The Pine Tree State’s distinctive shoreline features miles of rugged, rock-edged peninsulas marked by towering conifers and tide-chiseled coves. Amidst this unique landscape lies a beautiful surprise: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
In the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses (pictured above)—one of many lush surprises on the grounds of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens—visitors experience the botanical landscape beyond its initial appearance. Flowers impart an ambrosial blend of fragrances, foliage offers various textures for fingertips to explore, and gently flowing water creates a soothing serenade.
Above, peach-hued daylilies and golden yarrow spill over one of many walkways meandering through the nearly three hundred acres of breathtaking property.
A vine-covered arbor, above, creates a shady retreat in the Perennial and Rose Garden. The gardens, located about an hour’s drive from Portland in the town of Boothbay, welcomes visitors May 1 through October 31.
One of the garden sheds in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden, above, features a grass-covered roof and a fence made of whimsical cat-shaped pickets. Pint-sized horticulturists are treated to a variety of events, such as story time and puppet shows.
In midsummer, the gardens burst with color, when hydrangeas (pictured above) make their appearance.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Kate Sears
To discover more impressionistic beauty, see “Wonders among the Stones” on page 19 of the Flowers & Gardens 2017 issue of Victoria Classics.