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.
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.