Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden
, ME (207)276-3330
Asticou Azalea Garden
This magnificent unforgetable private garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand
for Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, requires reservations.
Harbor and Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, Mt. Desert Island
, ME 04662.
Bartlett Maine Estate Winery Gardens
2.3 acre garden, created by a self-taught landscape designer and owner of the
Asticou Inn to preserve for Mt. Desert Island the plants from the Beatrix
Farrand estate, displays over 20 varieties of azaleas in a setting that includes
a stream, an iris-bordered pond and a Japanese meditation garden.
Off Route 1, Box 598, Gouldsboro
, ME 04607 (207)546-2408.
Farrand Garden at College of the Atlantic
- This winery, creating
wines from regional fruits such as pears, apples, blueberries and raspberries,
also features gardens.
: Near Kaelber Hall, Route 3,
, ME 04609(207)288-5015.
Blaine House Gardens
- A garden with a view of Frenchman's Bay has been
recreated from a rose garden designed by Beatrix Farrand. Completed in 1929, the
now restored garden features a geometric parterre and a border of trees and
Governor's Mansion, Corner of State and Capitol Streets, Augusta
- This garden at the Governor's Mansion was designed in 1920 and
has recently been completed.
: Main Street, Castine
, ME 04421 (207)326-4365.
- An operating inn. This
operating inn features lovely gardens, including a rose crescent.
: Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals
, ME 03908 (607)255-3717 (Shoals
Christina's Garden at the Olson House
- This 19th century colorful cottage garden has been recreated
using Celia Thaxter's book, an Island Garden, and its Childe Hassam
: Hathorn Point Road,
- The Olson house is pictured in Andrew Wyeth's famous painting
: Barters Island Road, P.O. Box 234, Boothbay
, ME 04537
- Spectacular shoreline on a tidal river and a beautiful, bold landscape create this
unique place of beauty. Located on 270 acres, the Garden includes a sensory garden, children’s garden,
rhododendron garden, meditation garden, miles of woodland trails, and even a dock for water access.
Colonel Black Mansion Formal Gardens
: Route 172 (Surry Road),
- The 300 acre former estate features a white pillared brick
mansion and formal gardens nestled between the house and the carriage barn.
Planted in 1903, the gardens were restored in the 1920s and 1930s with the
assistance of Beatrix Farrand. A clipped lilac hedge encloses the tea lawn and
Route 2 and Annis Road, Hermon
, ME (207)848-3485.
Gardens of Vesper Hill-Children's Chapel:
- Ecotat, located on 91 acres,
features 55 gardens, 280 varieties of trees, 1500 varieties of perennials, and
abundant birds and wildlife.
Calderwood Lane, Rockport
Garden at the Farnsworth Art Museum
- This open air chapel with a spectacular view of
Penobscot Bay is surrounded by lawns and formal gardens.
: 19 Elm Street, Rockland
, ME 04841
Hamilton House Grounds
- The Farnsworth Homestead, with its Greek Revival exterior and
lavish high Victorian interior, features a Victorian Garden.
40 Vaughan's Lane, South Berwick
, ME 03908 (207)384-2454.
- The 1787 Hamilton
House 33 acres of grounds overlook the Salmon Falls River and include remnants
of an early 20th-century garden, now renovated.
Harraseeket Inn Gardens
: 162 Main
, ME (207)865-9377 or (800)342-6423.
Historic Conway Homestead and
- Perennial gardens ornament
the grounds of this operating inn.
: Route 1 and Conway Road, Camden
, ME (207)236-2257.
E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden and Research Center
- The Camden
Garden Club landscaped the grounds of this 1770 house with native plant
materials common in New England before 1860. The farmstead buildings surround an
historic herb garden.
: University of
Maine, 5772 Deering Hall, Orono
, ME 04469-5722 (207)581-2948.
- This 6.5 hectare
facility houses a research center and the Littlefield Garden. The Garden
displays over 2,500 woody and herbaceous plants with special collections of
crabapples (210 varieties), lilacs (180 varieties), rhododendrons (150
varieties), and magnolias (35 varieties). The garden has been renovated over the
past 10 years.
: RR 1, Box 295, Fredericks Rd., Strong
, ME 04983 (207)684-3400.
Marrett House Garden
two acre privately-owned but generously shared cottage-style garden features
Zone 4 perennials and shrubs that survive (and thrive) in -30 degree winter
temperatures. This "Garden of Survivors" is arranged in islands, borders,
courtyard, and naturalistic settings extending from the house, throughout an old
apple orchard, to the forest's edge.
Route 25, Standish
, ME 04084 (207)642-3032.
- An extensive perennial garden
created by the Marrett sisters in the 1920s and 1930s has been restored at this
97 Main Street, P.O. Box 16, South Paris
, ME 04281 (207)743-8820.
Merryspring Nature Park
- A sixty
year labor of love by the "Dean of Maine Gardeners", this Garden features
collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga,
sempervivums and over 200 lilacs, as well as Maine wildflowers and ferns. The
setting is a century old farmstead with massive stone walls and a barn.
