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.

Maine Days

Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday-Monday, May 28, 29 and 30

Free admission for all Maine residents. Simply present your Maine state ID or driver's license.

Plein Air Painting Days

Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free admission all day for painters

Artists are invited to set up their easels at the Gardens and paint en plein air, with no admission charge. No preregistration required, simply arrive at the front desk with your supplies to receive your complimentary admission – and enjoy!

Classic Plantastic! Plant Sale

Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members only on Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon

Discover the plants which the horticulture experts at CMBG have identified as the "tried and true" plants that every Maine garden needs. PLUS, we invited our experts to have a little fun this year. The staff has carefully selected the high-impact plants you won't often see in a Maine garden but will add dramatic impact. These are the plants they dream about. Come to the sale for practical ideas and tons of inspiration.

End of Summer Tea

Sunday, September 11, 2016
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.

Family Events

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 22, 2016
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! 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. Don't forget to submit your pie into the best pumpkin pie contest! 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 23

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: MK Kitchen

with Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

MK Kitchen blends the chic, city restaurant with a cozy, warm neighborhood restaurant. The food is made from scratch by Chef and Owner Mitch Kaldrovich, who combines his Argentinean roots and French culinary training to create a variety of dishes for everyone's palate, including gluten free and vegan options. One can choose comfort with the Polenta Bolognese, Braised Beef Short Ribs or Hand Rolled Pumpkin Gnocchi, or apt for a more savvy meal with Escargot, Lobster Cones or Filet Mignon with Foie Gras Butter. They have been featured in Downeast Magazine, the Portland Press Herald, and the Kennebec Journal to name a few.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Tulsi Indian Restaurant

with Chef Raj Mandekar
Thursday, June 16, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Tulsi, located in Kittery, has quickly become one of the Seacoast’s best Indian Restaurants. Their cuisine is versatile and approachable, with flavors ranging from mild to rich and pungent, and full of fresh and natural ingredients, spices, and sauces. Their dishes are inspired by traditional North Indian and Moghlai dishes. At their restaurant, they offer fine wines, beers, and traditional Indian drinks. In 2014, Tulsi was named amongst the top Indian restaurants in the United States by Travel and Leisure, citing their Kashmiri Lamb Curry and Shrimp Balchao.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: M.C. Perkins Cove

with Chefs Mark Frasier and Clark Gaier
Monday, June 27, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

M.C. Perkins Cove in Ogunquit boasts beautiful ocean views, and classic American bistro fare. Freshness is key to Chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, who have owned restaurants together since 1988, when they opened Arrows Restaurant. In 2007, they opened M.C. Perkins Cove in picturesque Ogunquit. Unique flavors and prime ingredients can be found in every dish offered at the upscale yet casual restaurant that overlooks the Maine Coast. The duo have been featured in magazines and newspapers across the country for their delicious and fresh dishes, from Bicycling Magazine to The New York Times, and have won numerous awards, including being named the “Best Chefs in the Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: 11 Central

with Chef Joseph Smith and Owner Ann Marie Orr
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

11 Central the Downtown Eatery, located in the heart of downtown Bangor, is a small dinner-only restaurant that has an intangible feeling of comfort that washes over you when you walk through the door. They source the best products they can find and remain as local as possible to create fresh, real and simple dishes with flair of love and flavor. Their fan favorites lie with their New York strip and scallops simply sautéed or served with capricci pasta, but whatever your desire for dinner they will prepare it anyway you like. Just as long as you gather, eat, and be merry. Chef Joseph Smith and Owner Ann Marie Orr are honored and delighted to spend an evening preparing a summer feast for you in this extraordinary gem of Maine, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Christine Burns Rudalevige

Thursday, August 18, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Christine Burns Rudalevige is a seasoned food writer and classically trained cook living in Brunswick, Maine. Her writing and original recipes appear regularly in Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, The Coastal Table, Zest Maine and Edible New Hampshire magazines. Her weekly column in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, called Green Plate Special, focuses eating local, sustainably grown foods from both land and sea. She’s worked in professional kitchens since she was 15, completed her formal culinary school training at 43, and has most recently enjoyed the thrill of the restaurant cooking scene as a partner in Butter+Salt, a pop-up restaurant company that last winter hosted a series of special dinner events in Brunswick.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Emilitsa

with Chef Niko Regas
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Emilitsa is a rustic Greek restaurant with a contemporary and casual atmosphere located in the arts district of Portland. It was opened six years ago, by Chef Niko Regas, his father Chef Demo Regas, and his uncle John Regas. The restaurant is named after Demo and John’s mother. They offer a full array of Greek dishes that “honor the breadth of traditional cuisine from all regions of Greece,” using local, fresh, and natural ingredients. Chef Niko Regas is a 2015 winner of the New England Lamb Jam, a competition between 20 of the top area chefs sponsored by the American Lamb Association. Niko placed first in both the “People’s Choice” and “Best in Mediterranean” categories.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Local 188 Restaurant

