Please note: All receptions are free and open to the public; and refreshments, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, are served. Sales of artwork benefit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Amy Campbell exhibit-72dpi
Bee on goldenrod
photo by Amy Campbell
Sanguinaria canadensis, Helleborus by Fred Michel-72dpi
Sanguinaria canadensis,
Helleborus by Fred Michel
beetle bug200
“Beetle Bug” bronze
by Judy O’Donnell
for “Pollinators” sculpture show
Pas de Deux
“Pas de Deux”
by Kathleen Clemons
Close to Nature - Rob Smith
Photo by Rob Smith
From Mountains to Sea Barbara DeGregorio-200w
Botanical painting by NESBA
member Barbara DeGiorgio
photo club exhibit
Bee photo by Gail Woods

Pollinators-beeApril 15 to August 3
“Flower Foraging:  Native Bees in Maine Gardens” Photography of Amy Campbell

Reception Thursday, May 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Did you know that Maine is home to more than 260 species of native bees?  Digger Bees, Sweat Bees, Squash Bees, Leaf Cutter Bees, Bumblebees and more!  Large or small, they all have their own way of acquiring the floral rewards of nectar and pollen.   Come to the Resource Room to learn about these wild bees and see the photos that beautifully capture their search.

This exhibit is in the Resource Room in the Visitor Center; the free, public reception will be in the Visitor Center.  Learn more about our Year of Pollinators. 

Pollinators-beeApril 30 to July 6
“Pollination: Evolving Miracles”
Reception: Thursday, May 8, 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, May 8, 4:00 p.m., “What Do Bees Want? Plants for a Bee Garden” by Alison Dibble, PhD

Enjoy artistic interpretations of the lively intersection between flowering plants and their pollinators – bees, wasps, moths, butterflies and others!  This exhibition, featuring many Maine artists, was originally organized in 2013 by Robyn Holman, curator for the Atrium Art Gallery on the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus.  Interpretive labels were created with editorial assistance from botanist and ecologist Alison Dibble, PhD.  This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Atrium Art Gallery.

This exhibit, Alison Dibble’s lecture, and the reception are in the Bosarge Family Education Center. While there is a charge for the lecture, the reception is free and open to the public.  Learn more about our Year of Pollinators. 

Pollinators-beeMay 24 to October 31
“Powerful Pollinators!” Student Art Exhibit
Reception: Saturday, May 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Stop by the Story Barn in our Children’s Garden to enjoy the imaginative ways in which students from all five of the Boothbay peninsula’s schools interpret pollinators, the “superheroes” of our natural world.

Pollinators-beeJune 19 to September 30
“Pollinators” Sculpture Show Curated by June LaCombe
 Reception: Thursday, June 19, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

The 2014 sculpture show, “Pollinators,” curated by June Lacombe, will be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from June 19 through September 30. Please join us for an opening reception at the Gardens on Thursday, June 19, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  to celebrate the artists, their work, and the Gardens’ theme for 2014. 

June LaCombe specializes in sculpture and shows the work of more than 40 artists from the New England region. Her exhibitions demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. Visit the June LaCombe SCULPTURE website. 

The exhibit is primarily outdoors at the Gardens; the free, public reception will be in the Visitor Center. Learn more about our Year of Pollinators. 

July 7-17
“Flower Portraits: Photography by Kathleen Clemons”
Reception: Friday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 

Enjoy a stroll through this enchanting and magical display of flower portraits by renowned Maine photographer Kathleen Clemons.

This exhibit and free, public reception are in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

July 18-31
“Close to Nature:  Photography by Rob Smith”
Reception: Friday, July 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Experience the complexities and nuances of the natural world in an exhibit of images by expert photographer Rob Smith. These spectacular photos will incite curiosity and demonstrate order in an often chaotic environment.

The exhibit and free, public reception are in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

August 1 to September 30
“From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England”
A juried exhibit of native New England plant portraits
Reception: Saturday, August 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The New England Society of Botanical Artists’ juried exhibition of native New England plant portraits is travelling to venues throughout New England into the fall of 2014, and will be in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Education Center beginning August 1. “From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England” is designed to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration and to celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. The New England Society of Botanical Artists is a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA).

This exhibit and the free, public reception are in the Bosarge Family Education Center. 

Pollinators-beeAugust 5-September 30
“Pollinators in the Gardens” by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ 2014 Photography Club members
Reception: Thursday, August 14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The spectacular display of the flowers at the Gardens is really all for the pollinators (in the biological sense!). Revel in the intricate relationship between flower and pollinator in this engaging presentation by Photo Club members.

This exhibit is in the Resource Room in the Visitor Center. The free, public reception will be in Kerr Hall in the Visitor Center.  Learn more about our Year of Pollinators. 


Below is a listing of exhibits that have enlivened the Visitor Center, Education Center and grounds of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens since 2006. In addition, we have an exceptional permanent collection of sculpture. 

