Gardens at Tidewater Farm

The University of Maine Gardens at Tidewater Farm, in Falmouth, promote the Harvest for Hunger Program and provide education opportunities for children and adults. This Master Gardener project grew 1,540 pounds of produce during the 2016 gardening season and donated it to Wayside Food Programs for distribution to local food pantries and community meals programs, hosted a variety of educational events, and provided needed space for hands-on learning.

Flowers at the UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm

Visit the Gardens

The gardens are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. All are welcome to come visit and enjoy the gardens with a beautiful view of the Presumpscot River. Often you will see a Master Gardener Volunteer working in the garden; please feel free to ask them any questions you may have.

  • Experience various growing techniques
  • Attend a class or workshop
  • Participate in a work party
  • Walk the adjacent Portland Trails
  • Or just come for the view!

(Please be respectful of all instructors and students while educational programs and workshops are taking place, and please do not interfere with any wildlife.

Directions

From Yarmouth/Cumberland Foreside: Head south on I-295. Take Exit 10 toward I-95/US-1 and turn left onto Bucknam Road. Travel 0.3 miles and then turn right onto US-1. Travel about a half mile and turn right onto Clearwater Drive. Travel 0.3 miles and turn right onto Farm Gate Road. Travel 0.4 miles and the dirt road to the gardens will be on your left.

From Portland: Head north on I-295 toward Falmouth. Take Exit 10 toward I-95/US-1 and turn left, taking the ramp toward US-1/I-495. Turn left onto Bucknam Road. Almost immediately, turn right onto US-1. Travel about a half mile and turn right onto Clearwater Drive. Travel 0.3 miles and turn right onto Farm Gate Road. Travel 0.4 miles and the dirt road to the gardens will be on your left.

Download printable directions (PDF)

Areas of the Garden

UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Map showing the location of the Gathering Circle, Entrance Garden, Norm Steele Harvest for Hunger Plots, Cottage Garden, Children's Garden, All American Selections Display Gardens, Pollinator Garden, Orchard, Wildflowers, Apiary, Garden Shed, Parking, Picnic Area, Composting, Portland Trails, Tidewater Trails, and Foot Bridge (proposed)

Misson

The mission of the UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm is to provide agricultural and horticultural educational opportunities to the community utilizing research-based, environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening practices.

The UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm are completely self-funded. Therefore, we rely on our donors for the funding necessary for maintenance, updates and programs to teach the community the best that gardening offers us here in Maine.

Support the UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm

Donations can be made online or with a check payable to the University of Maine.

Donate Online

Mail checks to: UMaine Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, ME 04105

Consider attending our annual Taste of Tidewater Fundraiser! A Taste of Tidewater benefits the University of Maine Gardens at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth and the important educational programs held at the Gardens. Fabulous food, beautiful Maine art, and a fun and festive evening!

For More Information

Contact Kookie McNerney, UMaine Extension, at kathleen.mcnerney@maine.edu.