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. If you’d like to submit an event, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 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
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
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
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: 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
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: 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
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.
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
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: 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 email@example.com
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
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
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
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
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