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.


The Caterpillar Lab Residency

with Sam Jaffe
Friday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 7
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Caterpillar Lab is moving in! Join us August 3-7 as The Caterpillar Lab sets up not just an exhibit, but a functioning caterpillar rearing, researching, photographing, filming and educating facility in our hallways. Each day during the week, you will be able to visit the lab-in-residence here, see live caterpillar displays, take part in innovative programing and witness how The Caterpillar Lab cares for and works with these amazing and surprising creatures.

During installation, The Caterpillar Lab will set up over-the-top, up-close and hands-on native caterpillar exploration experiences. Think you know what’s lurking in your own backyard? Think again! See many dozens of species showcased in open-air displays, including enormous giant silk moth caterpillars, fierce-looking snake-mimicking caterpillars, convincing twig-mimicking caterpillars and bizarre legless slug caterpillars. Witness rare moments of metamorphosis, ecological relationships and parasitism play out first-hand both at the display tables and under The Caterpillar Lab’s digital microscopes, or chat with one of their experts who are always on hand to enrich your experience.

The Caterpillar Lab’s in-residence exhibit is a casual drop-in experience. Stay for ten minutes or five hours. Photograph the caterpillars, discuss gardening for insects, observe countless species, open up cocoons with The Caterpillar Lab staff or just hold a really HUGE caterpillar—choose your own caterpillar adventure. There is something for everyone from young children to seasoned naturalists and professional biologists – if you are wondering if this exhibit is appropriate for you, the answer is YES!

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 Daily 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

Butterfly Investigations

Thursdays and Saturdays, June 14-August 25
11 a.m.

Butterfly House Exhibit

Join us in our new Butterfly House Exhibit as we investigate the lives of the butterflies we’re raising at the Gardens this year. From egg to adult and everything in-between, we’ll search for all stages of a butterfly’s life cycle while also learning to identify the key differences between moths and butterflies.

Free with Admission

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 – The Bees of CMBG

Tuesday, July 24
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Begins in the Visitor Center
Free for members

Join CFO and resident beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes for a tour featuring the bees that call the Gardens home. Hear why the Gardens started an apiary, and see the nine hives first-hand.

Member Insider Tour – Plants that Repel Unwanted Insects

Tuesday, August 7
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Begins in the Visitor Center
Free for members

Back for another year! This popular tour led by staff horticulturist, Jen Dunlap, will reveal the plants you can grow in your garden to keep mosquitos, gnats, aphids and all sorts of other insects at bay. Learn about strategically placing insect-repelling plants in your garden or on your patio. We will also explore carnivorous, insect-eating plants.

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.