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. If you’d like to submit an event, please send the information to thegardenspotter@gmail.com.

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

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What: Wildflower Celebration at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, 97 Main St., South Paris, Maine

When: May 12 – 14, 2017

Details: Visit www.mclaughlingarden.org

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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

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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

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What: Raymond Garden Tour is a tour of eight private gardens, where garden designers will be standing by to answer questions about their creative processes.  All proceeds to benefit Raymond Village Library.

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Details: Tickets $15 in advance; $20 day of event; tickets available at Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, where tour begins; tickets also available at raymondvillagelibrary.org

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What:  Island Garden Tour 2017 in Deer Isle, sponsored by the Evergreen Garden Club, will feature five remarkable gardens on the Reach Road.

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Details: Tickets $18; follow signs on Rt. 15 to location where you will be able to purchase tickets and receive a brochure and map

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What: Belfast Open Garden Days, featuring a different open garden each week

When:  Fridays, June through August, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine

Details:  Admission $5 at each garden or $30 for a season ticket. Tickets can be purchased at belfastgardenclub.org, where you can also find a list of the gardens that will be open this summer

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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

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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

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What: Avena Botanicals Herb Walks in Rockport led by owner and well known herbalist Deb Soule

When: Now through August 12, Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Details:$5 admission; visit avenabotanicals.com for more information, or call 207-594-0694

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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

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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 16, 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

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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 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: Tickets $35 on sale now at camdengardenclub.com or at various locations beginning June 15. Tickets $40 on day of garden tour.

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What: Boothbay Region Garden Club’s 2017 Home & Garden Tour “The Sea Around Us” featuring homes and gardens, new and old. Proceeds benefit BRGC’s scholarship and campership programs.

When: July 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Details: $30 in advance; $35 day of event; tickets available at Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce or by calling Irene Gerny at 207-633-5052 or Pat McMurry 207-633-7404

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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

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What:  Limerick Garden Tour will feature some of Limerick’s hidden gardens, with all proceeds benefiting the Limerick Public Library

When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Details: For more information, call Nature’s Way Greenery @ 207-793-6672, stop in at 95 Central Ave. in Limerick, or email natureswaygreenery@fairpoint.net

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What: Open Farm Day 2017 featuring more than 60 farms across the state of Maine. Many will have demonstrations and rides for the kids.

When: Sunday, July 23, 2017 from approximately 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Hours vary from farm to farm.)

Details: For a list of participating farms visit www.maine.gov

 August

What: Avant Gardens in West Gardener is an experiment in retirement homesteading. Tour the garden as part of a new series sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and meet owners Adam and June, who grow almost all their own food on the two-acre property.

When: August 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Details: Donation appreciated at entrance, 751 High Street, West Gardener

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What: Full Moon Fairy Garden Walk at Avena Botanicals in Rockport

When: August 7, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Details: $15 per person; $35 per family; a magical evening in the garden hosted by owner/herbalist Deb Soule, children encouraged to dress in costume. For more information, visit www.avenabotanicals.com SOLD OUT

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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

September

What: The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine

When: September 22, 23, and 24, 2017; 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday

Details: Find complete information at www.mofga.org

 

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