CMBG at Home
To our Gardens family,
Due to COVID-19 and out of concern for the safety of our community, the Gardens will continue to remain closed until at least May 31 as we work in accordance with Governor Janet Mills’ four-stage plan for restarting Maine’s economy. Until we can, to borrow Mills’ words, “reopen at the right time in the right way,” our horticulture and facilities staff continue to prepare our gardens, front-of-house and behind the scenes. Changes and cancellations for specific educational programs can be found here on our website.
As always, we remain committed to our mission to connect people to nature – and it is only through the support of our members and donors that we will maintain the funds to continue creating the gardens, programming, and educational initiatives that bring us all such peace and inspiration.
Explore new ways to connect to the Gardens below, in Bring the Gardens Home.
Be well, and we look forward to seeing you back at the Gardens.
Bring the Gardens Home
During difficult times, we know it’s more important than ever to create meaningful connections between people, plants, and nature. We invite you to stay connected with the Gardens, whether through our social media channels, new online printables and backgrounds, or through courses that have been switched to an online offering.
For Kids & Families
With the kids at home, we’ve been coming up with ways to keep them learning, exploring and discovering. Getting outside and connected to nature is an important part of wellness and development, and we’re here to help! Stay tuned as we develop and launch online resources and printable Garden With Us activity sheets for you and your family to do together. Also, connect with our Facebook Group, CMBG for Families, where we will be leading activities and discussions as well as sharing special, virtual behind-the-scenes investigations of garden areas.
Garden With Us Printables
1. Plan a Spring Garden, Start a “Root Top” Garden, Create A Root Vue Box, & Become A Plant Scientist Experiment 1
2. Botani-Craft a Bouquet, Become a Plant Scientist Experiments 2-4
3. Seed Starting & Making Seed Tape
4. Grow a Sweet Potato Plant, Seed Pod Printed Ornaments, & Make a Grass Head
Your Computer, Our Gardens
Finding yourself on Zoom a lot these days? We’re offering up some beautiful scenes from our gardens to be used as Virtual Backgrounds during your Zoom video meetings. (For help getting your Zoom account set up for using Virtual Backgrounds, visit their website.)
These also make great desktop backgrounds for computers with a 16:9 aspect ratio, or 1920×1080.