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“Not easy to get to.”

Celia Thaxter's Garden
Ranked #43 of 77 things to do in Portsmouth
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Step back in time, and experience the unique beauty of Celia Thaxter's Island Garden! Restored and maintained by the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals, the garden is accessible to the public during pre-arranged Garden Tours each summer (June-August, see website for dates). The tour includes time in the flower garden - perfect for avid horticulturalists! - as well as a walkabout to view and learn about the numerous historic sites on Appledore Island. The island's rich cultural history dates back to the late-19th and early-20th centuries, when it was home to the Appledore House Hotel. The current island garden is an accurate recreation of the garden that Celia Thaxter documented in her book, "An Island Garden." Thaxter was a renowned poet, author, gardener, and daughter to the hotel's founder. Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour participants (34 people per tour) will be transported to and from beautiful Appledore Island aboard the vessel "R/V Gulf Challenger." Passengers should plan to meet the vessel at the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex adjacent to the US Coast Guard Station on New Castle Island (5 minutes from downtown, Portsmouth, NH). Limited, free parking is available at the New Castle dock location. A gourmet, buffet lunch is included during the tour. Dietary restrictions and food allergies can be accommodated.
Reviewed 23 April 2015

It has been a few years since we visited Appledore on our boat. You can only get there by private boat or a ferry boat out of Portsmouth Harbor.
Very pretty and of course being on a small historical Island is exciting.

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Reviewed 4 February 2013

The reviewer below seems to think that Celia Thaxter's Garden is a bakery in Kittery. Ha! It's a garden on one of the islands of the Isles of Shoals. You can only get there by tour boat or private boat. It's wild and windswept, but they don't have pastries.

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Whether you are taking out or eating you will really enjoy this place.. Cafe menu items are delicious and bakery has a good selection of day to day items and specialty cakes. A must if you are hungry in kittery maine

3  Thank Onejudi
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