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.

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.

Please note that member pricing is valid for the 1 or 2 card holding members only.

Give the gift of Gardens Aglow

November 21 - December 31
Thursdays - Sundays, from 4-8 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve
Gift tickets are good for the duration of Gardens Aglow.

Give the gift of Gardens Aglow this season with our special gift ticket bundles! Bundles come inside a gift card with space for your own gift message and with an envelope for mailing.
Choose a bundle of either 2 adult tickets in a card, or 2 adults and 2 children in a card, and then you can add on as many additional adult or child tickets as you need. We'll assemble your bundle, and mail it on to you. You can then write your message in the card and gift it to friends or family!
Send them as seasonal thank yous to teachers or post office workers, as holiday gifts or even as "just because" surprises for family and loved ones.

Gift ticket bundles are good for the duration of Gardens Aglow, which takes place from November 21 through December 31 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4-8 p.m. Gardens Aglow is closed on Thanksgiving day and Christmas Eve. Bundles will be mailed to you, and then can be sent and gifted anywhere with the included 5 1/2" x 8 1/8" envelope. Gift tickets must be purchased as bundles, and can include as many additional adult and child tickets as you need. All tickets for Gardens Aglow are good only for 2015.

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 25th

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

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

2015 KGDS Solo Bistro

Monday, December 7
4 - 7 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Join Chef Ray Franklin, Executive Chef of Solo Bistro in Bath, Maine for a delicious evening at the Gardens. Enjoy a private viewing of Gardens Aglow from 4-5 p.m., and then a special dinner by Chef Franklin from 5-7 p.m, with the beauty of thousands of lights just outside the windows. All of Chef Franklin's dishes are meticulously hand-crafted with the freshest and brightest ingredients which has earned him accolades as one of Maine's finest chefs.

Solo Bistro

Exhibit Receptions

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