The natural beauty along the coast of Maine draws me up north each summer. But my main destination is to Boothbay Harbor, where the extensive gardens, plants and flowers at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden are spectacular. This newly developed and very popular destination is a dream come true for a horticulture junkie like me. Of course the juicy lobster roll we always get for lunch along the way is a great reason to travel to Maine too.
The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden is special because it was created by a dedicated local group to educate and delight the public. The setting is lovely with pathways down to a tidal inlet or up into a woodland glen. Vacationers and residents enjoy a day taking in the transformation of this rescued from development site into an amusement park for plant lovers. My show illustrates the different garden spaces chock full of well-grown plants, all with informative labels for note-taking gardeners. Perennials, shrubs and trees are presented to visitors in groupings to be emulated at home. I am a member and when the newsletter arrives I wish I lived close enough to enjoy and lectures and classes offered.The Children’s Garden is a real jewel and great fun to visit with kids. Fairy house creation is a specialty and happens along the gentle woodland paths. The visitors center is complete with café, gift shop and information center. You will want to visit with family and friends after seeing my photos of this beautiful garden.