We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Aromatic Bliss

They are currently celebrating their 20th year, 2017. Visiting this place is such a divine... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
Portland, Maine
via mobile

Stroll through the spectacular gardens of lilacs, the aromas are magical and you won’t believe how... read more

Reviewed January 8, 2018
via mobile
Read all 26 reviews
All photos (4)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Sep 1, 2018
“Aromatic Bliss ”
Jan 8, 2018
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
97 Main St, South Paris, ME 04281-1430
+1 207-743-8820
Improve This Listing
Reviews (26)
Filter reviews
25 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
See what travelers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 25 reviews
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

They are currently celebrating their 20th year, 2017. Visiting this place is such a divine experience. It is aromatic bliss! (The lilacs are in FULL BLOOM right now, and there are DOZENS of lilac trees and many varieties!!!) They have the "Lilac Festival" on Memorial...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank LauraR_LauraR
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

Stroll through the spectacular gardens of lilacs, the aromas are magical and you won’t believe how many varieties and colors - you can also buy all kinds of plants 🌱 Enjoy, visit their FB page for events, a great place to experience👍

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank MaryAliceM233
Reviewed October 2, 2017

I have been visiting this garden for many years now - even before Mr. McLaughlin died. Beautiful collection of flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that flourish in northern climate. Plants are available for purchase. There is also a small but nice gift shop. This visit...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank X5870PLkarenv
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Lots of standard info but so many great resources for more in-depth use. This was my first "talk" here so will be on the lookout for more in the future. Looking forward to the Garden Illuminated event this summer!

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank SamsmomT
Reviewed June 4, 2017

I visited twice his spring, once in early May for the wildflowers, just magical! A fairy garden of blooms up the wooded hillside. Lilac season was then a stunning follow up three weeks later, the wonderful smell, the beautiful gardens... it was lovely.

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Katy G
Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Sadly something has gone wrong with this organization. The gardens are in terrible shape with more weeds than flowers. The volunteer gardener told us they had lost their executive director. We go long distances to see gardens and these were in worse shape than any...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Susancbuck
Reviewed June 12, 2016

Free to walk the grounds at your own pace. Lots to see and many plants on sale too. A nice little gift shop to visit makes an interesting stop.

Date of experience: June 2016
3  Thank Elaine M
Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

What a treat to visit. There are hundreds of lilacs currently in bloom as well as woodland plants in bloom, plants to purchas and a gift shop with something for everyone. Take an hour to walk through the gardens and enjoy.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Annsten26
Reviewed October 3, 2015

This is a charming informal garden with paths weaving through richly planted, generally shaded beds. There are lawns too and a great collection of lilacs which must be great in their season. For local gardeners this acts as a valuable site from which to learn...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank John P
Reviewed May 19, 2015

McLaughlin Garden is one of those few special places on Earth that once you visit, you can't help but return to again and again. Over the last several years I've been happy to experience the growth in size and diversity of the garden. The paths...More

3  Thank DeborahJF
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Paris Inn Motel
16 reviews
.39 miles away
Inn Town Motel
33 reviews
.76 miles away
Hampton Inn Oxford
292 reviews
7.94 miles away
Mollyockett Motel
61 reviews
9.24 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 19 nearby restaurants
Market Square Restaurant
59 reviews
.34 miles away
Maurice Restaurant Fancais
76 reviews
.05 miles away
Rising Sun Cafe and Bakery
26 reviews
.17 miles away
Smokin Daves Backyard BBQ & Grill
22 reviews
.58 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 4 nearby attractions
Books N Things
14 reviews
1.37 miles away
Streaked Mountain
18 reviews
4.67 miles away
Hobbs Lucky Lanes
6 reviews
.95 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from McLaughlin Gardens staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines