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“Maine’s Loveliest”

McLaughlin Garden Called “Maine’s Loveliest” in Coastal Home Article

The subtitle of the Spring 2015 Coastal Home Magazine article by Therese Ciesinski entitled “The Open Gate” calls McLaughlin Garden & Homestead the state’s loveliest secret and offers an excellent overview of the history of the garden. It also offers tips from director of horticulture, Kristin Perry, for growing a number of species found here. The article also shows the beauty of the Garden through many, many beautiful photos. Read the entire article here.

Photo Policy

All who visit McLaughlin Garden & Homestead are welcome to share images in social media with #McLaughlinGarden

Families and small informal groups taking photographs for personal use may use the garden for photography free of charge for non-commercial use, as may members and volunteers. These images must be for personal use and not taken by a professional/commercial photographer.

Those seeking to photograph in the garden for commercial use should read our full policy or contact a Garden staff member before arriving.

Thank you for adhering to this policy.

(Created: May 2016/revised: January 2020)

The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead receives Maine Humanities Council funding for its oral history project

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Maine Humanities Council for an oral history and exhibition project titled “People Past and Present at the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead.”  Funds will be used for training in oral history methodology by Dr. Pauleena MacDougall  from the University of Maine at Orono, purchase of recording equipment, and partial funding of exhibitions based on the oral histories.

The project will begin by interviewing community members who knew Bernard McLaughlin–people in our local community as well as colleagues and friends throughout Maine who were members of garden clubs, horticultural societies, or garden enthusiasts.  We will all interview the founders of the Mclaughlin Foundation–visionaries who preserved this very special garden for the future.

The garden seeks volunteers who are interested in learning about oral histories and conducting interviews with members from our community.  We will train volunteers of all ages (including high school and college students) in July 2016–please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the project.  Please contact Donna Anderson at mclgardn@megalink.net for more information.

The McLaughlin Home will have a new roof in Spring 2016!

The ice storms of early 2015 affected us as well and we realize that it was time for a new roof on the McLaughlin Home and its porches to ensure that we remain dry in the future.  We are grateful for support from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program for helping to support this important preservation project.