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McLaughlin Garden's Wildflower Celebration
McLaughlin Garden's Wildflower Celebration

National Public Gardens Day is Friday, May 11, serving as the kick-off to the McLaughlin Garden Wildflower Celebration. Special events will take place in addition to the opening of the garden's annual plant sale. Horticulturist Kristin Perry and trained volunteers will lead tours in the garden and teach visitors about the flowers and how to grow them. A scavenger hunt will allow families to enjoy tracking down items in the garden. A special exhibit from the New England Wildflower Society will be on display throughout the month.

10 am to 4 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 11, 12, & 13

McLaughlin Garden, 97 Main Street, South Paris, ME

Schedule a photographic session with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the garden. Contact Emily Delamater at 207-615-9069.



In 1936 Bernard McLaughlin began planting what would become one of Maine's most beloved gardens. A century-old Maine farmstead with massive stone walls and huge barn provided a unique background for his sophisticated collection of trees, woody shrubs, and perennials. Bernard welcomed visitors to the garden, creating a true mecca for garden enthusiasts. With no formal horticultural training, tending the garden single-handedly for most his life, he became known as the "Dean of Maine Gardeners." Bernard McLaughlin died at age 98 in 1995.

Now over seventy years old, the landmark two-acre garden is under the stewardship of a nonprofit organization formed to preserve the historic home, barn and garden for the public.

The formal garden features mature collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, and over 200 lilacs beneath a canopy of mature deciduous and coniferous trees. A diverse collection of Maine wildflowers and ferns border an old lane which rises up a wooded hill behind the barn.

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