Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME, USA
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Boothbay Reviews
Garden Delight Oct 25, 2010
An unknown gem in Maine is the splendid Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens outside of Boothbay. The undeserved low profile can probably be attributed to its fledgling status: the Gardens only opened to the public in 2007. To underscore how expansive and detailed the grounds are, it needs to be noted the first areas were planted in 2001…they worked over six years getting things ready before they opened their doors!
You should set aside at least half a full day to explore this magnificent site, which encompasses 248 acres of choice natural grounds, including 3,600 feet of shore frontage on the Back River. I will try to provide a brief overview of the many facets of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, though you probably already know there is plenty to explore from the size of the grounds and the time invested to develop it.
The starting point for your natural adventure is the elegant Visitor’s Center, where you pay your admission fee (seems a tad expensive, but you will be rewarded!). Designed to resemble a Maine cottage, the Center towers over its siblings with a 9,500 square-foot footprint, including a gift shop, café and space for educational displays. Immediately surrounding the Visitor’s Center are seven garden areas, each inviting and magnificently presented. Since my visit was at the end of October (in Maine!), several gardens didn’t have much to offer. Using the pictures I snapped, I will walk you through the two that I did spend some time visiting, and take you down a few of the many trails as well.
Due to the size of the Botanical Gardens, there are several miles of trails you can stroll along. Even though one of the trails I took was labeled as steep and difficult, there wasn’t anything challenging and even young children should be able to tackle them all. The tidal river frontage is the true jewel of the grounds, and walking along the Shoreland Trail and Huckleberry Cove Trail charmed me with every step.
I can only imagine how wondrous a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens would be in the summer time and I heartily recommend scooting down to Boothbay and marveling in this natural beauty!
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