptures by Diane Walden of Thomaston is on view through Halloween at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

Boothbay — In fall, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers visitors guests a mix of colorful foliage, graceful grasses and late-season flowers. Counteracting all that loveliness is the “Harrowing Harvest Folk” exhibit by Diane Walden of Thomaston, on view through Halloween in the Education Center Lobby; two also are in the Visitors Center.

Walden’s small scarecrow sculptures tickle the fancy while sending shivers up the spine. Nearly two dozen of the creepy creatures are on display. Walden, who is on the Gardens’ horticulture staff, said she constructs her one-of-a-kind “mini meanies,” as she calls them, using “a wild array of botanicals, grasses, seedpods, shattered shells, straw and woodie trimmings.” She also refers to her sculpted beings as autumnal totems, seasonal santos and scarebots.

While her macabre-yet-whimsical creatures are her fall passion and are proving quite popular with visitors, Walden is even better known for her spectacular floral arrangements and garlands made of a variety of greenery entwined with flowers. On Dec. 7, she will teach two Festive Holiday Greens workshops for different levels of expertise, traditional in the morning and advanced in the afternoon.

The Kitchen Garden Café will remain open until the end of the month with a limited menu. The Gardens Gift Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, then again for two days of special events in November and December. The Bibby and Harold Children’s Garden will be open through the end of October.

The exhibit is free with admission. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is on Barters Island Road. For more information, visit MaineGardens.org or call 633-4333, ext. 101.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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