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 select any date on the calendar. Your tickets will be valid for any open day of Gardens Aglow. 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 any day 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.

Opening Reception with Andrea Peters

Thursday, December 3, 5-7 p.m.
Free with admission to Gardens Aglow

Join us for the opening reception of Andrea Peters fine art pieces. This reception is free with admission to Gardens Aglow.

With her bold, brushy landscapes, Andrea Peters winterscapes make winter come alive. A keen observer of the landscape around her, Peters paints the views in East Boothbay that surround her home. Her paintings are composed for maximum expression. “I push beyond the obvious,” Peters says, and in doing so she creates a seismic shift in the way we see the landscape. The result is a visual extravaganza. Andrea Peters’ paintings stand out as unique and bold expressions of a highly individualized talent. She is represented by Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor.

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

Family Events

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

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.