97 & 103 Main Street, South Paris, ME 04281 info@mclaughlingarden.org 207-743-8820

,When are you open? What is your pet policy? Is there an onsite cafe?  To help you prepare for your visit, we’ve answered the most commonly asked questions we field from visitors, volunteers, and members.


When are you open?

The Garden is open seven days a week from Mother’s Day weekend through October 31 from dawn to dusk. The Gift Shop, Historic Home, and Barn are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the season. More information here.


Do you offer tours?

We offer tours upon request, led by volunteers and our Horticulturalist, for a small fee that helps sustain the organization.

For guided tours , the price is $8/person, children, seniors over 65, and students are $6/person.
Please call 207-743-8820 ahead of time to schedule the arrangements for your group.

       Private tours for groups of 5 or less is a flat fee of $50


Is the Garden & Homestead available for rent?

Our barn space is available for rent for small gatherings (up to 60 people). We are not set up for weddings and the kitchen is not available for use. No additional seating may be placed on the lawns, but there are some benches already in place throughout the garden. Guests are welcome to stroll the garden paths. The fee is $25/ hour plus $5 for each guest and includes the private use of the indoor barn space, tables, chairs, and tablecloths. We suggest you visit the space first to make sure it will suit your needs.  Renters are responsible for complete set up and clean up of the event. A McLaughlin staff member will always be available for questions or issues.


Do you have food on site?

You can purchase coffee and tea in our tea room. Wrap Daddys, a salad and wrap food truck, is located on the property. They sell fresh, create your own salads and wraps, chips, beverages and deserts. There is seating available outside on picnic tables and inside the homestead. If you have further questions or needs that we may be able to help you with, please call the Garden at 207-743-8820 or email us at info@mclaughlingarden.org


What programs do you offer?

We offer a variety of programs year-round as designed by our staff, Program Committee, volunteers and Board of Directors. Each program is unique and exciting, some are more appropriate for certain age groups than others. Please refer to our Programs & Events page for details about what’s going on this season. Follow us on facebook or sign up for our email list for event reminders.


Do you allow dogs/pets?

We love our furry friends, but no dogs or pets are allowed in the Garden & Homestead. Pets can stretch their legs and sniff around in the Curtis house parking area and we ask that you please clean up after your dog (bag and carry out).


What is your photography policy?

Families may take informal family photos. Members may take photographs for their own private use. All photographers taking photographs for commercial use (sale of images, portraits, wedding photographs, etc.) must purchase a photography sponsorship.  All photographers and visitors must stay on the paths (and out of flowerbeds); please do not climb on benches or walls; no props of any kind are permitted in the garden. More information here.


Are you hiring?

The Garden has a very small staff, but posts any employment opportunities online and announced on our Facebook page. Contact us for details or inquiries.


How can I stay informed about activities at the Garden & Homestead?

You can “like” us on Facebook or share your email address with us and we will add you to our email list.