Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens' Gardens Aglow is back with new community offerings

Wed, 10/18/2023 - 8:45am

    From Nov. 18 to Dec. 31, 2023, our annual light show returns for its 9th season. This year, we have new community opportunities that we're excited to share. 

    Gardens Aglow Community Night  

    On Nov. 17, all Boothbay region residents are invited to enjoy Gardens Aglow for free from 4 to 9 p.m. Carpooling is encouraged. We'll have hot food and drinks available for purchase. A valid ID that demonstrates residency in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb or Southport is required. No advanced registration is needed.  

    Gardens Aglow Community Night for Non-Profits & Businesses 

    This year, on Community Night, the Gardens welcomes local organizations to set up information tables in our new Culinary Center. If you are interested in promoting your business, fundraising for your non-profit, or sharing with the community about your work, we would love you to be involved! Note—non-profits may fundraise at this event, and groups may choose to give away promotional items, but this is not a retail space for businesses. Email Michaela at to sign up. The extended deadline is Oct. 31. 

    Gardens Aglow Community Partner Program 

    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is happy to launch our Gardens Aglow Community Partner program. This partnership provides mutual marketing alignment during the busy festive season. In return for your philanthropic investment of $250, you will receive the following great benefits:  

    • Listing as a Community Partner on our Gardens Aglow webpage (500,000+ impressions)  
    • Listing as a Community Partner on our Culinary Center digital signage (120,000+ impressions)  
    • Inclusion in our Community Partner social post (150,000+ impressions) 
      The post includes logo and tagged social account 

    Email Betsy at to sign up. The extended deadline is Oct. 31. 

    Gardens Aglow Lighting Contest

    If your home or business is located on the Boothbay peninsula in the towns of Edgecomb, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, or Southport, and your property is visible from a public roadway, you are eligible to enter the Gardens Aglow Lighting Contest! This year, we have five opportunities to win a $700 cash prize plus Gardens passes. For more information, or to sign up, go to Entrants must register by Nov. 7.  

    At nearly 325 acres, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is the largest public garden in New England. The nationally recognized public garden features two miles of hiking trails, 58 acres of cultivated gardens, a children’s garden, a sensory garden, and so much more. The mission of the Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research. To learn more, visit