Preparing for the Future
In just ten short years, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has become one of the largest public gardens in the country, ranking among the top ten percent. Our original master plan began in 1998 and was finished in 2004. Phase one of this plan was completed in 2011. The first phase included our original buildings, infrastructure, gardens, parking and restrooms, constructed based on a predicted attendance of 40,000 annual visitors. Remarkably, we surpassed 40,000 our second year of operation and in 2017, our attendance surpassed 190,000. We have welcomed visitors from 63 countries and all 50 states.
Implementation of phases two and three of the master plan, which we began finalizing 2012, will provide a quality experience for guests in the future. We’ve been working with the best designers and engineers in the country to ensure our plans meet or exceed all state and federal regulations. Over 200 professionals, staff, board members and stakeholders worked together to complete this comprehensive and elegant plan with four primary goals: to build capacity so we could properly serve our current and future guests; to foster year-round visitation; to strengthen programming in our key mission areas of horticulture, education, and research; and to continue to be a model for best practices surrounding fiscal and environmental sustainability.
Remaining true to our Maine roots, the master plan incorporates stone and water in undulating patterns which unify the original gardens with the new elements in the plan.