Lewiston and Beyond: A Springtime Celebration of Flowers and Blooming Trees in Maine

Published on 29 April 2024 at 14:28

It might surprise our readers to know that there are still places in Maine with snow on the ground at the end of April. It's not uncommon for Maine to experience early Spring snowstorms, and in fact, our last significant snow fall was just a few weeks back.  April 1st was a nice day this year, but the joke was on us because two days later, inland areas were blessed with over a foot (in some places over 20") of heavy snow. From the nearby Oxbow Beer Garden in Oxford to Eureka Hall far north in Stockholm, restaurants reachable by snowmobile were overrun with enthusiasts enjoying one last snowmo-meal run! Most of the accumulated snow didn't stick around long as temperatures warmed, but even as it's a 60-degree day today, you can see remnants of snowbanks in some places. The last bit of snow that was in the inn parking lot just melted in the last couple of days. 

As the trees begin to bud and flower in southern Maine, it is a big state with its northern reaches bordering Canada and mountainous regions where snow is still in the forecast! There is even a chance of snow showers tomorrow (April 30) on Mount Katahdin and there are a number of northern county roads that will just be opening up to travel next week after closing for the winter.  Baxter State Park offers breathtaking views of Mt Katahdin and is open all year, so travelers can still catch a glimpse of the snow melt in early Spring. The best part is, while Maine's Spring may be a "late bloomer" compared to elsewhere, it provides plenty of opportunities to take it all in, straight through to June. If you missed the early blooms in your neck of the woods, Maine's got you covered with a composition for the senses.


As winter's chill dissipates and nature awakens, Maine transforms into a breathtaking canvas of vibrant colors and delicate fragrances. Spring in Maine is a time of renewal, marked by the emergence of cheerful blooms and the gentle rustle of leaves returning to the trees. From the rugged coastlines to the tranquil forests, the state bursts into life with an array of flowers and blossoming trees, painting a picturesque scene that captivates the soul. For me, the smell of flowers and fresh-cut grass in the springtime takes me back to some of the best memories from my childhood, and some that were a little embarrassing at the time but make me smile now.


When I was a kid, it seemed to me that my grandmother had an encyclopedic knowledge of flowers. I would point out flowers and ask, “What’s that one called?” She always had an answer. I admired my grandmother and wanted people to think I knew things like she knew things. I never wanted to appear unknowledgeable, so my response anytime I learned something was, “I know”.


I remember one Spring back in the 80’s, when my grandparents bought one of those heavy clunky VHS camcorders. One day, grandmother and I thought it would be fun to make a video where she records me describing the flowers and bushes in front of her house. As she was recording me, it was going great; I remembered all the flower names for my debut broadcast. We arrived at the yellow-flowered bush at the end of the row for the conclusion of the film. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name of that bush. Clearly not understanding how video recording worked myself, I stood in front of the camera and silently mouthed the words, “What’s this one?” My grandmother answered audibly, “It’s a Jonquil.”  I confidently relayed, “And this is a Jonquil.” Realizing she made an error, she said, “No, I’m sorry. That’s a Forsythia.” Not to be humiliated on camera for the world to see, I promptly replied, “I know.”

Funny thing is, although the video is long gone, that memory returns every spring, when the Jonquils (a type of daffodil) and the Forsythia bushes come out to greet me and remind me not to take life too seriously.


Whether Spring calls you to reminisce or to create something new, it’s a time to celebrate the season. Let’s dive right into some of the things that make Spring in Maine so special. With a mix of city and natural features, you’ll discover why urban tourists won’t want to miss the chance to stay at the Inn at the Agora during this beautiful time of year!


A Symphony of Color

One of the most enchanting aspects of spring in Maine is the explosion of color that adorns its landscapes. Along the rocky shores, patches of vibrant wildflowers carpet the ground, adding a splash of brilliance to the rugged coastline. From the cheerful yellow of daffodils to the delicate hues of tulips and hyacinths, these blooms herald the arrival of warmer days and sunnier skies.

Inland, meadows come to life with a riot of colors as native wildflowers such as lupines, violets, and buttercups unfurl their petals in a dazzling display. Each flower seems to compete for attention, creating a tapestry of hues that delights the senses and inspires awe.


The Majesty of Blooming Trees

As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, Maine's trees burst into bloom, casting a spell of enchantment over the landscape. Cherry blossoms, with their delicate pink petals, adorn the branches of ornamental cherry trees, transforming gardens and parks into scenes reminiscent of a fairytale.

