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NOW You can donate online!

If you wish to support The McLaughlin Foundation in its mission to bring natural beauty and history into peoples lives, we encourage you to make a donation today online using the button at right to complete a donation via PayPal. Thank you for your ongoing support. The McLaughlin Foundation is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, all donations are tax deductible. Please contact the Foundation if you do not receive mailed confirmation.

Support the Garden!

Garden Membership

Members are our closet friends and your support allows us to not only offer wonderful programs but to ensure the health of the garden and homestead throughout the year.

Members come together to participate in programs, including new members-only events that we are planning for June and September. These family-oriented events will be opportunities to gather as friends and enjoy the beauty of the site and the company of other friends in the community. Be sure to join or renew to reserve a place on the invitation list.

Your membership of $50 each season (e.g. May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015) ensures this essential work continues to provide a free, public garden, educational and cultural space, and historic site for future generations of Mainers and visitors from around the globe.

Starting in 2015 we are also offering a special volunteer membership for people spending 20 hours or more working with us in the garden, gift shop, or behind the scenes helping at events and activities or fundraising efforts. Community members interested in earning these memberships should call the garden to talk about opportunities. 

Join us in 2015 for a spectacular season of growth and celebration!  

We thank you in advance for partnering with us to preserve and strengthen this garden treasure in Maine.

CALL US! 207-743-8820

Physical address: 97 and 103 Main Street South Paris, ME 04281                         
Mailing address: PO Box 492 South Paris, ME 04281

Hours vary by season - Contact us with questions

Dig in the dirt!  Nurture our flowers!  Work side by side with our horticulturalist and learn the inside scoop about how master gardeners work.  Meet people by working in our gift shop.  Volunteers are an essential part of the Garden and are key to the success of our ongoing educational programs and general day to day services offered to the public.

Volunteers are utilized in various ways depending on interests and level of skill. We welcome individuals, couples, groups of every size and configuration!

Volunteers spending 20 hours or more earn a volunteer membership, with all the benefits of standard members.

Possible Volunteer Projects

Welcome visitors

Plant, weed, water, and prune

Help out in the library

Assist customers in the gift shop

Assist staff with office work

Help manage herbarium collection

Work on special events

Help with educational programs

​For more information on how you can join our volunteer team please visit, call or email the Garden!

why volunteer?

  • Increase your horticultural knowledge and gardening skills
  • Make new friends and meet people with similar interests
  • Discover new interests and abilities
  • Help to plan and run unique and popular local events
  • Participate in one of the most popular visitor destinations in Western Maine
  • Enrich your life, have fun and get your hands dirty!

volunteer at mclaughlin garden & homestead


Discounts to Local Merchants from garden centers to property services to speciality shops (click for full list),

Ten percent off at the Garden Gift Shop year-round, and

Exclusive member-only events and special offers.

Please become a member by contacting the Garden ​by phone or email, or to request a membership envelope that can be completed by mail

Please note: The Garden accepts Visa, Mastercard, Check or Cash, or PayPal Online for membership.
​Credit Cards can be accepted over the phone; check or cash must be mailed or dropped off in person. 
​Contact the Garden directly with any questions.