Continuing with my list of recommended gardens to visit for great ideas to add to your own landscaping design and projects, today I’m highlighting Maine.
- Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary, Springvale, ME This gently undulating, 30-acre tract has at least 39 species of wildflowers and a 5.3-acre stand of Great Laurel (Rhododendron maximum), a very rare species in Maine. The site borders a red maple swamp and wet meadow, and is listed on the Maine State Register as a Critical Area.
- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Boothbay, ME 250 Acres At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, you’ll discover stunning ornamental gardens and exceptional natural beauty, waterfalls, and incomparable stonework and sculpture. Miles of trails allow you to experience waterfront and woodlands that are quintessentially Maine
- Ecotat Gardens & Arboretum Hermon, ME The acreage is home to over 60 gardens containing 280 varieties of trees, over 1500 varieties of perennials, and an abundance of animals, birds and insects.Visitors can enjoy tours of the gardens during the growing season, hikes through fall foliage or cross country ski on trails during the winter. The Mary Blethen Memorial Library, established by the Bangor Nature Club, is open three days a week in season.
- Viles Arboretum Augusta, ME Our tree collections include native and non-native hardwoods, softwoods, nut trees, fruit trees plus a variety of woody shrubs and several different forest habitats. Our plant exhibits include Maine’s premier Hosta collection and an outstanding rock garden. Wetlands, several ponds, vernal pools, and acres of grasslands make up the natural landscapes of this outstanding facility.
- Robert P. Tristram Coffin Wild Flower Reservation, Woolwich, ME
Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up this 177-acre sanctuary, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay. Over 100 wildflower species–including pink lady’s slipper, yellow violet and white baneberry–grow on the site, which is located along a migratory flyway for water fowl. Other features of interest include a lovely cobbled cove, hemlock stands, and a swamp.