Groups love Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and we invite your group to experience our 248-acre property and all it has to offer. You can enjoy a day full of fun, beauty, and learning here at the Gardens.
Whether your group is interested in taking an educational and inspirational field trip, you’d like to offer your staff or board members the benefits of an off-site retreat, or you just want to relax in a beautiful setting with friends, the Gardens provides the ultimate group getaway. Teachers will find that the Gardens has exceptional resources for use in their classrooms and during student visits; these opportunites are detailed on the Student Groups & Teachers page.
Groups of 10 or more receive a special general admission rate of $11 per adult or senior, with complimentary admission for one bus driver and one group leader. Children receive a discounted admission rate of $5 per child (ages 3-17). This rate is only available with a single payment for the entire group by check, cash, or credit card.
Groups can schedule in advance a guided tour with a trained docent that explores our Central Gardens and even out into further-reaching areas of our property. The fees for these tours are $50 for one docent; each additional docent is $25 each. Please note: We find that the best visitor experience occurs when there is at least one docent for every 20 people in a group.
The Short Tour (1 hour) covers the main campus and includes the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, Slater Forest Pond, Cleaver Event Lawn & Garden, the Great Lawn & Ledge Garden and the Rose & Perennial Garden. The tour ends at the Bibby & Harold Alfond Children’s Garden with an introduction to this exciting garden and an invitation to explore it independently, as well as an introduction to the Bosarge Family Education Center a short walk away and an invitation to visit there.
The Long Tour (2 hours) covers the “Short Tour” to the Rose & Perennial Garden, where the tour proceeds down the Haney Hillside Garden to the Vayo Meditation Garden and along the Shoreland Trail to the Giles Rhododendron & Perennial Garden, ending with a walk up the Birch Alleé to the Bibby & Harold Alfond Children’s Garden, with an introduction to this garden and an invitation to explore it independently, as well as an introduction to the Bosarge Family Education Center and an invitation to visit there.
After members of your group explore the beautiful gardens and admire the stonework and water features outside, they can come in to our welcoming Visitor Center, where the Kitchen Garden Café and Gift Shop (both open seasonally) and changing art exhibits will captivate them. The Visitor Center and the Central Gardens surrounding it are fully accessible for the disabled.
Lunches are available for groups that want to stay on the grounds to enjoy a meal made from Maine products and herbs, fruits, and vegetables – many harvested from the Burpee Kitchen Garden outside the Kitchen Garden Café’s doors. Groups wishing to enjoy lunch at the Gardens are asked to make reservations and payment a minimum of two weeks prior to the visit. Check out our Group Tour Lunch Options.
To make reservations, please contact us at 207-633-4333, ext. 155.