Browse our list below for events happening at the Gardens this year, or use the menu to the right to go straight to a particular category. If you’re looking for classes and other programming, check out our Learning for Adults and Learning for Families & Children pages for more information.

Fall Tea

Sunday, September 13th
4:00 p.m. in the Cafe

Join us for a delicious Traditional English Cream Tea in our Cafe while the fall colors start to show off in the gardens. There will be delicate tea sandwiches and scones made that morning by Mollie and Wells Moore with Mollie’s own strawberry jam topped off with yummy real clotted cream finishing with a mini sour cream walnut cookie. Most important - your own individual pot of tea with your choice of milk or lemon.

Be sure to make your reservations early as there is limited seating.

Gardens Aglow

November 21 – December 31
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 4-8 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve)

The Gardens will officially close for the season on October 31 and then the staff will put on their elf ears, sprinkle magic dust, and magically transform the central gardens from a garden paradise to a winter wonderland. Gardens Aglow will be a ticketed event that will delight people of all ages.
Tens of thousands of lights will be strung and the night will come alive with color as CMBG plans to create the largest light display in Maine. Festively lit creations will adorn the roughly 14 acres of central gardens on the CMBG campus. Visitors will explore the area on foot and the experience will be wheelchair accessible.
In addition to dramatic lighting, visitors will enjoy music, special food and beverage options in the café, and holiday shopping in the gift shop. Grab a friend, enjoy appetizers or a cocktail, and then experience an enchanting evening of festive lights and displays.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

2015 KGDS Hugo's and Eventide Oyster Company

Wednesday, September 16
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Using modern cooking techniques and fresh, local ingrediants Chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley have wowed the Portland food scene and its devotees consistently with their menus at Hugos and Eventide Oyster Company.  Hugo's was named the #2 restaurant in New England in 2013 by Opinionated Diners website & food blog.  Chefs Taylor and Wiley named as Food & Wine's 2013 "Best New Chefs in New England", Hugo's and Eventide also hold, respectively, the #4 and #7 positions in Eater Maine's 2014 "18 Essential Maine Restaurants" list.


Eventide Oyster Company

2015 KGDS The Rooms-Portland

Thursday, October 1
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Acclaimed Chefs Harding Lee Smith and Sean Doherty will represent The Rooms-Portland. "I wanted to make a neighborhood gathering spot - to have that homey feel like when you step into someone's living room…"

Harding Lee Smith, chef and owner of The Front Room Restaurant & Bar, The Grill Room & Bar, The Corner Room Kitchen & Bar and Boone's Fish House and Oyster Room, is a Mainer by birth. Once he graduated from Portland’s Deering High School, Harding left Maine to experience the rest of the world. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and attended the Culinary Institute of America's West Coast campus in Napa Valley. After an apprenticeship in Venice, Italy, Chef Smith relocated to Maui, Hawaii where he was the chef of several well-known restaurants. After six years on the island, family and the Red Sox were calling and he returned to Maine in the fall of 2003. After spending the winter of 2005 at the venerable Back Bay Grill in Portland, Harding embarked on his dream, the opening of a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar… Ten years and 4 award-winning restaurants later, Chef Smith has rightfully earned the title "Hardest Working Chef" by the Maine Sunday Telegram. All of his restaurants were recognized as "Best New Restaurant" in the year of their opening by the Phoenix Readers Poll and The Corner Room is the proud recipient of 3 consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence.

2015 KGDS Vinland

Tuesday, October 13
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Vinland is the first and only restaurant in the world to use 100% locally sourced ingredients in every dish-even down to the salt. Chef David Levi creates dishes that embrace indigenous foods, cuisines and traditions of New England and are influenced by the New Nordic Movement in Scandinavia. Hailed as "a serious star...Portland's leading contemporary restaurant" by The Financial Times of London, awarded a perfect 5-star review by the Portland Press Herald and honored with a dinner at the James Beard House, Vinland lives up to its #5 rating in Eater Maine's 'Top 18 Essential Maine Restaurants in 2014'.

2015 KGDS 40 Paper Italian Bistro

Wednesday, October 28
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Join Chef Josh Hixson, Executive Chef and owner of 40 Paper, his lauded restaurant in Camden, which serves traditional Italian cuisine with regional Mediterranean influences and 3 Crow in Rockland, his modern take on traditional Southern American cuisine, for a delicious evening at the Gardens. All of Chef Hixson's dishes are meticulously hand-crafted with the freshest and brightest ingredients which has earned him accolades as one of Maine's finest chefs.

40 Paper

3 Crow

2015 KGDS Tao Yuan Restaurant

Tuesday, November 10 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Asian-inspired ingredients and flavors hallmark award-winning Chef Cara Stadler's unique and delicious cuisine that is prepared with only the freshest, locally produced ingredients.  Varied, sublime tasting courses are served family style.  Recent awards and citations for Tao Yuan and Chef Stadler include:
2014 James Beard "Rising Star Chef of the Year" semifinalist
Food & Wine's 2014 "Best New Chef" award
Portland Press Herald's Maine Sunday Telegram's 2013's Top Maine Restaurant

Exhibit Receptions

To see more information for all of our Art and Photography Exhibits for 2015, please click here.

Family Events

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 24, 2015
1 - 3:30 p.m.
Free for everyone

Enjoy a fun-filled fall day 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. Admission to the Gardens is free during this event. Donations to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry at the door will be gratefully accepted.

Rain date: Sunday, October 26th