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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

3 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

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

5

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.