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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at

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Posted: September 1, 2017

6 Maine public gardens (that aren’t in Boothbay)

Written by: Carey Kish

In just 10 short years, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has grown into a world-class destination, attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually. Situated on 295 acres with 3,600 feet of tidal shoreline on the Back River, the property features nine unique gardens connected by meandering paths, a wonderful permanent collection of sculptures and a beautiful visitor center ( With so much deserved attention paid to the Boothbay garden, one might not realize that there are three dozen other gardens scattered around Maine that are worth a visit. Here’s a look at six of them.


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