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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.


Mother's Day at the Gardens

Sunday, May 10

Free admission for moms, all day!


Tea and Tulips

Sunday, May 17th
4:00 p.m. in the Cafe

Come and admire the magnificent display of thousands of tulips in the Gardens followed by a delicious Traditional English Cream Tea in our Cafe. Delicate tea sandwiches – tomato, cucumber, smoked salmon and homemade Boursin cheese. 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.


Maine Days

Friday-Monday, May 23, 24 and 25

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


Classic Plantastic! Plant Sale

Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Members only on Saturday from 9:00 - noon

We're kicking our plant sale up a notch this year in ways that we know you're going to love. You'll 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 have 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.

Garden Symposium

Please visit our Garden Symposium page for more information on each speaker and their lecture.


11th Annual Garden Symposium: Artful Gardens: Creative Design

Friday, June 26th
9:30 am – 3:30 p.m.
Education Center

Designing and cultivating a garden creates opportunity for artistry, style, and creativity. This June, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens welcomes three innovative landscape designers and garden writers who embrace and emphasize art and creativity in design. Join us for an inspiring day that will help you learn to unleash your own artistry and style to create beautiful garden spaces. Lectures topics and speakers will be “Express Yourself: Cultivating Garden Style” with Rochelle Greayer; “The Art of Growing Food: Elevating Ordinary to Extraordinary” with Ellen Ogden; and “Creating the Places of Beauty and Meaning” with Julie Moir Messervy.

Includes continental breakfast, box lunch, and Gardens admission.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series


2015 KGDS Earth at Hidden Pond

Tuesday, May 12
6:00 to 8:00 pm
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Experience Earth at Hidden Pond, a heavenly "Farm to Fork" dining experience founded by James Beard winner and founder of 5 acclaimed Boston restaurants, Chef Ken Oringer and headed up by Chef Justin Walker named in 2014 by StarChef.com 'a rising star'. Located in Kennebunkport, Earth serves local meats, seafood and house made cuisine using ingredients from its on-site organic gardens. The Portland Press Herald raves "the food is flawless!" and "all dishes are executed to near perfection".

www.earthathiddenpond.com/


2015 KGDS Francine Bistro

Thursday, May 28
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Chef Brian Hill of Francine Bistro, Shepherd's Pie and Seabright in Camden, Maine creates perfectly balanced dishes using only the freshest local and organic produce, meats, cheeses and seafood. Chef Hill has been a James Beard 'Best Chef Northeast' semi-finalist for the last 5 years. Francine Bistro has been for several years running been named as one of Eater Maine's 18 Essential Maine Restaurants.

www.francinebistro.com


2015 KGDS Grace Restaurant

Thursday, June 11
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Breathtaking atmosphere and gothic revival architecture envelope you at Grace Restaurant, where Executive Chef Adam Flood offers sophisticated American/French cuisine situated in a soaring, renovated 19th century church. Recipient of Yankee Magazine's 2014 Editor's Choice Award for Best Dining in Maine.

www.restaurantgrace.com


2015 KGDS Academe Brasserie at the Kennebunk Inn

Tuesday, June 23
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Shanna and Brian O'Hea are the Chef-Owners of Academe Brasserie and The Kennebunk Inn in Kennebunk, Maine. This 1799 property with 26 guest rooms and a 100-seat restaurant, anchors Main Street in one of Maine's most popular tourist destinations.

The O'Heas have gained international recognition by participating in cooking programs around the world including Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Holland America Cruise Line. Shanna has appeared on Food Network's "Chopped," winner of "Rewrapped" and will appear on "Beat Bobby Flay" May 2015. Academe's signature Lobster Pot Pie has been featured in Oprah Magazine as one of Gayle King's favorites, on Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," Travel Channel's "Food Paradise," and 2014 Travel and Leisure Holiday Gift Guide. Their Lobster White Truffle Pizza has appeared on the "O List" in Oprah Magazine and was also featured on Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." Both products are available on MaineLobsterPotPie.com, a website the O'Heas developed to ship fresh Maine seafood overnight across the United States.

www.thekennebunkinn.com


2015 KGDS Trattoria Athena and Enoteca Athena

Tuesday, July 7
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Chef/Owner Tim O'Brien brings his Italian heritage to the forefront of his two restaurants in Brunswick, Trattoria Athena & Enoteca Athena for both traditional and creative Italian & Greek cuisine. The Athena's use locally sourced products for their cuisine, and as a result, each restaurant's menu reflects the season. Trattoria Athena offers a glimpse across the Atlantic of a small, rustic Italian "trattoria" in a relaxed setting specializing in fresh pastas & dishes found in Tim's relative's hometowns in Southern Italy; whereas Enoteca Athena offers a contemporary, relaxed wine bar with creative cocktails and a menu offering many plates designed for sharing.