with Chef Jay Villani
Thursday, September 29, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Jay and Allison Villani opened Local 188 in 1999 with Pat Corrigan and Matt Purington, “looking to combine their respective backgrounds in cooking and art.” Since then, Local 188 has moved but stayed true to their original ideals. Executive Chef Jay Villani, Chef de Cuisine Emmet Helrich and Sous Chef Adam Goldberg created a Farm-To-Table Menu that reflects Maine’s seasonal offerings. Their ingredients are sourced from local farmers, foragers, and fishermen and help to create a largely Spanish, but also Mediterranean-inspired, menu. They have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines across the state, and have been praised for their paella and tapas.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Miyake

with Chef Masa Miyake
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Chef Masa Miyake uses Japanese, French, and Italian techniques to influence his creative dishes at Miyake Restaurant in Portland. Since 2011, Miyake has been offering high-quality Japanese food to the Portland area, and has earned 4.5 stars from the Portland Press Herald. Though they source the best ingredients from around the world, Miyake emphasizes on local fish, produce, and meat. Chef Miyake was named a semifinalist in the “Best Chef in the Northeast” category by the James Beard Foundation.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: 50 Local

with Chef David Ross
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Located in downtown Kennebunk, 50 Local brings fresh, local ingredients to every dish on their menu (which changes daily). 50 Local is a bistro-style restaurant brought to you by local gal Merrilee Paul & her husband Chef David Ross that features the best of the area's resources. Relying on local farms, fisheries and a commitment to the community, 50 Local is downtown Kennebunk's neighborhood establishment. 50 Local presents an outstanding, approachable menu containing many of the traditional dishes offered in French bistros with an American take, served in a comfortable, elegant, & friendly atmosphere. 50 Local has been listed on Eater Maine’s 18 Essential Restaurants in the state for two years running.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Chef Margaret Salt McLellan

Wedesday, December 7, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Local Boothbay Harbor Chef Margaret McLellan has worked with seafood since she was small, and throughout her adulthood has been active in the farm to table movement. In 2008 she was named the “Maine Lobster Chef of the Year,” and appointed by the Governor to represent Maine in The Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans from 2008-2011. In 2010, her and her son’s recipe for Atlantic Red Crab Cakes took third place in the national competition. Amongst her certifications, McLellan has studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London and holds her Seafood HACCP certification thru Cornell University. McLellan has been very active in the Sustainable and Local Food movements in Maine since the farm to table concept became popular at its inception with Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods. She also has written for Maine Food and Lifestyle Magazine.

Exhibit Receptions

To see more information for all of our art and photography exhibits, please click here.

Opening Reception: Rare Plants of New England

Saturday, May 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Free, public reception in the Story Barn in the Children's Garden

Students from Boothbay, Edgecomb and Southport will depict rare New England plants through sculpture, collage and other mixed media.

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 May 28 through October 31 in the Story Barn in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden.

Opening Reception: Diary of the Wild

Friday, June 10, 5-7p.m.
Free, public reception in the Education Center

This exhibition shows the interpretation of four botanical artists of the wild and extraordinary. The interrelationship between plants and ecosystems display the extraordinary in the ordinary. Common patches of ground that we pass by become stunning up close and plant oddities become strange beauties. Works by Carol Woodin, Kelly Leahy Radding, Judith Allen Efstathiou and Betsy Rogers-Knox.

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 June 10 through July 26 in the Education Center.

Opening Reception: Botanicals and Still Lifes by Gail Spaien

Friday, August 5, 5-7 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Education Center

Gail Spaien’s extraordinary paintings explore the intersection of nature and culture through sentimental imagery combined with visual perceptual awareness. She interprets the natural world from different perspectives; as observed specimen, as aesthetic concept, as metaphor and as a subject that represents an ephemeral experience. Flowers rise and fall on the picture plane, creating visual spatial activity while offering a rosy view of the world, a denial of unpleasant things, and a prolonged sense of the pleasures of the natural world.

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 July 28 through August 7 in the Education Center.

Opening Reception: Photo Club's Portraits of the Extraordinary

Friday, September 9, 5-7 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Education Center

This year the annual juried exhibition of our Photography Club will focus on our 2016 theme, Rare and Extraordinary Plants. See the talent of this avid group and what they find extraordinary!

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 September 9 through October 31 in the Education Center.