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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment

Mission: 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.

Programs: Incorported in 2002, coastal maine botanical gardens, inc. (cmbg) opened in 2007 as maine's first major botanical garden. It is the largest public garden in northern new england with 248 acres including fifteen developed acres of ornamental & premier specialty gardens, woodland trails and 1 mile of tidal shorefront serving close to 98,000 visitors in 2013. Our visitor center provides services including a gift shop, cafe and resource room. Cmbg offers educational programs covering plant science, gardening, botanical arts and environmental education in our leed platinum-net zero educational center that contains three large classrooms and can convert to a single 175 person auditorium for larger groups. Both our visitor center and educational center also contain administrative offices. Membership reached a peak of 4,945 in 2013. Cmbg continues to be a large regional economic stimulus, attracting many visitors to the boothbay region.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.