Members Only Events

At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we consider members part of the family. It’s a reciprocal relationship, and members benefit, too, in so many ways! Beyond free admission, membership means access to the following exclusive events, tours, and programs carefully curated ONLY for members. Members experience more–add these events to your calendar and discover how MUCH more!

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May 19

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

May 26

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

May 26

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

June 2

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

June 4

Family Lady Slipper and Spring Wildflower Walk

Bring the family and join us as we walk the trails of the Gardens in search of the unique and mysterious pink lady slipper. We’ll discuss the fascinating biology and ecology of this delicate flower and talk about why the Gardens is lucky to be one of its protected homes. Participants will view these flowers’ complicated pollination process and stop to identify other wildflowers along the way.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Andy Brand

June 9

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

June 14

Fantastic Floral Arragements

We have been so lucky to have such beautiful flower arrangements over the years here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Largely behind these works of art? Diane Walden-Rapalyea—and she’s ready to take us through the gardens, gather flowers, and share her tips and tricks. A live arrangement demo follows.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Instructor: Diane Walden

June 16

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

June 16

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

June 23

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

June 23

Exploring the Ecosystems of the Trolls

Have you discovered the trolls' hidden treasure yet? This tour’s journey will take us through several different forest ecosystems, giving us the opportunity to get to know each one as we travel toward discovering just what the trolls have been protecting. Learn what keeps these ecosystems healthy and how you can help protect them so that everyone may enjoy the natural world for years to come! Expect a moderate hike along some of our trails and wear the appropriate footwear.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Sarah Callan

June 30

Member’s Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist & Wildlife Specialist, and Bridget VerVaet, Youth Programs Educator, for a morning tour before the Gardens opens to the public. Explore our wonderful bird population at the height of the spring migration season. Bring a sharp eye, but binoculars are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Instructor: Tyler Pascocello

July 7

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

July 7

Vertical Garden Creations

Come join Irene Barber, Adult Education Program Manager, as she puts together one of the wonderful vertical gardens on display in the Lerner Garden of Five Senses. Each garden is designed using locally sourced materials. After learning some of Irene’s favorite tricks, you’ll be ready to start your own vertical gardens by the end of the tour!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Instructor: Irene Barber

July 14

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

July 23

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

July 26

Pollinators & Honey

We have a special love of honeybees at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Sarah Callan, Interpretation & Exhibits Educator, and Emily Baisden, Entomologist Educator, will take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of our apiary to learn about the life of our bees and what it takes to care for them. After this look inside the hive, we'll take some time to enjoy the fruits--or honey--of their labor and sample some delicious honey both from our hives and around the world! Bring your sweet tooth and get ready to learn all about the types of honey and what factors influence color and flavor.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Sarah Callan

August 2

Art at the Garden

Art is essential in life! At the Gardens, we love to show off artists, both local and from afar. Join Vanessa Nesvig, Interpretation & Exhibits Program Manager, and Caroline Davis, Art & Exhibits Coordinator, to learn the stories behind the collections at the Gardens. We hear a troll or two might even be sighted!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Instructor: Vanessa Nesvig

August 4

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

August 11

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

August 20

Member Evening

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the whole of the Gardens to yourself? Members can come find out! From May through August, join us for any of our several Member Evenings at the Gardens, open 5-7:30 p.m., exclusively for our members. Enjoy these quiet, tranquil hours and relax with us here at the Gardens. Register early--space is limited!

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

August 25

Dazzling Dahlias

Explore the wide array of the season’s blooming dahlias! Join Courtney Locke on a tour of the Dahlia Garden. We’ll learn about the different groups and characteristics that make up this beautiful display. Courtney will also share some great tips and tricks for caring for your own dahlias at home.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Courtney Locke

September 13

Botanical Research at the Gardens

Join Spencer O’Bryan, CMBG’s Science and Collections Information Coordinator, as he takes us through our Herbarium and plant collection to discover more about two aspects of the Gardens’ mission—education and research. Spencer will show us the ins and outs of plant pressing and give us a tour of the pressed plant collection. This department’s latest project has been to catalog all of our plants—come learn about the importance of this ongoing research.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Spencer O’Bryan