The Interpretive Theme for 2020

Mud flats, sand flats, salt marshes, tidal freshwater wetlands, floodplains, ponds, reefs, vernal pools, muskegs, sedge meadows, bogs, peatlands, shrub swamps, fens, and seeps—while what we call them depends on soil, topography, climate, water chemistry, and vegetation, wetlands are universally defined by transition. They are the link between land and water, hosts to complex relationships that encompass everything from the base of the food web to the recycling of nutrients. Found from tundra to tropics and on every continent, wetlands are the link between the worlds of land and water.

Rich with biodiversity, sustaining an enormous number of plant and animal species, improving water quality, reducing erosion and flooding, even moderating the effects of climate change, these landscapes are integral to all life. Recreation-wise, they’re wonderful places for birding, to observe changing seasons, paddle, and hike.

Maine is lucky enough to feature any number of wetlands—the Gardens alone hosts over 250—which is why we’re dedicating an entire year to their exploration. Come join us at the Gardens this year to discover Wicked Wetland Wonders.