Planting the heirloom seeds of memory

Warmth is finally making an entrance after a raw and chilly spring, making the birds and buds all the more anticipatory. As are the ‘green noses’ of the daffodils that turn every ray of sunshine into a lemony dappling of the flower beds. It’s no coincidence that you’ll find swaths of daffodils at the feet of stone walls. Old farmhouse foundations gather drifts of them where snow once accumulated. Now the solar radiation of the granite warms their nests.

And we can’t wait for the plans we drew over the winter for the vegetable gardens that feed our menus to come to fruition.

The garden clubs and lecture programs at local libraries are also blossoming; and the one that got us started on this theme was notice of an Heirloom Seed Saving discussion down the road in Waldoboro. The talk featured Neal Lash from the Heirloom Seed Saving Project at Medomak Valley High School. According to the notice, Medomak Valley has the oldest school-based seed saving program in the United States. They preserve over 800 varieties and a Living History Arboretum with trees from various historical sites and battlefields including a honey locust grown from the one under which President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

There’s also world heirloom seed bank in Norway – cocooning seeds in case the future calls.

Living connections to history, preserved, protected and propagated by careful gardeners looking towards the future.

We feel, in a way, as if that’s what we do with the capsules of future memory deposited by our guests here at Spruce Point Inn. Each time someone makes a reservation, for a dinner, a vacation or the wedding that starts a lifetime together, they entrust the seeds of their expectations with us. Made from the DNA of their personal history, and just as much the heirlooms of the many-branching “plants” of their past desires, their anticipation intertwines with an abstract idea of how Boothbay and the Midcoast might grow into the stories the family will pass along for generations.

Here at Spruce Point we carefully guard the heirloom seeds of “oceanside memories made in Maine,” knowing they flourish backed best by a granite coast and Down East sunshine. The season’s starting. What seeds will your memories plant on this shore?