From butterflies to bees, birds to beetles – the dynamic relationship between many flowering plants and their animal pollinators is the subject of this year’s new interpretive theme at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Visit us this season to see and learn about Maine’s fascinating diversity of wild pollinators – and of course the various beautiful blooms that sustain them! 

pollinator by Russell Caron
Pollinator photo by Russell Caron

We’ve planned a wide array of activities, events, and displays around pollinators.  In the gardens, enjoy specially-designed pollinator plantings and garden sculpture.  Learn to grow a butterfly garden, take a docent-led tour,  or accompany a biologist to observe pollinating insects in the day – or night!  In the Story Barn, discover tales and activities about bugs – then  creep, crawl or fly out and through the nearby Pollinator Learning Garden.

In the Education Center, contemplate art and photography inspired by pollination, observe caterpillars and butterflies in our created “habitat,” or attend a lecture on hummingbird ecology.  Whatever your age or interest, you’ll find numerous ways to explore the interconnectedness of plants and these charismatic and critical members of our fauna.

See details of the Gardens’ exhibits for 2014.