Roots: The Other Half of the Story
Roots: The Other Half of the Story

Roots: The Other Half of the Story

The Interpretive Theme for 2019

At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we know that though much of the work of growing gardens happens below the surface, it’s no less powerful for going unseen. This year, we introduce our theme, Roots: The Other Half of the Story. Through innovative art exhibits, informative classes, entertaining programming, tours and more, you’ll find new ways to explore the unseen. Our season of exploration will be anchored in artist Steve Tobin’s monumental outdoor roots sculptures spread throughout the Gardens. Through the majesty of his work, Tobin’s metal castings of trees’ vast root systems will draw the eye toward both earth and sky.

Between June and September, stop by our Education Center to see National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson’s 14-foot-tall photographs showcasing the infinite complexity of grass roots, or catch his talk, “Feeding a Hungry Planet,” at our Ninth Annual Ina and Lewis Heafitz Lecture on August 29. Browse our course offerings for countless ways to get closer to your roots this coming year. At the Gardens, there is always something inspiring in the works, something quietly extraordinary waiting to be discovered. Come marvel at the magic above and below the surface.