Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is, from Rte. 1, 9.3 mi. s. on SR 27, .25 mi. w. on Corey Ln., then 1 mi. w. on Barters Island Rd. to 132 Botanical Gardens Dr. The 270-acre botanical garden contains some 91,000 plants representing more than 1,430 species. Waterfalls, sculptures and stonework are featured, and 2 miles of trails are in waterfront and woodland settings.
Water-spraying whale sculptures welcome visitors to the 2-acre Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden, which celebrates the works of E.B. White, Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney and other children's authors with ties to the state. Kids can listen to a storyteller, curl up with a good book in the Story Barn, explore a tree house, maneuver their way through a maze and sit in a rowboat.
In the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses visitors stimulate their bodies and minds by walking barefoot on a stone labyrinth, admiring and smelling blooming lavender, sampling fresh herbs, touching a fuzzy lamb's ear leaf and trying out a “sound stone.”
Little ones will have a ball designing and constructing homes for imaginary forest dwellers in Fairy House Village. Sustainability is the theme of the LEED-certified Bosarge Family Education Center. Other must-sees include the Rhododendron, Rose, Kitchen, Hillside, Meditation and Forest Pond gardens. The site hosts workshops, art shows, concerts and events throughout the year.