Yes you do! McLaughlin Gardens and Homestead are a treasure here in western Maine. Located in nearby South Paris, it is only 13 miles from the Wolf Cove Inn, a romantic B&B in Maine. So if you love beautiful gardens, read on to learn more about the McLaughlin Garden. Better yet, enjoy romantic getaways in Maine at the Wolf Cove Inn and explore the gardens yourself.
McLaughlin Garden and Homestead
The century old farmstead holds the gardens, massive stone walls and a huge barn. In 1936, Bernard McLaughlin started planting stuff. And planting, and planting. Eventually he’d plant on 2 of the 4.5 acres. Whenever the gate was open, Bernard was happy to host garden enthusiasts from near and far. Over the years, Bernard single-handedly tended to the gardens. Eventually he became known as the “Dean of Maine gardeners.”
After his passing in 1995 at the age of 98, the gardens came under the stewardship of the McLaughlin Foundation. For 20 years the Foundation and its volunteers have maintained and expanded this grand property. The Foundation recently announced the acquisition of the adjoining Curtis property. Planning is underway for the incorporation of this property into the gardens. When complete, the gardens will be double in size.
The McLaughlin Garden
The gardens offer two distinct vibes. The formal gardens consist of mature hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, and over 200 lilacs. The lilac collection is the largest in Maine. Conversely, extensive natural wildflowers and ferns border an old, winding lane leading up to a wooded hill.
Plan Your Visit
McLaughlin Garden is open from mid-May through the end of October. They have quite a full calendar, focusing on seasonal-themed events. These events include an illuminated garden in July and a Jack O’Lantern festival in October.
What You Should Know
Admission is free.
Tours are available. The tour guide describes the plants in the gardens. Furthermore the guide describes the history of the garden itself.
- For groups of ten or more, the price is $8/person.
- Children, seniors over 65, and students are $6/person.
- For groups smaller than ten, the fee is $50.
- Book tours in advance by calling 207-743-8820.
In spring, the gardens, barn and gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10-4.
In summer and fall, the garden is open dawn to dusk, Tuesday through Sunday. The barn and gift shop are open 10-4.
McLaughlin Garden takes Mondays off.
No dogs and other pets.
You may take photos. However there are restrictions. Please read their photography policy.
Visiting The Area
McLaughlin Garden is only one of the many wonderful activities available when you stay at the Wolf Cove Inn. There are great activities available year round.
Other activities include:
- Scenic day trips
- Maine waterfalls
- Activities on and around Tripp Lake
- Hiking, biking and trail running
Located right on Tripp Lake, we are your home for romantic getaways in Maine. Enjoy luxurious amenities, gourmet breakfasts and beautiful sunsets. Furthermore, we serve wonderful coffee from Carrabassett Coffee Company. And if you really want to indulge, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in our Tripp Lake Spa. Follow that up with the Ultimate Romance Dinner.