Hosta in bloom

Welcome to the McLaughlin Garden and Homestead

Welcome to the McLaughlin Garden and Homestead in South Paris, Maine, a historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a cultural landscape.  The McLaughlin Foundation has been proud to steward Bernard McLaughlin’s renowned 1840s farmstead, gardens, and public green space for more than 25 years. 

Home to one of the largest collections of lilacs in New England, visitors from far and near come to the McLaughlin Garden in May to delight in the vibrant colors and fragrances of unique heirloom lilacs in bloom. Throughout the summer season, visitors to the gardens continue to enjoy our extensive collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, wildflowers, and ferns, and the garden is a haven for birds and pollinators, as well as a place of beauty, peace, and inspiration for all who visit.

Regular public programs at the garden include self-guided garden tours, workshops, lectures, and our Thursday Night in the Garden series.  Signature annual events like Garden Illuminated and The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular become special shared experiences for many, year after year. The McLaughlin Garden offers engaging opportunities for all ages from March through December each year. We are particularly committed to serving our local community through low-cost programming and by preserving this oasis of green on an otherwise busy Route 26.

We hope that you will share in our mission to cultivate a beautiful and healthy environment where discovery, creativity, and connections are nurtured, and we look forward to seeing you this season.

Join our mailing list, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and visit our events page to stay connected with what’s happening in the garden.

For those who are interested in supporting the McLaughlin Foundation and our mission, please consider joining us as a member, a volunteer, or by making a donation today.

We look forward to seeing you in the garden this season.

Garden Illuminated – August 24, 2024

Garden Illuminated – Featuring Live Music by Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations.  McLaughlin Garden’s signature late summer evening celebration with hundreds of candles lighting up the pathways through the garden, creating an intimate and “other-worldly” experience under the stars.




Check out our Events Page for what's coming in 2024!
McLaughlin Garden is planning for the 2024 season and will be updating the calendar regularly. Check out Schooner Fare on the evening of June 27th, as well as other engaging musical guests throughout the summer!

We're also planning a range of activities, lectures, and classes thoughout the summer to develop new skills and sharpen old ones.

If you're an artisan and are interested in doing a 2-4 hour class in your specialty, please call us at 207-743-8820 for more information.


The Garden grounds are open to visitors each day from dawn until dusk, Mother’s Day weekend until November 1st. The Barn and Garden Gift Shop are open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please note that the Garden and Gift Shop are closed on Mondays.

The Garden Gift Shop remains open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesdays through Sundays until December 23.

Admission: Visiting us is always free, although a $10 donation is suggested.

Plant Sale

Mother's Day to Late October

We offer a variety of perennials for sale each year, specializing in unique plant varieties that are hardy in Maine and that anyone can grow. Whether you’re looking for shade-loving wildflowers for your woodland garden or native species that pollinators will go wild for, we’ve got your plant needs covered!

Our plant sale is open starting Mother’s Day weekend and ends in late October (exact date dependent on weather and remaining plant inventory).

Garden Gallery

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To learn more about supporting McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, or to sponsor our season or an event, please click here to go to our Support Us page.