COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS INC

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 234 Boothbay ME 04537 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a must see destination that holds up well to return visits. It is on top of our list of diversions to enjoy with summer guests and it never disappoints.

The spectacular ornamental and specialty gardens, water features, stonework and sculpture of CMBG pair beautifully with the rugged natural surroundings. The Café and Gift Shop successfully complete the Gardens experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...multiple visits and participation in their many year round programs and activities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

slow the introduction of new gardens, buildings and programs in order to build an endowment for long term financial stability and to ensure improvement and maintenance of the extraordinary gardens now in place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live very near the gardens. When we have company, it is a definite stop on our list of to do's. Each year and each season there is something new to discover. My grandchildren love the new children's garden, and especially lunch in the cafe, which has always been outstanding. I love the peace and solitude when I visit and wander on my own. When I retire, I am going to volunteer. There is nothing negative I can say. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. I am very proud to have this beauty in my town.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching it grow each year. There is so much they have to offer the community and our summer visitors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep it growing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

These gardens are fabulous!! A great combination of formal gardens and totally native, wild, gorgeous places with trails. A five-senses garden, rose garden and children's area merge gracefully into a less-sculptured hillside with a meditation garden (not to be missed, even if you are not given to meditation), and that leads to completely accessible but totally wild areas. Trails that are not too difficult for even novice hikers criss-cross from side to side, linking areas like the azalea garden and the fairy gardens. Definitely somewhere to take the whole family--kids can pretend to row a boat and haul up lobster traps, pump water and water the flowers, get misted by some neat rock whale fountains, and of course pose for pictures.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Make it a must-see destination every year!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just help it be even better funded.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Maine Coastal Botanical Garden is a jewel for all. I am very fortunate that I live close enough to make the drive there from southern Miane multiple times a year. It's fascinating to see the contrasts by season in the flower and vegatable gardens. Each visit is memorable. In addition to the helpful staff, there is a wonderful cafeteria seving delicious fare at reasonable prices, and the new children's garden is delightful as well as educational. I'm impressed with all that's been done and the ongoing creations at MCBG.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

With each visit to the MCBG I learn more about nature and find great pleasure as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would rely on the folks who have done the job thus far to continue the superb work that they are already dedicated to and successful at.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a gem worth traveling for. My husband and I went to the Fairy Festival with our daughters who at the time were 4 and 5 years old. We were not sure what to expect and were so impressed with everything. Not only was it beautiful, creative, interesting and informative; it was also very fun. The children's section is amazing. Being an artist myself I loved the sculptures. I must also say we were impressed with the quality/integrity of the food offered. We have been to botanical gardens all over including Atlanta and Brooklyn, NY. We visited when the gardens first opened and cannot wait to visit again this year. After the garden we visited the town of Boothbay, which was also an excellent experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Last year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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4 people found this review helpful

Wonderful It is great to talk to the visitors, who come from everywhere - Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. I am yet to find somebody from Hawaii or Alaska as well as many of the western states.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the time spent with the gardens' visitors who hail from all parts of the world. It is wonderful to hear how enthusiastic they are about CMBG. I have heard nothing but rave reviews!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

... the same as the above - the time spent with the visitors. They help make my day a bit brighter - even the rainy ones.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

... acquire more land, plants and personnel to keep this wonderful organization going and growing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a phenomenal resource. Whether I'm at the Gardens or simply talking to people anywhere in Maine, I really enjoy telling them about the Gardens and what they'll find there. While driving the shuttle and giving tour, I get to hear what they've discovered at the Gardens and try to answer any questions they might have.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring in even more volunteers and also increase the staff in area where additional help is needed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the enormous progress over the past several years and watching visitors of all ages discover various aspects of the Gardens.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hardworking and incredibly dedicated to the project and to creating a postive visitor experence.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the new "green" Education Center, design and plant new areas dedicated to the native plants of New England, and, with the remainder, help build an endowment and retire any debt.

Ways to make it better...

I could be there more often. My other commitments don't allow me to be at the Gardens as often as I'd like.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need for space and other resources to accommodate the number of visitors, as well as programs and special events.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is one of the most unique botanical garden experiences in the world, and I speak from experience. From England to Australia and across the United States, we have visited many beautiful gardens and are absolutely in awe of what the members of the CMBG have managed to achieve in such a short period of time. The variety of plants, the fact that the Gardens are located on the coast of Maine (with lovely water views from many points along the way), these gardens offer everyone - and I mean EVERYONE (including those with disabilities ranging from mobility to sensory (hearing, sight, touch...) an incredibly beautiful and memorable experience. Visit and be amazed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is only a few years old at this point and it seems every time we visit there is something new to experience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and even tasting the results of such an incredible, beautiful, and peaceful place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Happy!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Perform garden-centric miracles. What the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has accomplished so far - which is incredible - would simply explode with beautiful offerings and experiences for even more folks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Lynn (a very knowledgeable gardener) and I (an amateur photographer specializing in flowers) had an extremely pleasant visit to the gardens. At the time, it was still a work in progress, but both the completed area and in progress sections showed great design in a difficult setting. We plan to return this year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Viewing their gardens

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very good communications, superb website.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly, helpful, and willing to refer me to someone with more knowledge if they could not personally answer my question.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Set up an endowment fund and build a small conservatory.

Ways to make it better...

I had waited until a little later in the season when more plants and flowers were in bloom.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding issues face all not-for-profits. Also, being in Maine they can be more vulnerable to winter weather, although coastal Maine tends to moderate the winters.

One thing I'd also say is that...

A gem.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am continuously amazed at the new things I find at CMBG. It is an absolute jewel. The staff genuinely want every visitor to have a more-than-I-ever-expected experience and more often than not, they succeed. This is just a truly wonderful place. The plants, the trails, the gardens, the events, the facilities and the food, as well as the staff, are all exceptional.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seminars, programs and volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

force myself not to.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

giving people with limited mobility the chance to see these wonderful gardens and grounds.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, cheerful and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help save the world by increasing their education and research activities, increasing their opportunities for people with disabilities, more arts awareness and increased joy for every visitor

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

going to be keeping up with the standard they have established as the number of visitors increases

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've spoken to many visitors as they conclude their visit and not one has ever expressed disappointemnt. Many just say they have been blown away by the visit. It is amazing to me that everybody always seems so happy and appreciative to be there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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