It’s not easy being green

A recent query from got us thinking about the magical gardens we sometimes take for granted. As the green noses of the spring bulbs emerge in the sunny spaces between ice clumps, the scents and colors of summer emerge from the underground storage of our memories, too. The thousands of lilies – planted by Don Celler, retired commercial lily grower who now lives here in Boothbay – the perennial gardens, even the hanging flower baskets that brighten every turn are all nurtured with an appreciation for the fleeting, fragile beauty that the summer brings to Maine.

It’s not easy being green on the rocky coast of Maine! The short season, the exposed location, the buffeting of wind and tide make for challenging gardening. But Spruce Point is held in legacy for future generations and each spot of landscaping, each plant is chosen knowing what the impact will be on the greater-Boothbay watershed.

We use seawater for weed control. Repurposed Conservation Corps firelane woodchips line our woodland paths. Even the pond in our landscape has a conservation job: it is catches run-off rainwater from the grounds, holding back the sediment that would otherwise go into the ocean.

In 2006, we sought and received Maine Department of Environmental Protection “Environmental Leader” accreditation, making Spruce Point Inn a “green lodging partner” on the Maine Department of Tourism’s website. Last year, The Boothbay Region Land Trustnamed us their hospitality conservation partner. In an interview with the Boothbay Register BRLT Executive Director Nick Ulillo said, “We were doing some research on green-focused lodging in the Boothbay region and Spruce Point Inn kept popping up to the top.”

We know that what we do at Spruce Point affects our corner of the coast, the land that surrounds us and the ocean beyond. Minimizing our impact on the Maine coastal environment, and actively conserving and protecting these beautiful places is a critical part of our responsibility as innkeepers. Though it’s still many weeks before the season starts here at Spruce Point, when you celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, know that the place you entrust with your family for summer vacation takes that trust very much to heart.