The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses opened in June of 2009 and was an immediate favorite with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens visitors. While there is an abundance of plants and features in areas designed to appeal to each sense, the entire garden is a sensational experience. The pond is teeming with life this spring, including 100s of tadpoles and an elusive Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) referred to by Horticulturist, Will Bridges as “Fred”.
As part of our National Pollinators Week and designation as a Certified Monarch Waystation, we have been raising Monarch Butterflies from eggs to caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. Our first batch of homegrown Monarch butterflies have just completed their incredible metamorphosis and will soon be released into our Children’s Garden where they will discover and enjoy a diet of milkweed (Asclepias) plants, including tropical varieties. What a wonderful sight. We have about 25 now and hope to have 100s fluttering around the Gardens before long! Stop by the greenhouse in the Children’s Garden for a peek at the next round of eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalides in the greenhouse in the Children’s Garden.
While we’re certainly known for our beautiful cultivated gardens, not everyone knows that we’re a destination for hikers as well. Thank you Maine Today for including us in your list of easy hikes with great views. Read full article online
A walk through the beautiful gardens, trails and wild spaces of this nationally-acclaimed 250-acre property is an experience to be treasured. Tour the visitor center, then meander about through the Rose & Perennial, Great Lawn & Ledge, Burpee Kitchen, Children’s and Rhododendron gardens, the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and others. Then make your way to the edge of the garden proper and hike the Shoreland and Huckleberry trails along the scenic Back River.
Located at the Landing at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Sheepscot River Cruises, with the first fully electric Coast Guard certified vessel in Maine, will inspire you on the river waterways. With a licensed, local captain as your guide, you will see what our beautiful area has to offer.
Join us as we glide through the water in the Beagle, a seven passenger fully electric vessel. You’ll see picturesque coastlines with seagulls on outcroppings or cruise past iconic Maine images – lobstermen hauling their catch, bridges to small islands, osprey and their young in nests. You’ll have a relaxing and delightful time in the comfort of our canopy-covered Beagle while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Come down to the new Landing at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this summer for a 3-hour sea kayak excursion along the coastline of the Sheepscot River guided by local, independent outfitter Tidal Transit Kayak Company. The waters bordering the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens contain a rich marine ecosystem with seals, osprey and other wildlife thriving in the salty rivers. Each morning they’ll head into the Sheepscot River to explore this amazing ecosystem and surrounding islands. Single and tandem kayaks are available. Book Online.
by Jen Dunlap
As I write this, the rain pours down outside. It is a warm, slightly scented, spring rain that gleans the faintest hint of Magnolia x loebneri. There are a few not far from here and I am grateful. For this smell, this rain, and for this day, I am grateful. Our connection to nature sustains us. Just before the rain began we finished a planting of Hosta, Pulmonaria, and Astillbe around the Horse Chestnut in our yard. I can’t stop gardening! The sticky buds of the Aesculus plump and ripe, hang in a protective embrace around the new transplants. The heroic Anne Frank wrote about the Horse Chestnut in her diary from February 23, 1944, the following:
Greetings all! As we spring forward into this season of new beginnings, change is certainly afoot at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The snow cannot melt fast enough as we all, here at CMBG, patiently await the first signs of plant life to emerge from the thawing tundra below. Anticipation over the forthcoming bulb display is thick and we remember well those grueling planting days of fall with our calloused hands and sore knees. We planted more than 23,000 bulbs last fall, and this spring looks to provide another jaw-dropping color extravaganza.
Help! My desk is covered with catalogues from every seed and plant company that I ever bought anything from!!! New tools, new vegetables, new flowers, new ideas to take the cold out of winter and get me thinking about the “way life ought to be”…the reasons why I came to Maine in the first place. Winter is planning time here in the Horticulture Department at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens…planning to make our dreams and your expectations come true. We all need to create a vision for what we see as the perfect garden.the one that will inspire and energize those who see it to want to do something similar. My vision, my dream for our visitors and especially for those who have homes or properties nearby is that they are inspired to plant more flowers and vegetables.
Are we having fun yet? This season is shaping up to be a “good old-fashioned Maine winter.” We’ve been spoiled the past several years with relatively mild conditions. I was born and raised in Aroostook County; so I’ve felt like the stereotypical old-timer with my “back when I was a boy” stories about “real Maine winters”. (You know the ones: 25 below zero, three feet of snow, and walked four miles to school-uphill–both ways.)
Please channel your best Ethel Merman and help me sing out the old year….
There’s no business like grow business,
Like no business I know.
Everything about it is appealing,
Everything the good earth will allow.
Nowhere could you have that happy feeling
When you’re not wielding that muddy trowel.