The Garden Spotter

2017 Maine Garden Tours & Events

Maine Garden Tour 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.

March

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

May

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

June

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

July

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

 August

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

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