McLaughlin Garden & Homestead
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. From May to October, the Garden is open daily to the public free of charge.
formal garden features mature collections of hostas, daylilies,
astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, and over 200
lilacs (the largest collection in New England) 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, plant sale including McLaughlin Originals, and the Garden Gift Shop as you enjoy the serenity of this Maine treasure.
Physical: 97 Main Street South Paris, ME 04281
Mailing: PO Box 492 South Paris, ME 04281