The 270 acre tidal shoreline park was the largest botanical garden in New England and the only botanical garden in Maine. It had display gardens, shore land trails, wild woodlands, 50 sculptures on exhibit (and rotating art exhibits inside the Bosarge Family Education Center), and educational programming. We liked the cleverly organized design of the attraction itself, its interactive features like the fairy garden, varied plant life, water views and separate garden sections. We especially appreciated the serenity of the contemplative garden.
It was evident the management and staff dedicated much thought and effort to the layout and maintenance of the Gardens. It was a pleasant place to spend time enjoying and admiring nature. We would gladly return should we be in the Portland or Boothbay area of Maine again.
Do They Welcome Children? Yes
Established In 2007
Handicapped Access The central gardens were accessible to wheelchairs and shuttle service was available to the outlying areas of the Gardens. The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses was designed “for people of all abilities.”
Location It was 55 miles from Portland.
Number Of Employees There were 30 full time employees
Owned-Managed It was a nonprofit organization. The executive director was Bill Cullina.
Size The 270 acre property, housing a single story visitor center and a two story education building, welcomed 105,000 visitors per year.
Transportation We walked to most of the gardens and trails. Toward the end, when time was scarce for us we caught a ride on one of the complimentary shuttles back to the entrance on our way out.