Melina Banks and her husband Erik moved from Greenwich, Connecticut back in 2004 to start a farm for rescued horses on the outskirts of Bath, Maine. More than 10 years later, they have transformed the 60-acre property known as the Stonehouse Farm into an English country manor style estate, complete with pasture for horses, chickens and other animals. But Melina Banks’ endless days of hard labor and exceptional creativity have added another very appropriate dimension: an elaborate series of gardens that start at the front door and roll on for several acres. True to English country garden style, there are lily ponds, perennial beds, classical statuary, topiary, birdbaths, large jardinieres and numerous little surprises.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stonehouse Farm dates back to about 1800. Maine’s first governor, William King, purchased the home as a hunting lodge in 1808. Over the years, it’s had various uses, including as a dairy farm, a tavern and a marine hospital. The large granite stones used in the construction of the main house reportedly came directly from the property.
The Stonehouse Farm gardens were on view this weekend as part of the Sagadahoc Preservation Society’s 13th annual House & Garden Tour, a rare treat because they are usually not open to the public. Open the slideshow by clicking on one of the images below:
For a complete list of 2015 Maine Garden Tours, click here.