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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Tour Dates:  June 24-26, 2024  

Hosted by Charlie Nardozzi

Please reserve my place (submit one form per traveler).

Full Payment is due on April 18, 2024. 



Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a people’s garden, a grassroots effort that began as a casual conversation between friends and evolved into the largest botanical garden in New England. Located on more than 300 acres along the MidCoast, the Gardens is a true Maine experience.


Monday, June 24, 2024:
We depart by coach from Burlington with stops in Montpelier and White River Junction and travel to the historic city of Portsmouth, NH in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward we’ll tour the home of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, dating from the Colonial era. The home is beautifully decorated with rich carvings, hand-blocked wallpapers and period furniture. The lovely terraced gardens feature old-fashioned perennials and arbors smothered in roses. We’ll continue on to Portland where you'll stay for the next two nights and check in to your hotel. Enjoy a dinner at one of the local restaurants on the waterfront (paid individually).
Meals included: Lunch

Tuesday, June 25, 2024:
Today we’ll drive to the gorgeous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which has been ranked as one of the best public gardens in the US. Located on 325 acres in Boothbay, ME, Coastal Maine features diverse natural ecosystems, dramatic topography, and innovative plantings. Some of the themed gardens include a Five-Senses Garden, delightful Children’s Garden, rhododendron garden, a woodland meditation garden, kitchen garden, and butterfly house. We will enjoy a guided tour with lunch in the cafe, and plenty of time to explore the acres of beautiful plantings on our own.
Return to Portland for the dinner at one of the restaurants on the waterfront (paid individually).
Meals included: Breakfast

Wednesday, June 26, 2024:
Today we’ll check out and depart for 30-acre Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. Bedrock Gardens began as the private garden of sculptor and horticulturist Jill Nooney and her husband Bob Munger. We will enjoy a tour through the series of imaginative gardens highlighted with Jill’s whimsical sculptures. Enjoy a boxed lunch after the tour. Return to Vermont with stops in White River Junction, Montpelier and Burlington.
Meals included: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

PLEASE NOTE: Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. reserves the right to alter the order of events or to make changes in the itinerary deemed necessary for the comfort, convenience and safety of the participants. Every effort will be made to adhere to the printed itinerary, but weather conditions and transportation difficulties may arise beyond the control of Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. and local suppliers could force the cancellation or substitution of events or specific services.


2 nights in Portland at the Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront or similar

  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch in Portsmouth at a local restaurant, 1 boxed lunch

  • Baggage handling at the hotel

  • Guided visit of the Moffett House and Gardens

  • Guided visit of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

  • Guided visit of the Bedrock Gardens

  • Garden Trip host Charlie Nardozzi

  • Goodspeed Trip director Deb Flanders

  • Full-time Premier Coach bus service

  • Bus driver gratuities


Tour Cost with 2 persons sharing a double room:

$1,029 USD per person

Single room additional fee: $329 USD per person
Space is limited to 35 travelers

$125 per person deposit is required to confirm the booking.

Final payment due: April 18, 2024

Tour Booking Conditions and Refunds

  • The $125 per person deposit is refundable, less the $35 per person service fee if the traveler cancels the reservation 66 days prior to the departure date.

  • 65 days before departure: No Refund.

  • Trip Coverage is recommended but not required and can be purchased directly from Allianz Travel Insurance.

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