Great Gardens

Maine has more green trees than any other state in the union, and probably more green thumbs too. As a result, there are dozens of magnificent gardens open to visitors in search of a place to commune with nature or enjoy a bit of peace, quiet and serenity. Perhaps most popular among them are the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens located on 250 acres in Boothbay Harbor.

The Botanical Gardens are a mix of mostly natural landscapes and ornamental gardens that are world-class. The Botanical Gardens are open to the public year-round, offering educational programs and special events such as art shows, dinners cooked with local ingredients by top chefs, and Gardens Aglow in the winter.

Many of Maine’s gardens are available as venues for a private party or special event such as a wedding. At TravelMaine we’ve developed a short list of recommended sites (see below). If gardens are your passion, ask your host for details about the inn’s grounds before making your reservations.

Recommended Garden Tours

Asticou Azalea Garden,
Northeast Harbor

Blaine House Gardens,
Governor’s Mansion, Augusta

Celia Thaxter’s Garden,
Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens,


Guild Victorian Garden at the Farnsworth Art Museum,

Hamilton House Grounds,
South Berwick

Historic Conway Homestead & Museum,

McLaughlin Garden,
South Paris

MerrySpring Nature Park,

St. Anthony’s Monastery Grounds & Garden,

Viles Arboretum,

Wadsworth Longfellow House,

Wild Gardens of Acadia,
Acadia National Park