Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to protect, preserve, and enhance the botanical heritage and natural landscapes of coastal Maine for people of all ages through horticulture, education, and research.
A Brief History:
After 16 years of planning, planting, and building, the grand opening of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was celebrated on June 13, 2007. This ambitious project began in 1991 when a group of mid-coast Maine residents founded the grassroots organization. They, and those who worked with them and came after them, shared the belief that northern New England in general, and Maine in particular, were in need of a botanical garden.
In 1996, after a thorough search for an appropriate site, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens purchased 128 acres of pristine land with 3,600 feet of tidal shore frontage in Boothbay. This was possible due to the unhesitating willingness of founders to use their own homes as collateral.
Today Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens comprises 270 acres of tidal shoreland and in 2014 welcomed more than 100,000 guests throughout the year. To ensure the organization’s infrastructure remains sound and capable of supporting future growth in visitation, a Master Planning committee comprised of staff and board members has begun working on a 20-Year Master Plan.
This an absolutely magical place. The horticulturist in charge is to be commended for their vision and attention to detail. I loved the variation and settings of the different gardens centrally located near the visitor center, but also enjoyed the fact that there were walking/hiking trails to further out destinations such as the meditation and fairy gardens. Walking through Maine Woods was lovely as it was lightly raining and the trees protected me. It was a gift to see all the fungi, mosses and lichens.
This is a great botanical garden. It was such a pleasure to visit here and enjoy the Lerner five senses garden and the Children's Garden. The grounds are well laid out with a lot of thought evident in the planning and placement of all the wonderful plantings. We have been to a number of botanical gardens around the U.S. and this one definitely rates at the top of the list.
Seniors $14.00 Adults $16.00 Loved it. If you cannot fish there is golf cart rides that circle around to pick up or drop off so no worries. It was full of a verity of plants. Walk ways and trails. Nice gift shop. Tip do at end so not hauling around gift bags.
Directional signs should stand out more, easy to take a wrong turn as there are so many signs to read. Grapes in the Five sense garden are awesome, the kids area is very cool, and the walking trail is long with plenty to see. Great to spend a day or a few hours walking around there. Restaurant closes early, don't go there expecting to eat a late lunch.
The most beautiful botanical gardens I've seen! I wish I lived nearby, I'd have a membership, I could visit daily. So many quite, peaceful spots. Love the waterfalls, 5 senses garden & children's garden. Congrats on 10th anniversary and your plans to expand.