- 2013 -

“Trees, Timbers & Traditions” display – summer and fall
Tree-related paintings by Amanda Russell – summer and fall
“Harrowing Harvest Folk” by Diane Walden – October 9-November 4
“Branching Out” student art exhibit – May 25-mid-October
“Color Study: Macro,” an spectrum-spanning exhibit of Photography Club work – August 30-October 8
“Tree Sketches,” drawings of trees by Richard Rauh – August 1-28
“A Portfolio of Nature’s Beauty: Watercolors by Hillary Parker” – June 20-July 31
“Lunaform: A 20th Anniversary Celebration” exhibit of planted containers – spring through early October
“Living Wood” exhibit of works by some of New England’s finest sculptors, curated by June LaCombe

- 2012 -

“Rachel Carson: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring” Exhibit – September 7-October 23
“Capturing the Gardens’ Landscapes: A Photography Club Exhibit – October 2-16
“On the Wing” sculpture show, curated by June LaCombe – July 1-October 8
Susan Newbold: “The Illuminated Journal”  – August 27-September 7
“Watershed’s Legends: 25 Years of Residencies” and “Garden Pots,” a concurrent exhibit – July 10-August 31
Katie Lee: Nature Through the Artist’s Eye – July 7-20
Hank Tyler : Wooden Bird Sculpture – June 24-27
Plein-Air Painters Exhibit – June 11-29
Julie Babb: “Our Maine Birds” – June 1-July 8
Linda Heppes Funk:” The Art of Botanicals” – May 23-June 7
“Birds and Blossoms: A Birds-Eye View of the Gardens” Student Art – May 26-30
Bruce Bartrug Bird of the Week display of artwork and sounds: Mid-May through August
Local Colors exhibit of work by midcoast Maine artists, in conjunction with River Arts Gallery – April 1-May 24


Toki Oshima: We Live in Maine paintings – October 12-November 14, 2011
Maine Fiberarts Show – October 1-10, 2011
Kate Furbish Botanical Illustrations -September 20-30, 2011, in the Bosarge Family Education Center
Jean Swan Gordon paintings – August 27-September 29, 2011, in the Visitor Center
Jane Dahmen paintings – July 22-August 25. 2011
Plein Air Paintings – July 13-20, 2011
Stone Coast Sculpture show – July 1 – October 13, 2011
R. Keith Rendall prints – June 20-September 5, 2011, in the Story Barn.
Dahlov Ipcar illustrations and paintings – June/July, 2011
Garden Elements sculpture show – April-October, 2011
Local Color II: The Sea – April/May, 2011

- 2010 -

Colin Page Paintings- November 15-December 19, 2010
Jacobus Baas Paintings – October 19-November 14, 2010
Three Women Sculpture Show – Carole Hanson, Squidge Liljeblad Davis, and Lise Becu: Spring through fall, 2010
Benches – A Seat in the Garden: Spring through fall, 2010
Joan W. Hooker – A Maine Harvest: September 13 – October 17, 2010
Watercolors and oils by Susan Van Campen: August 23 – September 12, 2010
Botanical illustrations by Linda Heppes Funk: July 25 – August 15, 2010
Plein-Air Painters Exhibit, July 18-25, 2010
Robert McCloskey: From the Drawing Board to the Page, June 1 – July 17, 2010
Local Color I: Gardens and Flowers, May 1 – May 31, 2010
Artists featured: Monique Parry, Kathleen Billis, Mitch Billis, Andrea Peters, Helen St. Clair, Joan Plummer and Pam Creamer.
Boothbay Region Schools in Bloom, April 1 – May 9, 2010
Re-Imagined: Sculpture by Wendy Klemperer, curated by June LaCombe, July 11, 2009-May 24, 2010

- 2009 -

Connie Hayes: Paintings, August 11 – September 30, 2009
‘Sculpture for the Senses,’ Curated by June LaCombe, June 19-August 31, 2009
‘Windsor Chairs: The First Garden Furniture,’ Works by Andrew C. Abello, Anna B. McCoy, Ann Wyeth McCoy, Maude Robin McCoy,
Charles Santorie, Donald E. Josephson, June 1 – August 3, 2009
‘The Inspired Garden,’ a collection of works by many of the artists in Judy Paolini and Nance Trueworthy’s new book, April 1-May 31

- 2008 -

Lee Winslow Court, Oil Paintings, October 3-December 19, 2008
Anna B. McCoy, Oils and Watercolors, August 14-September 30, 2008
‘Wind & Light,’ Kinetic Sculpture by George Sherwood, May 26-August 15, 2008
‘Near at Hand,’ Paintings and Drawings by John Whalley, July 9-July 26, 2008
‘The Four Seasons,’ Acrylics by Alan Fishman, May 30-July 7, 2008
‘Maurice “Jake” Day: Beloved Maine,’ April 1 -May 25, 2008

- 2007 -

‘Seasons in Maine,’Landscapes by Andrea J. Peters, October 19-December 21, 2007
‘My Natural Progression: Botanical Inspiration,’ Watercolors by Ramone Hanley-Warren, Fall 2007
Eric Hopkins, Paintings and Works in Glass, July 7-September 4, 2007
Kim and Phillipe Villard, Woodblock Prints and Handmade Books of Prints, May 1-July 1, 2007

- 2006 -

“Coming to Our Senses – Sculpture for the Home and Garden,”Curated by June LaCombe, Fall 2006