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Boothbay - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Gardens Drive


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.


Matthew Bierwirth

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
What a beautiful experience. My wife and my parents and I all took a day trip to the Botanical Gardens, and we were very impressed with all it had to offer - even in early May! The botanical gardens are absolutely manicured perfectly, integrating the spirit of the forests of the surrounding area while highlighting the native flora. One of our favorite parts was the ridge trail that leads down to the exceptional Meditation Garden (which you should not miss if you go). The trail along the water is breathtaking as well - soft pine trails underfoot as you walk through the mossy forest. This is much more than your average botanical garden. The transition to a more 'arboretum' and trail feel was simply superb.

Kristi Sarchi

Thursday, March 1, 2018
The lights were amazing! The lights that went across the pond where fascinating. Visited with two year old twins. They walked and walked and walked and did not want to leave. Would love to see a video about how you get all of those trees wrapped!

Adam K

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
If you are able to you should check out the gardens at least once every season. They do a awesome job changing things out for the seasons. In the winter they put up tons of strings of lights and shovel the snow off the paths so everybody can enjoy the garden and lights. Things around the property change or have been built between visits.

Colleen Grover

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Because it was a two hour drive and well below 0°, I was reluctant to attend Gardens Aglow. But I am so glad I did. It is a beautiful and remarkable display of holiday lights. Even the town of Boothbay contributes, with lights at homes and businesses along the way. The venue has a warming hut, gift shop, place to dine and purchase snacks. It is a great evening out. And the summer garden displays are just as lovely!

Travis Smith

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
Went to see the Gardens A Glow. It was quite a sight for sure! The restaurant was a great meal, a little pricey but its a seasonal thing so it is to be expected I suppose. If you go plan ahead and dress warm! There is hot chocolate and kettle corn along the way. It was a bit slippery in places but not bad. Really great for the kids to see all of the lights and excitement.

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