Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
A master plan for the Coastal Maine Botanic Garden was developed with stakeholders during a week long workshop, and implemented with subsequent design efforts. The plan concentrates on designing the central four-acre campus, which contains the Education and Visitor Center building and surrounding display gardens. The gardens reflect Maine’s unique character and strive to highlight the site’s extraordinary natural features, which include rock ledges, water views and large mature trees. Most significant will be the Hillside Garden, Garden of the Five Senses, Rose Garden and Great Lawn plantings, which become distinctive centerpieces that celebrate coastal Maine’s botanical heritage, i.e., native plants as well as plants that are associated with Maine’s cultural and economic traditions. Water features are integrated into all of the gardens and emphasize Maine’s inlets and waterways, with an emphasis on interaction with water and family friendly features, due to the tourism demographic that the garden captures.