Trattoria Athena
www.trattoriaathena.com

Enoteca Athena
www.enotecaathena.com


2015 KGDS The Gothic

Tuesday, July 21
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Executive Chef Ryan McKeown and Owner/Chef Matthew Kinney (a two-time James Beard award nominee and raw-food pioneer) have created a unique and award-winning restaurant in the former Belfast National Bank in Belfast. The Gothic serves a vegetarian only menu that offers both traditional and innovative dishes painstakingly prepared with modern, cutting-edge techniques. Original, bold and full-flavored dishes at the Gothic celebrate both the beauty and bounty of Maine. The Gothic won Eater Maine's 2013 Restaurant of the Year title and is listed in Eater Maine's 2014 18 Essential Restaurants in Maine.

www.matthewkenneycuisine.com


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!

www.harraseeketinn.com


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.

www.piccolomaine.com


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.

Hugo's
www.hugos.net

Eventide Oyster Company
www.eventideoysterco.com


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.

www.theroomsportland.com/


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'.

www.vinland.me


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
www.40paper.com

3 Crow
www.3crow.com


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

www.tao-yuan.me

Exhibit Receptions

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


Opening Reception for Linda Packard: Intimate Views

Friday, May 1st, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Using thick, juicy strokes of vibrant color, Linda Packard paints focused, expressive compositions in nature often overlooked in pursuit of the sweeping vista. Join us for a talk from the artist and enjoy refreshments in the Education Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Offered in collaboration with Courthouse Gallery Fine Art.

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 April 15th through June 16th in the Bosarge Family Education Center.


Opening Reception for George Sherwood: Wind, Waves

Wednesday, June 24th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Free, public reception in Kerr Hall in the Visitor Center.

Come join us for an exhibition of kinetic sculpture by George Sherwood in WIND, WAVES & LIGHT. His abstract work recalls flocks of birds, schools of fish, shimmering leaves and waves of light and water, all re-imagined in stainless steel. Refreshments will be served in Kerr Hall from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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 1st through October 12th.


Opening Reception for Maine Botanicals: Artist's Books, Prints, and Collages by Rebecca Goodale

Friday June 5th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Resource Room in the Visitor Center.

Join us for botanical art and refreshments in the Resource Room from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with artist Rebecca Goodale. Goodale creates unconventional and wonderful limited edition artist's books that invite the reader into the natural world - and the risks involved in these earthy habitats.

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 1st through July 30th in the Resource Room in the Visitor Center.


Opening Reception for The Art of Botanical Herbals

Friday, June 19th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Learn about herbals in this interpreted art exhibit featuring reproduced historical illustrations of familiar medicinal plants. Refreshments will be served in the Education Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Created in collaboration with the New England Society of Botanical Artists.

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 19th through August 13th in the Bosarge Family Education Center.


Opening Reception for Magical Storybook Plants

Saturday, May 23rd, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Free, public reception in the Story Barn in the Children's Garden.

Students from all five schools of the Boothbay peninsula will bring to life the magical plants of some of our favorite children’s stories, such as Alice in Wonderland and Snow White, using clay, paper mache and other mixed medias.

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 23rd through October 31st in the Story Barn in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden.


Opening Reception for Flower Power: Paintings by Jennifer Knaus

Saturday August 15th, 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 15th through October 31st in the Bosarge Family Education Center.


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.

Family Events


May Day Celebration

Friday, May 1
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Free with admission

What better way to welcome in the warmer weather that brings news growth to the Gardens than with a festive celebration! With origins rooted in the Roman festival of Flora, the goddess of fruit and flowers, May Day is a perfect time to enjoy our spring blossoms and celebrate the coming of summer. Join us for this family-friendly event as we learn a few Maypole dances and songs and make a special planted May basket to take home.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our May Day Celebration. It is not necessary to RSVP, but doing so helps us plan ahead to put on the best event possible.


Midsummer Celebration

Saturday, June 20
10-11:30 a.m.
Free with admission

Help us to celebrate the arrival of summer with the solstice and the season of fertility, through a traditional agrarian celebration on Midsummer’s Eve. We'll bring out the Maypole, make festive head wreaths, and dance a few dances such as "The Little Frogs." We'll also play some traditional games to enjoy the time outside with family and friends. All ages welcome.

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