Viles Arboretum, Augusta – Discover Maine Series

Viles Aboretum is the first in a series of presentations about places in Maine where you and your family will find a unique and fun experience. We are also choosing places that are affordable, free, and by donation. We hope you will enjoy this series and check out the wonderful offerings Maine has for family fun and education.

Viles Arboretum - Augusta, Maine

The Beautiful Rock Garden and Cody 030

I first became acquainted with Viles Arboretum a couple of years ago when a friend said it was a great place to get bird photos. All my friends will tell you I love to go places where my camera will get a workout. What a great surprise to discover it was so much more than a good place for birdwatchers!

It’s a beautiful place to visit year round. Viles Arboretum is open from dawn till dusk and, during the winter months, provides an excellent backdrop for cross-country skiing. There’s no charge for the use of this beautiful nature acreage, but I would suggest making a donation to help this organization continue to provide such a wonderful place for Maine families to visit, learn, and use.

Viles Aboretum Chestnut Celebration

Chestnut Celebration - Eric Speaking

Among the treasures hidden in away within the aboretum are the Hosta Garden, the Native Plants Garden, the Governor’s Grove, the Chestnut Collection, the Rock Garden, and the Spring Lilac Collection. That’s only a few things you’ll find there. A number of classes and learning experiences are offered. Call to inquire as class space may be limited. Fees are associated with most classes. Viles has also made sure there are some programs that are wheelchair accessable. If you have special needs, they do request you notify them in advance of your visit to insure your experience at the Viles Aboretum is pleasant and comfortable.

The Viles Arboretum is an independent, non profit 501 c(3) corporation. By becoming a member you help maintain the beautiful trees, gardens, and facilities for present and future generations. Your membership is tax deductable. You can check out the various levels of membership on their website.

Plan a day long learning adventure for your family this summer at the Viles Aboretum. It’s located at 153 Hospital Street in Augusta. Access is easy: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Vile Aboretum Master Gardener's Tour


Tour with Master Gardners

For more information on Viles Aboretum, visit their website



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