Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Seeking Volunteers for Community Build


Contact: Kris Folsom
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Tel: 207-633-8040 Email: [email protected]

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is seeking volunteers to help construct a sculpture installation unlike any other. While more details are yet to come, this series of mammoth, recycled-wood sculptures will underscore the Gardens’ 2021 theme focusing on the Maine woods, from their history to their ongoing importance to health, recreation, and the Pinetree State’s economy.

Thomas Dambo, an internationally renowned sculpture artist from Copenhagen, Denmark, will lead the installation of these recycled-wood art sculptures.

“We’re really excited about this project,” says Daniel Ungier, VP of Guest Experience and Education. “Wherever he creates installations, Thomas’ art is rooted in bringing community members together and co-creating with salvaged materials sourced nearby. This promises to be a memorable experience for anyone who joins — and, as spring comes, a chance to work outdoors with new friends in a safe and fun environment.”

Volunteer shifts begin at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens April 1 and continue through May 28, 2021. Volunteers will be asked to do a variety of tasks which may include, but are not limited to, sorting or moving lumber, hammering pieces into place, or using power tools. Volunteers should be able to lift 30 pounds, hammer a straight nail, use a power drill or perhaps a jigsaw, and keep a flexible mindset while working on this project. While not required, some experience using power tools is a bonus, and a willingness to learn is essential.

“Working on this installation promises to be an incredible experience—a chance for community members to truly ‘make their mark’ at the Gardens,” Ungier concludes. “When the project is done, volunteers will have contributed to a unique and whimsical project that will be at the Gardens for years to come.”

Project training will occur at the beginning of a volunteer’s shift, and shifts will run from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. each weekday. If interested, or for more information, contact Kelly Hamilton, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected] or (207) 633-8022.

Dambo’s diverse and varied work can be found

worldwide, telling a story of local community and of global connection.

At nearly 325 acres, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is the largest public Garden in New England. Voted #1 on TripAdvisor, the nationally recognized public garden is located in Boothbay, Maine. The mission of the Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research. Visit or call (207) 633-8000.