1 This is the utilitarian area of Skylands. Across from the stables is the greenhouse, storage garage, and the lobster cooker.
2 Built many years ago, this is a traditional lobster cooker, found in lobster shacks along roadsides throughout coastal Maine.
3 With grills at either end, this stove can cook a variety of food for a very large crowd. It can handle 100 lobsters at a time!
4 Traditional hand-made wooden lids cover giant pots.
5 The pots rest in holes on the surface of the stove.
6 A fire is built beneath each pot.
7 We use only birch wood and hardwood lump charcoal.
8 The utility area is also where you find the cutting garden and kitchen garden. This is where herbs grow.
9 Vibrant Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is also called the winter cherry or bladder cherry.
10 A member of the nightshade family, ornamental Chinese lanterns are related to potatoes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and petunias.
11 This perennial plant is a vigorous grower. Like mint, it sends out underground rhizomes from which new plants sprout. Be careful where you plant it.
12 This sliding wooden door is the entrance to the garden.
13 The garden at Skylands has always been colorful and thriving.
14 And the views are spectacular.
15 With the cooler temperatures in Maine, it's possible to have leaf lettuce growing all summer long.
16 The tomatoes grew nicely.
17 Beautiful red onions
18 These are great sliced and eaten raw in salads and sandwiches.
19 The fluffy tops of carrots
20 The healthy stalks and leaves of Swiss chard
21 The black-eyed susans are spectacular!
22 Salvias in the foreground and zinnias behind
23 A lovely row of mixed bachelor's buttons or cornflowers
24 Bachelor buttons are a cutting garden favorite, and they are one of the easiest flowers to dry for everlasting arrangements.
25 Its edible flower petals can be used to add color to salads.
26 Bachelor buttons are also called the 'boutonniere' flower because the small, one inch flowers are perfect for button holes on suits.
27 A tripod sprinkler is great for watering a wide swath.
28 The unfurling petals of a dahlia
29 Long-lasting dahlias make excellent cut flowers.
30 Zinnias are such happy flowers.
31 Zinnias are a member of the large Aster family of plants and originated in Mexico and the Southwest United States.
32 They come in a form suitable for every garden situation, including single, double, cactus, ruffles, and pompom.
33 Colors include every shade except blue, and many are multicolored.
34 Zinnias are started incredibly easily from seed and they grow and flower very quickly.
35 Obviously this wonderful flower thrives at the Skylands garden.
36 The garden at dusk - those box-like structures are cold frames and have glass covers for colder weather.