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FlipKey: Top Spring Gardens & Conservations Areas Worth Traveling For

February 2017

With brighter, lighter days on the horizon, we’re keeping a close eye on the calendar in anticipation of spring. Whether you’re looking forward to planting and gardening or dreading end-of-winter yard work, you don’t need a green thumb to appreciate the vibrant blooms cropping up across the country.

We’re making it easy to embrace the scenery with a list of great gardens and nature attractions in every state. Selected by the travel experts at FlipKey, these venues are the perfect spots to see buds and blossoms come alive. Whether you’re planning spring break or just have a case of spring fever, consider visiting one of the recommended gardens or conservation areas on our list!

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Portland Press Herald: George Sherwood’s kinetic sculptures at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay

July 2015

“Wind Orchid” is Sherwood’s most graceful piece. It features four floral arms with flat, drop-shaped stainless-steel tips that shift smoothly in the breeze. The controlled difference in speed of motion is impressive between the fluttering of small disks in works like “Fibonacci” and the longer gestures of pieces like “Orchid” and “Turns” – a wittily-titled pair of bird-like forms featuring long, pointing triangles over broad, low, skirt-like cones installed in the middle of the Slater Forest Pond. The appropriately varied speeds reveal Sherwood relies on sensibilities rather than a recipe.

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Bangor Daily News: Plant curator orchestrates a symphony of color in Boothbay

July 2015

Rodney Eason wants people to stop and smell the clematis, see the dinner plate dahlias, walk through weeping European larch, rub their hands over prairie grass and inhale.

As director of horticulture and plant curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, he conducts a silent symphony of color, texture, shape and scent.

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Boothbay Register: Powerful collaboration between two creative forces in Maine

June 2015

What happens when nature inspires art and art inspires nature? Unexpected and captivating beauty. Textile designer Angela Adams and the horticulture staff at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) have teamed up to collaborate on two challenging and intriguing projects in 2015.

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Portland Press Herald: Maine Gardener: Therapy in the garden produces rewards for all the senses

April 2015

Gardening is therapeutic. When you’ve come home from work after arguing with your boss or coping with an aggravating computer problem, the simple task of weeding a patch of tomatoes or pruning a pear tree can relieve stress.

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Portland Press Herald: New growth at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

August 2014

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has begun planning an expansion expected to see it through the next two decades. Key elements of the plan for the 270-acre property include doubling the size of the intensely planted ornamental gardens from 3 to 6 acres, constructing greenhouses for research and for propagating plants, and building a conservatory and a new visitor center.

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Boston Globe: The top tourist attractions in New England

August 2014

The tourism business is surging in the region, poised to break records this year, according to the Federal Reserve. Where is everybody going? We asked TripAdvisor, who sent us the most reviewed attractions in each of the six New England states, and what visitors had to say about them. Read Online

Hometown Maine - A Visit to the Boothbay Botanical Gardens

August 2014

In this weekend’s Hometown Maine, WMTW News 8’s Norm Karkos takes us to Boothbay, where this picturesque fishing village houses one of Maine’s most beautiful gems: the Boothbay Botanical Gardens. Watch Video Online

WCSH6: This is Home

June 2014

Maine is full of wonderful experiences. We love to share great Maine destinations with you! We had stellar weather the day of our visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to protect, preserve, and enhance the botanical heritage and natural landscapes of coastal Maine for people of all ages through horticulture, education, and research. We are so proud to say THIS IS HOME ! Watch Video Online

Yankee: Best Public Gardens

May/June 2014

This 250-acre masterpiece is living proof that the coast can be a great place to garden, despite the wind and salt air. Staffers harness a truly rugged environment and demonstrate what can be done with ledge, hillside, woodland, and waterfront. Don’t miss the second-to-none chil­dren’s garden—universal fun for all ages. Read Online

Maine Today: 10 Easy Hikes Anyone Can Do

May 2014

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.
1 to 2 miles round-trip. Read Online

The Active Times: 30 Must-See U.S. Public Gardens

May 2014

Escape by the ocean and indulge in the beauty of this garden’s shorefront landscapes featuring extraordinary stonework, scenic waterfalls and of course, a wide range of eye-pleasing plants. Coastal Main is open year-round with something for everyone to enjoy during every season. Read Online


March 2014

Already one of the country’s most distinguished botanical destinations, CMBG is still a youngster after opening in 2007. New elements are added each year, and with trails and forests included in the layout, the non-profit is open year-round. Read Online

USA Today 10 Best: Reader's Choice

March 2014

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens seek to preserve and display the natural landscapes of the region on the 250-acre grounds on the shorefront of mid-coast Maine. Open year round (and free during the winter months), the gardens feature granite stone pathways winding amid rustic woodland, whimsical statuary and manicured and themed gardens, like the interactive Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. Read Online

ProFlowers: America's Best Botanical Gardens

January 2014

With 248 acres that include a mile of coastline, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is one of only a few waterfront botanical gardens in the United States. The grounds are filled with native plants, ornamental gardens, walking paths and wild spaces. Sculptures and outdoor art are featured prominently among the gardens, waterfront and woodland trails. Read Online