This wall was created along the Birch Allee. The stone wall running from the Shoreland Trail up the ledge and across the Birch Allee was most likely a property boundary or perhaps a sheep fence. The thin, stony soils here were too poor for crops, but did support sheep farming from the 1700s until the mid-1800s. Now thickly covered in moss and ferns, this wall is a vivid reminder that 200 years ago, most of the Boothbay peninsula was clear of trees, and herds of sheep and cattle dotted a landscape of small farms.

This summer, four dramatic stone benches were installed throughout the Gardens. This graceful loveseat is located in the Woodland Garden, tucked behind the Cleaver Event Lawn. We’ve spotted kids climbing on it, adults stretching out on it, and couples snuggling on it. These granite benches came from a quarry near Augusta while others in the Gardens have come from Mount Desert Island.

Yes, there really are palms in Maine. The Needle Palms are located in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden next to the treehouse. Part of the horticulture research that happens at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens includes testing plant hardiness. The Needle Palms are the most hardy species of palm in the world. It is a very slow growing plant and is adaptable to cold temperatures and conditions such as we have in Maine.

These stone steps are on the Maine Woods Trail and lead to the Lady’s Slipper Glen. In 1998, we started to study the plants at the center of this one-acre area where they are very common. Each June, volunteers count all of the flowers, monitor growth for many of the plants, and attach a numbered tag to new plants. Over 2,300 plants have been tagged, nearly five times as many as were found at the start of the study. Visit us from late May to mid-June each year to see this lovely orchid display.

Geocaching, according to www.geocaching.com, is an international outdoor treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and then share their experiences online. Did you know that there is a geocache located within Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens? Now that you know we have one...it wouldn't be fair to tell you where it is, would it?!