New England's largest botanical garden is nestled in beautiful Boothbay, Maine, and is about to open its doors for the 16th time. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will open on May 1.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
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According to Mainebiz, you can expect some big changes. The Botanical Gardens President and CEO, Gretchen Ostherr, told Mainebiz,

We are currently in the middle of a twenty-year plan aimed at deepening our mission impact through world-class horticulture, education, plant science and conservation. The next couple of years will see considerable evolution in our teams and physical spaces, and this fall, you will see the beginning of the construction of the Horticulture and Plant Science Center.

What are some of the changes coming to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine?

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A newly renovated café is one major improvement. They have partnered with Newcastle-based Morning Dew Farm and Boothbay favorites Coastal Maine Popcorn Company and Betsy's Fancy Fudge. Don't worry, your favorite giant trolls will be back. Thomas Dambo's enormously popular interactive trolls were an addition a few years ago, and remain one of CMBG's most popular features.

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The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are almost 325 acres, making it the largest public garden in New England. If you only go for the incredible lights during the holidays (by all means, STILL do that!), you are missing out. See the gardens during the day when they open on May 1.

(Photo Credit: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Via Facebook)
(Photo Credit: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Via Facebook)
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They have two miles of hiking trails, 19 acres of ornamental and themed gardens, and sensory gardens. It constantly ranks as one of Maine's most popular tourist attractions, and for good reason.

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