Browse our list below for events happening at the Gardens this year. If you’re looking for classes and other programming, check out our Learning for Adults and Learning for Families & Children pages for more information.


Children’s Gardens Activities

Fairy Fridays

Every Friday in July and August
Children’s Garden

Fridays in July and August are full of fun at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for little fairies, gnomes, elves and wood sprites! The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden is the perfect place for fairy stories and puppet shows, fairy yoga, crafts, fairy music, dancing, bubbles, games and, of course, building fairy houses.
Fairy Friday Schedule:
10 -11 a.m. - Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
10:30 a.m. - Fairy Yoga (Maze)
11 & 11:30 a.m. - Fairy Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
noon - Fairy Dancing and Bubbles (Maze)
1:30 p.m. - Flower Fairy Walk (Story Barn)
*Fairy crafts will take place throughout the day in the picnic pavilion.

Children's Garden Daily Activities

Daily, June 11-Sept. 3, 2018
Story Barn, Children’s Garden

Join us for the following activities:
Storytime: 10:30 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater: 1 p.m.
Chicken Feeding: 1:15 p.m.

Garden Tastings

Every Tuesday in July and August
11 a.m.
Story Barn, Children’s Garden

Join us every week to sample the fruits and vegetables we’re growing in our Learning Garden this year. From Purple Peacock Broccoli to Atomic Grape Tomatoes and Red Noodle Bean, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Children's Garden Weekend Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, September 8-October 28

Storytime-10:30 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater- 11 a.m.
Chicken Feeding-2 p.m.

Cider Saturdays

Saturdays, September 15-October 13
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Children’s Garden

Enjoy and learn about one of our country’s greatest and tastiest seasonal traditions, apple cider pressing! Learn the basics of making this delicious drink, and enjoy the fruits of your labors

Pond Investigations

Wednesdays, June 20-August 29
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The pond in our Children’s Garden is teeming with life during the summer months. Discover what creatures call the water their home as we dip nets into the pond while looking for signs of life around the pond’s edge. We’ll explore life cycles, food chains, differences between reptiles and amphibians and the proper handling of our froggy friends. This is an open activity appropriate for all ages.

Free with Admission

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 20 (Rain date: Sunday, October 21)
1-3:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fun-filled fall day at the Gardens during this free family event packed with fall-themed games, music, activities and prizes! Kids can take part in our Great Pumpkin Hunt and search for “golden pumpkins” to collect a prize, then decorate a pumpkin to take home. Admission to the Gardens is free during this event. Donations to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry at the door will be gratefully accepted.

Kitchen Garden Cafe Events

End of Summer Tea

Sunday, September 9th, 2018
4 – 5:30 p.m.
in the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Join us for a delicious Traditional English Cream Tea in our Café when the summer colors start to fade and our fall colors begin to display. There will be delicate tea sandwiches and freshly baked scones, made that morning by Mollie and Wells Moore, with Mollie’s own strawberry jam topped off with a yummy real clotted cream, and finishing with a mini sweet. 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.

Member Events

Member Insider Tour – From Design to Dazzle: Behind the Scenes at Gardens Aglow

Tuesday, September 11
8 – 9:30 a.m.
Begins in the Visitor Center
Free for members

Ever wonder how the Gardens transform for Gardens Aglow? Join Anna Leavitt, staff horticulturist and Gardens Aglow design coordinator, for a peek into the process that creates CMBG’s winter wonderland.

Member Insider Tour – Visualizing the Future of CMBG

Tuesday, September 25
8 – 9:30 a.m.
Begins in the Visitor Center
Free for members

With the opening of our new Visitor Center, CMBG embarks upon an exciting time of growth and change. Get an insider’s look from President and CEO Bill Cullina as he leads a tour describing how the Gardens will change over the next few years. Hear about plans for a Conservatory, Plant Nursery and Horticultural Research Center and new gardens.