Take a moment to wander along a garden path. Inhale the intoxicating scent of peonies and roses while marveling at the beauty of nature in all its glory. Experience the colors and fragrant wonder of the largest collection of lilacs in all of New England.
We invite you to visit these fabulous historic gardens within Maine’s Lakes and Mountains.
The McLaughlin Foundation Garden & Horticultural Center
97 Main St., South Paris
The landmark 2-acre garden features collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, and more, including over 200 lilacs (the largest collection in New England) beneath a canopy of mature deciduous and coniferous trees. A diverse collection of Maine wildflowers and ferns borders an old lane that rises up behind a classic New England barn. The 1840s farmstead and arboretum begun in 1936 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Norlands Living History Center
290 Norlands Rd., Livermore
For an immersion in historic life, visit the 445acres of woodlands and working farm and gardens, as well as the museum of the 19th-century Washburn family. Experience life in the 18th- and 19th centuries. Explore a one-room schoolhouse, church, Victorian country mansion and granite library. Open for tours by appointment. Also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Route 25, Standish
1700s museum house with extensive perennial garden laid out in the 1920s and 1930s. Also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Obtain a copy of the Maine Garden and Landscape Trail map by calling 1-800-782-6497 or by picking up a copy at local chambers and visitor information centers.