story and photos by Thomas Lynch
The Marginal Way is a mile-plus seaside path that meanders along the rocky coastline of Ogunquit, Maine. Each year, more than 100,000 people walk the path to savor the breathtaking vistas. This summer, a new 8,000 square foot seaside garden was unveiled along this iconic path in the area known as the Devil's Kitchen.
Landscape designer Thomas Lynch of Thomas Lynch Design, Inc. was commissioned to create the new garden. The design oobjective was to remove all of the invasive plants and create a harmonious, naturalistic landscape that utilizes Maine natice plant material, supports wildlife, and assists in the control of stormwater runoff and erosion. Installation of the garden began in May and was completed in August.
"It was my privilege to work with Marginal Way Committee, Town officials, and local tradespeople on this amazing project." Lynch said. "Through collaboration, we were able to leverage creativity, experience, and resources to create an amazing seaside garden."
New hardscaping was part of Lynch's design. Large boulders were artfully placed throughout the site to complement the existing stone outcroppping. Locally sourced native granite paving was installed around an existing monument to create a new pedestrian pathway. And four new benches were placed in the garden to invite passerby to rest and savor the panorama and enjoy the sounds of the rythmic tide.
One of the unique features of the new garden is the meadow. Meandering throughout the 8,000 square feet, is a sanctuary for butterflies and other pollinators. Dominated by a grass called Little Blue Stem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'), the meadow is abundantly planted with five different flowering perennials, providing an abundance of nectar from spring until fall.