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 more than 1,500 pounds of produce during the 2023 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.

Tidewater demonstration gardens with painted mural in background
Photo credit: Pamela Hargest

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
  • 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.

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)


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


Thank you to Eden Brothers for sponsoring the UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm!

Eden Brothers Logo

For More Information

Contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension, at