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The Mclaughlin Garden and Homestead

  • Family & Community
97 Main Street
South Paris, ME 04281
(207) 743-8820
Hours:
Garden- Dawn to dusk. Gift shop Tue-Sun. 10a to 4p

About Us

In 1936 Bernard McLaughlin began planting what would become one of Maine's most beloved gardens. A century-old Maine farmstead with massive stone walls and huge barn provided a unique background for read more
  • About

    In 1936 Bernard McLaughlin began planting what would become one of Maine's most beloved gardens. A century-old Maine farmstead with massive stone walls and huge barn provided a unique background for his sophisticated collection of trees, woody shrubs, and perennials. Bernard welcomed visitors to the garden whenever the gate was open, creating a true mecca for garden enthusiasts. With no formal horticultural training, tending the garden single-handedly for most his life, he eventually became known as the ''Dean of Maine Gardeners.'' Bernard McLaughlin died at age 98 in 1995.Now over seventy years old, the landmark two acre garden is under the stewardship of a nonprofit organization formed to preserve the historic home, barn and garden for the public.The formal garden features mature collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, and over 200 lilacs beneath a canopy of mature deciduous and coniferous trees. A diverse collection of Maine wildflowers and ferns border an old lane which rises up a wooded hill behind the barn.The McLaughlin Foundation invites you to explore the historic home, barn, Garden Gift Shop and Garden Café as you enjoy the serenity of this Maine treasure.

  • Highlights

    • Gardens
    • Plant sales
    • Gift shop
  • Media

  • Whom to Contact

    • Karla Horecky
      Operations Manager
      97 Main Street
      South Paris, ME 04281
      Phone: (207) 743-8820
  • Directions

    Rt 26 South across from Ripley and Fletcher and The Big Apple. Parking is in front of the gate next to the Chamber of Commerce on Western Avenue or in the lot just north of Maurice's Restaurant.

    Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce

    4 Western Avenue South Paris, ME 04281
    207.743.2281
    info@oxfordhillsmaine.com

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