The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which opened in 2007, allow visitors of all ages and abilities to make and explore meaningful connections with plants and wildlife. The gardens were founded in 1991 by a small group of MidCoast locals. These locals dreamed of creating a world-class public garden on 148 acres of rocky coastal woodland that would one day serve as an economic engine and cultural anchor for their community.
The Gardens officially inaugurated in the summer of 2007 after 16 years of planning. Since then, the Gardens have grown to become one of Maine’s most popular attractions and one of the country’s most renowned botanical sites. Its superb gardens and dramatic and engaging natural landscape—which includes nearly a mile of tidal saltwater frontage—keep it ever-changing, endlessly captivating, and completely unique. The Gardens have the ability to inspire learning about natural history, ecosystems, botany, horticulture, and ecological relationships in a variety of ways.
One of the key exhibits is the Guardians of the Seeds by Thomas Dambo. Thomas Dambo, known for his troll sculptures, is regarded as the world’s leading recycled-materials artist. Dambo’s sculptures are massive, and each one draws viewers into the depths of our forests while also communicating a conservation message.
The Gardens, New England’s biggest botanical garden, spans 295 acres, 17 of which are gardens displaying Maine native flora and other plants suited to northern coastal conditions. In 2018, CMBG welcomed over 200,000 visitors from all across the United States and 63 different countries.
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- Address: 105 Botanical Gardens Dr
- Town: Boothbay
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 43.87201 Lng -69.65950
- Parking notes: There are ample parking spots at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. There is a fee for visitors and those can be found at https://www.mainegardens.org/visit/plan-your-visit/
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE
External Website: https://www.mainegardens.org/