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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We discovered the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens several years ago while it was still in the planning/construction phase. We were immediately intrigued by the wonderful waterfront setting with its woodland trails full of native plants. As we returned the following years, we were greeted with more changes, more progress toward the becoming the