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Updated: April 24, 2024

In Boothbay, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will begin season with big changes

Courtesy / Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens located in Boothbay is New England's largest botanical garden filled, with gardens, giant trolls and miles of trails.

With the arrival of spring, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is gearing up for its grand re-opening next week.

The garden and environmental center, which is entering its 16th year, will open for the season on May 1.

"We are currently in the middle of a twenty-year plan aimed at deepening our mission impact through world-class horticulture, education, plant science and conservation," said Gretchen Ostherr, the Botanical Gardens president and CEO.

"The next couple of years will see considerable evolution in our teams and physical spaces, and this fall, you will see the beginning of the construction of the Horticulture and Plant Science Center."

In the new season, CMBG will open its newly renovated Café, which will will partner with Newcastle-based Morning Dew Farm and Boothbay neighbors Coastal Maine Popcorn Company and Betsy's Fancy Fudge, among others.

The gardens continue to forge partnerships with other Maine-based nonprofit organizations, including Indigo Arts Alliance, which is back for its second symposium in the series titled "Deconstructing the Boundaries."

This year's symposium will include unveiling two sculptures by artists-in-residence Shane Perley-Dutcher and Anna Tsouhlarakis. 

"These new pieces are sure to inspire guests from near and far," said Ostherr.

The Caterpillar Lab and Chewonki's Traveling Natural History programs will be returning this summer, as will Thomas Dambo's whimsical giant trolls.

At nearly 325 acres, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, at 105 Botanical Gardens Drive, is the largest public garden in New England. The nationally recognized public space features 2 miles of hiking trails, 19 acres of ornamental and themed gardens, a children's and sensory gardens.

Opened to the public in 2007, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens ranks No.3 among Maine's most popular tourist attractions in the Mainebiz Book of Lists. Listings are ranked by attendance in 2021, when there were 318,597 visitors and 120 employees.

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