Rockport, Maine: Merryspring Gardens

Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall: Merryspring is a privately-owned 66-acre horticultural sanctuary in Rockport, Maine. This is a must see for the seasoned or aspiring horticulturist. This sanctuary is free of charge and open to the public every day of the year from dawn to dusk. It is an ideal setting to just sit on a shady bench and look at the gardens or comb the entire 66 acres on foot. Visitors are also welcome to collect seeds or ask for cuttings.The surrounding woods are a mixture of evergreen and deciduous trees. There are specimens of almost every species native to Maine. During the winter months the meadow area has ideal rolling terrain for cross-country skiing. Be sure to call ahead to check the snow conditions before bringing your skis.