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.
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.
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.