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.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

2015 KGDS Maine Harvest Restaurant at Harraseeket Inn

Tuesday, August 4
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Under the supervision of Executive Chef Troy Mains, Maine Harvest Restaurant at the Harraseeket Inn features a modern interpretation on French-influenced American cuisine with a farm-to-table devotion to the best and freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Impeccable dining service, expertly prepared, hand-crafted dishes and delightful tableside preparation (the Cesar salad and Chateaubriand are sublime!) are hallmarks of the Maine Harvest experience. Rightfully voted "Best Brunch in Maine" by Downeast Magazine- another great reason to visit Freeport!

2015 KGDS Piccolo

Tuesday, August 18
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

At Piccolo, Chefs and owners Damien Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez (both named as Star Chef "Rising Stars") serve impeccably prepared traditional home-style dishes of Central and Southern Italy.  Their dishes are simply made but with great care and passion using only the freshest traditional Italian ingredients.  It is no wonder that Piccolo holds the number 8 spot in Eater Maine's 2014 18 Essential Maine Restaurants list, awarding Sansonetti and Lopez "Best Chef" in 2013.  Travel & Leisure Magazine awarded Piccolo with "Best New Romantic Restaurant" in 2014 and The Maine Sunday Telegram gives them 4 1/2 stars.

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.

Opening Reception for Photo Club: Enchanted Gardens

Friday, August 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Resource Room of the Visitor’s Center.

See the talent of our Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Photo Club. In this juried exhibition, titled “Enchanted Gardens”, Photo Club members exhibit their work of the Gardens looking their most magical.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this free reception. It is not necessary to RSVP to this event, but doing so helps us plan ahead to put on the best reception possible.

This exhibit runs August 1 through December 15 in the Resource Room of the Visitor’s Center.

Opening Reception for Flower Power: Paintings by Jennifer Knaus

Friday August 14th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Come join us for the whimsical and botanical-inspired art of Jennifer Knaus. Refreshments will be served in the Education Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Knaus creates her "figurative paintings" using a playful combination of strong female iconography and herbaceous flowers.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this free reception. It is not necessary to RSVP to this event, but doing so helps us plan ahead to put on the best reception possible.

This exhibit runs August 14th through October 31st in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Family Events

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 25, 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