June 26, 2013
8:00 am
July 19, 2013
8:00 am
August 10, 2013
3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: All of our Insider Tours are full to capacity. Please check with our Membership Department next year to learn about any upcoming tours. 

We encourage Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens members to reserve now for fascinating – and free – tours presented just for you. The sessions last from 1 to 1½ hours, rain or shine, and each is limited to 20 participants. All require some walking, so please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes or boots. If you require mobility assistance, call Jen McKane at 207-633-4333, ext. 109.

See below for the descriptions of the members-only “insider tours.” Due to limited availability and because we’d like as many members as possible to experience these special tours, we ask that each member sign up for only one tour per year. To register, call us at 207-633-4333,  ext. 109 or 112, or reserve via the Purchase Tickets button below. Please check in at the Visitor Center upon arrival.


FULL – Wednesday, June 26
Garden Magic…Creating Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from the Forest

Tour begins in the Visitor Center at 8 a.m.

Dick Zieg, one of the Gardens’ first employees and a horticulturalist with more than 40 years of experience, will talk about the transformation of the property in the last 20 years.  Did you know, for example, that Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was once slated to be a housing development? Do you know which stone walls are very old, and which ones are new? Dick will guide you through the land’s evolution into the garden you know and love today.

FULL – Friday, July 19
How Do We Make This Garden Grow?

Tour begins in the Visitor Center at 8 a.m.

This is a rare opportunity to see our greenhouse, which is not open to the general public.  Horticulturalists Sharmon Provan and Will Bridges and Director of Horticulture Rodney Eason will demonstrate how they propagate plants and show you what they have in the greenhouse at the moment.  They’ll also take you on a garden tour to explain the various cultural practices we use to keep our gardens lush and beautiful. 

Saturday, August 10
What’s New?

Tour begins at the Rose Arbor at 3 p.m.

Big garden improvements in 2013 include a redesign of the Rose & Perennial Garden, Great Lawn renovation, and fantastical stone construction at the shoreland Fairy House Village. We’re also busy at work on numerous smaller horticultural additions and subtractions throughout the gardens, some subtle, some bold.  Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of what’s new in 2013, and a sneak peak at what we have up our sleeve for 2014.


Water Features at the Gardens

From complex irrigation to magnificent waterfalls and tranquil ponds, the Gardens’ water features create picture-perfect ambience and beauty.  A member of the horticulture staff will present a true insider’s view of how water works at the Gardens. This tour will be fascinating for anyone interested in the nitty-gritty of Gardens operations.