Special Events

The Great Pumpkin Hunt!

The Great Pumpkin Hunt!
Saturday, Oct. 25
Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 26
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Open to the Public

Enjoy a fun-filled fall afternoon at the Gardens during this free family event filled with games, contests, activities and prizes! Enter the pumpkin carving contest or submit your pie into the best pumpkin pie contest.

Kids can hunt for the “golden pumpkins” – the lucky finders win gift certificates to purchase their family’s Thanksgiving meal! Each child will find and choose a free pumpkin to enjoy for Halloween. A garden-themed re-imagining of the “Frozen Turkey Hunt” of former years, admission to the Gardens is free during this event.

Donations to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry at the door will be gratefully accepted.

Art Exhibits

From the Mountains to the Sea: A juried exhibit of native New England plant portraits

Through October 31

Come enjoy the intricate beauty of original botanical artworks depicting New England native plants, a juried exhibit of plant portraits from the New England Society of Botanical Artists, NESBA. From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England is designed to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration and to celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. Learn more about NESBA and From the Mountains to the Sea

This exhibit will be in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Pollinators in the Gardens by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens 2014 Photography Club Members

Through October 31

The spectacular display of the flowers at the Gardens is really all for the pollinators (in the biological sense!). Revel in the intricate relationship between flower and pollinator in this engaging presentation by CMBG Photo Club members.

This exhibit is in the Resource Room in the Visitor Center.

Project Monarch: Rearing Butterflies for Release, a Living Exhibit

Summer 2014

We had a butterfly habitat in the Children's Garden greenhouse this summer where we observed the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly up close. Raising these beautiful creatures from egg to caterpillar to butterfly and releasing them here in the gardens through the summer months was an effort to raise awareness about the fragile state of the migratory Monarch.

SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We currently have 100s of Monarch caterpillars in the Gardens feeding on milkweed plants! There are also many chrysalises in and around the Children's Garden.

OCTOBER UPDATE: Most of the Monarch and other butterfly chrysalises have opened now. There are still a few flying about, but most appear to have begun their journey southwest!


Through October 15

The 2014 sculpture show, “Pollinators,” curated by June Lacombe, will be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens through October 15.

June LaCombe specializes in sculpture and shows the work of more than 40 artists from the New England region, including #2 Beetle Bug by Judy O'Donnell. June LaCombe's exhibitions demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. Visit the June LaCombe SCULPTURE website.

The exhibit is primarily outdoors at the Gardens; the free, public reception will be in the Visitor Center.

Powerful Pollinators!

Now until October 31

Stop by the Story Barn in our Children’s Garden to enjoy the imaginative ways, including the "Moth Mosaic" by B.R.E.S., in which students from all five of the Boothbay peninsula’s schools interpret pollinators, the “superheroes” of our natural world.

Member Events

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

Chef Justin Smith of Fuel

Tuesday, October 7
6 p.m.

Each year, the Kitchen Garden Dinner Series draws "foodies" across Maine and because seating is limited, dinners typically sell out quickly. Wine and gratuities are included. Should the event be sold out and you wish to be placed on our waiting list, please contact Courtney Locke at

Fuel, located in the historic Lyceum Hall in Lewiston, Maine, is a Modern Bistro and wine bar. Fuel's cuisine is solidly based around French Country food, with some American twists. Approachable, hearty cuisine, done well.

Tasting Menu for October 7:
Seared trout with corn puree, quinoa salad, heirloom tomato and peach salsa

Local Pork Belly (Big Daddy’s Farms, Whitefield), pumpkin puree and caramelized pears

Third Lamb Pot Au Feu - with turnip, parsnip, carrots leeks and onions.
Marrow bone, potato, broth, baguette

Fourth Cranberry carrot cake. Cream cheese frosting, nuts, dried fruit

image: Sun Journal