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5 Beautiful Gardens to Visit in Maine

From flowering roses and scented azaleas to moss-lined walkways and sun-filled days, are just some of the seasonal sites that can be enjoyed during the spring in Maine. Enjoy the best of this time of year with a walk through one of the beautiful gardens to visit in Maine and discover some of the most colorful beauty hidden throughout the state.

  1. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Located 15 miles south of Newcastle Inn, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is Maine’s premier outdoor botanical garden. As one of the biggest gardens to visit in Maine, the grounds are home to more than 35,000 budding bulbs. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Visitors will enjoy shoreline hiking trails and 14 acres of gardens, including a meditation garden and rose arbors.

  1. Thuya Gardens

Located on Mount Desert Island, the Thuya Gardens are set on a commanding granite hillside with beautiful views and an English-style garden with more than 100 flowering varieties. Main highlights include the English-style garden planted with colorful perennials and annuals, a reflecting pool, an open teahouse, and ample opportunities to see monarch butterflies and hummingbirds.

  1. Merryspring Nature Center

Discover colorful gardens, wildlife, birdwatching, and more at the Merryspring Nature Center. Located in Camden, this 66-acre, free-to-the-public garden offers visitors more than just colorful flowers and lush plant life to experience. Onlookers can enjoy numerous hiking trails, a rose cottage, an American chestnut breeding orchard, and an arboretum for wildlife sighting.

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Merryspring Nature Center, photo by maineherbalistgathering

  1. McLaughlin Garden

A true Maine treasure, the McLaughlin Garden is a formal garden with historic home and barn located in South Paris, ME. The original owner, Bernard McLaughlin started the garden back in 1936, adding to it year after year, before his passing in 1995. Set against a unique backdrop of a massive stone wall and large barn the garden consists of a mature collection of hostas, daylilies, iris, and over 200 lilacs this picturesque garden is one not to miss.

  1. Rose Circle at Deering Oaks Park

Not originally planned as a rose garden, Deering Oaks Park’s superintendent later transformed the original display into the now-beloved Rose Circle. The Rose Circle is one of 134 public rose gardens in the United States that the American Rose Society allows previewing of its “All American Rose Selections.” With three new rose varieties planted each year in Portland, Maine’s Rose Circle, rose lovers can view not-yet-on-the-market roses during their visit.

Stay at Newcastle Inn

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With many gardens to visit in Maine, make one of your stops during your Maine vacation a stay at Newcastle Inn. Relax and rejuvenate at our quiet and quaint bed and breakfast located in the beautiful Damariscotta region of coastal Maine. Located on the Damariscotta River, guests of Newcastle Inn can enjoy a peaceful retreat and comfortable stay in one of our inviting rooms, a warm breakfast, and welcoming hospitality. We look forward to having you!

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