2017 Maine Garden Tours & Events
In Maine, summers are short, but spectacular, and garden tours are relaxing, but plentiful, so a level of planning is recommended in most cases. This list aims to help you with your summer plans and is meant to be both comprehensive and dynamic, so, please, bookmark this page, and check back often for updates.
What: 2017 Maine Flower Show sponsored by the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association featuring 16 display gardens and 100 exhibitors from across Maine.
When: March 29 – April 2, 2017 at Thompson’s Point, Portland, Maine
Details: General Admission $15 per day; seniors $8 on March 30 only; veterans $5 on March 31 only; more information and tickets www.maineflowershow.com
What: 2017 Fedco Tree Sale at the Fedco Tree Warehouse, 213 Hinckley Road, Clinton, Maine
When: Friday and Saturday, May 5 – 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Details: Downeast Magazine named the Fedco Tree Sale “Best Springtime Tradition” in 2015. Offered for sale: a huge assortment of fruit trees, ornamental trees and vines, shrubs and much more. Seeds and tubers also available at the warehouses at Bellsqueeze Rd. More information, www.fedcoseeds.com
What: Wildflower Celebration at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris, Maine
When: May 12 – 14, 2017
Details: Visit www.mclaughlingarden.org
What: Lilac Festival & 20th Anniversary Celebration at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris, Maine
When: May 26-29, 2017
Details: Visit www.mclaughlingarden.org
What: Sagadahoc Preservation Inc.’s 2017 House & Garden Tour is returning to Bath, Maine
When: June 17, 2017
Details: More soon at sagadahocpreservation.org
What: Our Neighbors’ Gardens annual garden tour sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Library, Rockland, Maine
When: June 24, 10 am to 2 pm
Details: Tickets $12 available now at library; $15 day of event
What: Visit 19th century poet Celia Thaxter’s island garden on Appledore Island off the Maine and New Hampshire coasts. The garden, restored and maintained by the Shoals Marine Laboratory, is opened to the public on a limited basis each summer.
When: June 29, 2017 – August 9, 2017 (8 dates available)
Details: Only 34 participants each date; tickets $100 for ferry trip and catered lunch; reservations required at shoalsmarinelaboratory.org
What: Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill annual garden tour sponsored by the Friends of the Eastern Promenade will feature a selection of private urban gardens within Portland’s charming seaside neighborhood. Tour begins at Fort Allen Park headquarters.
When: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm
Details: Tickets $15 available May 1st; $20 at door; more information, www.easternpromenade.org
What: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Open Garden Days in Seal Harbor, Maine
When: Thursdays, July 13, 2017 through early September
Details: This stunning private garden still owned by the Rockefeller family is open every Thursday from late July until early September, with morning and afternoon sessions each day. Reservations, which are absolutely required, open on June 1 and can be made at www.rockgardenmaine.com
What: 7th Annual Maine Home & Design Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour to benefit the Fort Williams Park Foundation featuring the new children’s garden and private gardens in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017 9 am to 4 pm
Details: Tickets and more information at www.fortwilliams.org or call 207-776-5002
What: Camden Garden Club’s 70th Annual Garden Tour featuring a number of gardens and properties that demonstrate why Camden is the “Jewel of the Maine Coast”
When: July 20, 2017, 9:30 am to 4 pm
Details: Tickets $35 on sale now at camdengardenclub.com or at various locations beginning June 15. Tickets $40 on day of garden tour.
What: Bar Harbor Garden Club’s biennial garden tour will feature six beautiful gardens in Somesville, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont
When: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Details: More ticket information coming soon at barharborgardenclub.com
What: 26th Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour is a self-guided tour of five spectacular gardens in Union, Appleton, and Alford Lake.
When: Sunday, July 26, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Details: Advance tickets $25 sold at various locations beginning in the spring; tickets $30 day of event. For more information, visit georgesriver.org
What: The Museums of Old York presents the 2017 Open Doors of York to benefit the Old York Historical Society. The tour this year will offer a rare glimpse into the homes and gardens of historic York Village
When: August 9 – 10, 2017
Details: More details on tickets coming soon at oldyork.org