Why the "Blue Tulip"?
"The name seemed a natural outgrowth of Jan's heritage, landscaping experience and years working in Holland's bulb fields," explains Rosemary. "Blue tulips are rare. In fact, most 'blue' varieties are more purple than blue. And that's the point. We hope that customers find our products and services to be as distinctive and unique as that hard-to-find blue tulip.
"After seeing watercolors by local artist Lyn Snow in her Rockland gallery window, we commissioned her to create our logo. Her blue tulips represent our business well. They are colorful, alive and growing!"
Meet the Owners
Dutch-born Jan (pronounced "Yon") Limmen and his wife Rosemary (née Bouthot) bought their property at Barter Hill and Port Clyde Roads (Route 131) in 2006 after exploring every Maine peninsula and coastal community from Boothbay to Bar Harbor. "We were looking for water views, visibility for a home-based business, and a small town sense of community. We found it all in Tenants Harbor."
Mid-Coast Maine's climate reminded Jan of his boyhood village on Holland's North Sea. After working as a landscaper in the busy Baltimore-Washington corridor for over 35 years, he was tired of traffic and long commutes and missed bike rides, sunsets and walks on the beach. For Rosemary, the move from Maryland brought her closer to her French-Canadian father's roots in Fort Kent on Maine's northern border. After 25 years in corporate communications, PR and conference planning, she too longed for a more healthy, stress-free yet creative lifestyle where she could be outdoors and work with her hands.
Ready for a change, but not ready to totally retire, the Blue Tulip is the couple's dream come true. In just four years they've rebuilt their cottage, built a barn, started three businesses, reclaimed overgrown lawns, cleared dead trees and thickets from their 2.4 acres, and opened up views of their pond, Tenants Harbor and the nearby Camden Hills.
Jan manages the Blue Tulip's Landscaping Services. Rosemary takes care of Lodging. Together, they share responsibility for selecting merchandise, designing displays, marketing and operating the Garden Boutique.