At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, you can enjoy a wide variety of events, exhibits, and programs for all ages – all in spectacular surroundings.
Reservations (Sometimes), Please
Whenever possible, we offer our events at no cost and to as many people as would like to attend. However, sometimes we must require registration and prepayment. We don’t want you to be disappointed, so if reservations are necessary, we suggest you sign up early.
If You Need to Cancel
We know that things come up and people sometimes need to cancel reservations. Because of the many types of events and programs we offer, cancellation policies vary. To learn more, view our cancellation policy.
December at a Glance
Talented Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens horticulturist and floral designer Diane Walden is the perfect instructor if you want to learn how to make beautiful, lasting, and intriguing arrangements with greens for the holidays.
Eggnog and Christmas cookies add to the fun, and you may bring some of your own holiday treats to share, if you’d like.
Traditional workshop: 9 a.m. – noon
PLEASE NOTE: The morning workshop is full, but please consider the afternoon workshop described below if you’d like to delve deeper into the making of greens for the holidays ~ and have a lot of fun in the process.
Advanced workshop: 1-4 p.m.
NEW! For Diane’s former students and others with some prior experience in the basics of making holiday greens, please come to a special new advanced offering. This workshop will provide a more varied and exotic assortment of greens, such as boxwood and incense cedar, plus additional selections of ribbons and cones. Develop new skills, such as how to make an indoor ‘Williamsburg’ piece using fruit and nuts, create arrangements with taper candles, or incorporate and retain fresh flowers in your greens. If you’d like to make a formal table arrangement, please bring your favorite vase or bowl. Please bring your pruners and favorite glue gun; we will have extras if needed.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price: $75 members, $85 nonmembers
Register using the “Purchase Tickets” buttons above, or call 207-633-4333, ext. 101. Space is limited.
Diane Walden is a horticulturist at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Her beautiful garlands have graced many ribbon-cutting celebrations, including those for the Haney Hillside Garden, Bosarge Family Education Center, and new Fairy House Village. She creates many of the arrangements and container plantings that visitors so admire.
|December 14, 2013|
|10:00 am||to||3:00 pm|
For this great Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens tradition, new vendors and returning favorites will offer their finest wares, all of the highest quality. Browse their displays while enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holidays.
We’ll also offer two book signings — a chance to meet authors and an illustrator and purchase signed copies of their books.* The Gardens Gift Shop will be open, too, with a wide array of wonderful gifts.
There is no charge for admission to this festive event, or to the Gardens at this time of year. The Christmas Market is a perfect way to have fun and get in the holiday spirit while finding unique, reasonably priced gifts for everyone on your list!
Below is the latest list of vendors that will be in the Visitor Center and adjacent Education Center. Check back as the day approaches for a final list.
BATH SWEET SHOPPE…special Christmas stocking stuffer candy from an old-fashioned candy store
BLACK DINAH CHOCOLATIERS…the return of this exceptional chocolate vendor…beautiful boxes perfect for gift-giving
COMMON FOLK HERB FARM…wonderful herbal mixes and teas
* DOWN EAST…From 10 a.m.-noon, author Nick Alfiero of Portland will sign his new book, Harbor Fish Market.
FOR THE BIRDS…a new collection of feeders for the birds
HONEY EXCHANGE…tasty, unusual-flavored honeys and other items for the bee lover and beekeepers
HOOTENANNY BREADS…fresh baked, perfect for holiday meals
HUDSON VALLEY HEIRLOOM SEEDS…a special collection of organic seeds including the 2014 new releases – the perfect stocking stuffer
HUMAN NATURE SOAPS…a very special Maine-made selection of natural soaps and creams
ISLAND STONE JEWELRY…inspired by the rocks around us, delightful Maine-made silver and rock jewelry
* ISLANDPORT PRESS…From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., author Elise Richer and illustrator Teresa Lagrange will be on hand to sign copies of Always in Season, a wonderful new book featuring recipes by month for products available at farmers’ markets during that same time frame.
LESLIE EVANS DESIGNS…back by popular demand, made-in-Maine balsam sachets and pillows plus Maine-made table runners
McCARTHY JEWELRY…hand-crafted resin tile earrings in a variety of colors and shapes
OBADIAH STONEWORK…fabulous Maine stone items for the home, kitchen, and garden
OLD BOTTLE SEA GLASS OF MAINE…a collection of glass decorative items and jewelry made in Maine
SCARVES GALORE…cashmere, silk blends, and wool/microfiber – a great selection and a perfect gift
SOLMATE SOCKS…wonderful socks, mittens, and hats made of recycled cotton yarn in creative, fun color combinations
SPIRAL BEESWAX CANDLES…elegant and unusual spiral beeswax taper candles perfect for entertaining or gift giving; available in several different colors and styles.
TRILLIUM TOTES…beautiful custom-made tote bags with a variety of botanical motifs
WOODFIELD ANIMAL CARDS…the Cindy Woodfield collection of animal cards covering all the seasons, plus birthday and get-well wishes
WOODTURNINGS from Lanny Dean…an impressive selection of handmade wooden bowls and other items
|December 17, 2013|
|3:00 pm||to||4:00 pm|
PLEASE NOTE: The book club has reached the limit for sign-ups. We hope you’ll check back often to see what other exciting programs are coming up – and you may want to read these wonderful books on your own.
Your garden is put to bed – and now is the perfect time to get cozy by the wood fire with books. Director of Education Melissa Cullina has chosen four diverse books that blend the botanical and the literary – specially chosen for plant and nature enthusiasts like us! Gather around the Gardens’ fireside one Tuesday per month to discuss the book and enjoy tea and treats.
Please sign up, and then simply read and come to the Visitor Center on the discussion date to share what you’ve experienced through reading each book.
December book: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Discussion Tuesday, December 17, at 3 p.m.
Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (2012)
Winner of the 2011 John Burroughs Medal
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris - a common woodland snail.
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world.
Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.
Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.