Wednesday, August 17, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and More


Enjoy the glories of two coastal Maine gardens – one a renowned Botanical Garden and the other a stunning private garden on the coast nearby. On Wednesday, August 17, from 9 – 3, Plant and Garden Curator Bill Cullina welcomes New England Wild Flower Society members and friends to the magnificent Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, officially opened in 2007, but already making a name for itself nationally with the newly installed two-acre Children’s Garden, the Garden of the Five Senses, multiple ornamental displays, an area of native Maine plantings, fairy villages, waterfalls — all surrounded by exceptional natural beauty and incomparable stonework and sculpture. After an orientation from Bill, you tour the Gardens with a docent and then enjoy lunch at the Kitchen Garden Café.

After lunch and time to explore on your own, you drive a short distance along the coast to Frogs Leap, where owner Ellie Freeman shares her exuberant plantings inspired by art and literature, creating a wonderful expression of horticultural form and color. The garden includes a blend of classic Maine perennials with modern varieties and native plants. A human-sized frog sculpture contemplates a water garden where real frogs bask on lily pads. We explore this rocky coastal site, now transformed with a hillside stroll garden, game lawn, vegetable and cutting garden, chess lawn, lily pond, moss walk, dry-stone Asian-style contemplative garden, and 150-foot long borders ablaze with late summer bloom.

Cost: $89 (includes cost of tour and lunch) (Member) / $104 (Non-Member. Register at www.newfs.org.