Park, end of Conway Rd. (off U.S. Hwy. 1), P.O. Box 893,
, ME 04843,
Nickels-Sortwell House Gardens and Sunken Garden
- This 66 acre nature preserve features indigenous plants in herb,
lily, hosta, Bird and Bees/Winter Color, rose and perennial gardens, as well as
fields of wildflowers, the 10 acre Kitty Todd Arboretum, and walkways and
: Main Street,
- The grounds this historic home, landscaped in 1926 with period gardens, are
being restored. The
was created by Frances Sortwell on the foundation of a burned house.
Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville
, ME 04901 (207)872-3000.
after a professor who was so enthusiastic he would sprint to the outdoor
classroom, leaving students gasping behind, the Arboretum is a designated
national wildlife refuge.
: 153 Hospital Street, P.O. Box 344, Augusta
, ME 04332-0344
Roger Clapp Greenhouse
- his 224 acre Arboretum displays over 200 labeled species of
trees and shrubs with special plantings of Hosta, Azaleas and Rhododendrons,
Lilacs, Green Ash, Urban & Community Forests, the Governor's Grove White Pine,
an Antique Maine Apple Orchard, "Space Trees" (from seed that traveled on the
Space Shuttle), and a Rock Garden.
: University of Maine, Orono
- This 10,000 square
foot glass greenhouse maintains a permanent teaching collection of over 200
species of tropical and desert plant species from throughout the world,
including a extensive collection of cacti and succulents.
University of Maine Research Farm, Bennoch Rd., Stillwater
, ME 04468 (207)
942-7396 or (800) 287-1485 (in Maine).
The Rose Circle,
Deering Oaks Park
- The 1 acre Master Gardener Demonstration
Garden includes extensive plantings of annual flowers, vegetables and herbs as
well as special plantings such as the Blooms of Bressingham (English
perennials), Proven Winners, an All-America Selections Display Garden, trial
gardens of geraniums and impatiens, a white garden, a children's garden, a small
fruits garden and a perennial border.
State Street, Portland
, ME (207)874-8793.
Monastery Grounds and Gardens
- This 51 acre city park includes an
award-winning rose garden with more than 600 species of roses.
: Beach Ave., Kennebunkport
, ME (207)967-2011.
(Gardens at)Shady Glen Nursery
- This former estate with an elegant Tudor House, purchased by Lithuanian
Franciscans, features an English park ornamented with gardens and shrines.
; 251 Main Street,
, ME 04032 (207)423-5092
The Stone House
This retail nursery showcases extensive shade gardens beneath the pines, a sunny English style border, an extensive iris
collection, hosta garden, lily bed, ornamental grass garden, an arid garden, vegetable gardens and a formal garden with
production beds. The gardens feature hard to find and some rare perennials, Japanese imports, including unusual
Jack-in-the pulpits, primrose, and much more.
642 Wolfe's Neck Road, Freeport
, Maine 04032 (207)780-5961.
- The Wolfe's Neck
Botanical Society maintains the flower beds and Stone House gardens in this
former estate, how a University of Southern Maine conference center and
demonstration center for organic gardening.
: 500 N. Parish Road,
, ME 04282 (207)212-9256.
Thuya Lodge and Gardens
Adjoining a 1800's farmhouse, this public garden and perennial nursery
showcases extensive English style display gardens including the Front
Border, the Banking Garden, the Grey Garden, the Sedum Garden, the
Eyeball Garden, the Weeping Cherry Tree Garden, the Sumac Garden, the
Fence Border, the White Garden, the Pink Garden, the Fairy Garden, the
Stream Garden the Big Plant Garden, and the Blue Bottle Garden. Call to
arrange for English tea and scones with jam and chantilly cream.
Asticous Azalea Garden
: Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island
, ME 04662
- This 1.5 acre garden, also having received plants from Beatrix
Farrand's estate (see Asticou Azalea Garden above), is arranged as two long,
color arranged, perennial borders surrounded by woodland. 110 varieties are
displayed over the 128 foot length.
: 153 Hospital Street,
, ME 04535 (207)626-7989.
Wadsworth Longfellow House
This 224 acre arboretum with a history of farming use as occupational therapy and healthy exercise for patients of a state hospital, began
its transformation to an arboretum by the Maine Forest Service in 1981. Its mission now is to provide opportunities for education, recreation, and inspiration
through nature, interpretive materials, exhibits, programs and events, and a trail system designed for people of all ages. 20 botanical collections including the largest hosta collection in Maine,
six miles of trails, and largest public display of art sculpture in Maine.
Features include the Community Forestry Collection, the
Conifer Collection, the Chestnut Collection, The Governors' Grove, the DAR Collection, the Lilac Collection, Native Plant Colleciton, a
Rock Garden and a Hosta Garden. The Arboretum is open sun-up to sun-down and there is no admission fee.
: 485 Congress Street, Portland
, ME 04101
- Headquarters of the Center for Maine History, this historic home
was the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The grounds include the
Colonial Revival Longfellow Garden.
Wild Gardens of
: Sieur de Monts Spring, Park Loop Road, P.O. Box 177,
, ME 04609 (207)288-3338.
- The 3/4 acre Wild Gardens of Acadia has
more than 300 plants indigenous to the area’s forests, mountains and shores
labeled and grouped in thirteen sections: Mixed Woods, Roadside, Meadow,
Mountain, Heath, Beach, Brookside/Damp Thicket, Bird Thicket, Coniferous Woods,
Bog, Marsh and Pond, and Azalea Garden.