Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Since opening in 2007 with 128 acres and 3,600 feet of tidal shorefront, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has grown to a whopping 295 acres. Equal parts masterful and magical, the gardens comprise formal plantings and themed gardens, woodland and shoreline walks, waterfalls, and oceanfront, with artwork and delightful surprises throughout. The children’s garden immerses visitors in Maine-related children’s literature, such as Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius and Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal. There’s even an accessible tree house, and fairy villages await in the woodlands; at the dock it’s possible to rent kayaks or join a boat tour. During the winter holidays, Gardens Aglow is a visual treat here thanks to some 360,000 LEDs.
Pond at Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
As a garden and park enthusiast I was totally in awe of the “sights, scents and sounds” that make up the 248 acres of the Gardens, a paradise along Maine’s beautiful coast.