Maine Week: Avena Botanicals Apothecary and Gardens


Summer has finally arrived, and we have vacation on the brain. This week, Living’s executive editor (and resident travel expert), Yolanda Edwards, is hosting Maine Week on her blog, Travels With Clara. Check back here every day for Yolanda’s guide to the must-see local spots across the state, and head over to her blog for even more photos.

When we stayed at the Marston House in Wiscasset, one day we took a little trip to the Avena Botanicals Apothecary and Gardens, in Rockport. I had first learned about it from my friend Steve Orr, the garden editor at Martha Stewart Living, when he covered it for the magazine. It was founded in 1985 by herbalist and gardener Deb Soule, who is the sweetest woman (and has a book coming out this month!) You can drop in and check out the biodynamic herb gardens, from which they hand harvest the herbs that go into the balms, tinctures, and other things they make.We are big fans of everything they do: Heal-All salve that comes in a tin is always with us—it works on humans and pets, and is an all-purpose salve that is great for any skin irritation. They have a number of tinctures that are alcohol-free that work really well for conditions like upper respiratory, digestive issues, fever. . .

Clara and Deb Soule. We had such a blast hanging out there—I think we stayed several hours.

Yolanda Edwards is the executive editor of Martha Stewart Living and loves a road trip to anywhere. She is the author of Travels With Clara and a cofounder of Momfilter.

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