The iconic Maine apple trees also come alive in spring, their branches heavy with clusters of delicate white and pink blossoms. Orchards across the state become havens of beauty, drawing visitors eager to witness nature's spectacle and perhaps partake in the promise of a bountiful harvest to come. The Inn at the Agora is close to multiple orchards. Take a day trip and discover the twisted trees as their blooms signal the beginning of their apple-producing journeys.


Exploring Maine's Botanical Gems

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the splendor of spring blooms, Maine offers a plethora of botanical gardens and arboretums to explore. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor is a jewel of the state, featuring meticulously curated gardens bursting with a diverse array of plant life. From the Inn at the Agora, the Botanical Gardens are a little over an hour away, along the coast. Visitors can stroll through woodland trails, admire colorful perennial borders, and marvel at the beauty of native wildflowers in bloom.

Further inland, the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead in South Paris offers a glimpse into Maine's horticultural heritage. Established in the late 19th century, the garden boasts an impressive collection of heirloom flowers and rare plant specimens, providing a serene retreat for nature enthusiasts and gardening aficionados alike.


Embracing the Joys of Spring

Spring in Maine is not just about admiring the beauty of flowers and blooming trees; it's also about embracing the joys of outdoor activities and reconnecting with nature. Whether it's a leisurely hike through the woods, a scenic drive along coastal roads adorned with blossoms, or a peaceful picnic amidst fields of wildflowers, there are countless ways to celebrate the season and create cherished memories.

We invite springtime travelers to be our guest and take advantage of Lewiston’s cityscape. Your stay at the Inn at the Agora promises an experience to remember, from our cozy accommodations and amenities to the picturesque blooms around the property and the city parks. Strolling through the nearby Bates College campus calls to mind new beginnings, both by the aspiring students and the budding foliage. What a wonderful season to visit Lewiston!


Lewiston's Botanical Treasures

While Lewiston may be known for its rich history and vibrant community, it also boasts an abundance of botanical treasures waiting to be discovered. The city's parks, gardens, and green spaces come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors, inviting residents and visitors alike to revel in the splendor of spring blooms.

Lewiston's Riverside Greenway, nestled along the banks of the Androscoggin River, is a picturesque, paved trail loop where nature takes center stage. As spring arrives, the park becomes a riot of colors, with beds of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths adorning its pathways and open spaces. The scent of blooming flowers fills the air, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and delight.

Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary is another gem nestled within Lewiston's borders, offering not only a sanctuary for birds but also a haven for flowering plants. Trails wind through wooded areas and open meadows, where native wildflowers such as trilliums, bloodroot, and hepatica carpet the forest floor in a vibrant tapestry of colors. Visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of spring as they explore this natural wonderland.


Community Gardens and Green Spaces

Lewiston's strong sense of community is evident in its thriving network of community gardens and green spaces, where residents come together to cultivate beauty and promote sustainability. The Lewiston-Auburn Community Garden Project provides opportunities for residents to grow their own flowers, vegetables, and herbs, fostering a sense of connection to the land and each other.

In addition to community gardens, Lewiston boasts several public green spaces that burst into bloom during the spring months. Kennedy Park is just across the street from the Inn at the Agora. Simard-Payne Memorial Park features meticulously landscaped gardens, including a rose garden, perennial beds, and ornamental shrubs that come alive with color as the weather warms. Residents often gather here to relax, socialize, and admire the beauty of nature in full bloom.


Celebrating Lewiston's Floral Heritage

As spring unfolds its petals in Lewiston, it's a time not only to appreciate the beauty of flowering plants but also to celebrate the city's rich floral heritage. From the historic mill gardens that once adorned the city's industrial landscape to the modern-day efforts to promote urban greening and sustainability, Lewiston's love affair with flowers runs deep.


Spring in Lewiston is a time of renewal, rejuvenation, and rediscovery. The city invites residents and visitors to embrace the beauty of nature. From the vibrant blooms of Riverside Park to the tranquil meadows of Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary, Lewiston's flowering plants offer a feast for the senses and a reminder of the enduring power of nature to uplift and inspire.

The Inn at the Agora provides the perfect place to treat yourself to the joys of springtime. Enjoy a day exploring Lewiston’s natural features and an evening unwinding in our parlor or private courtyard. There’s nothing quite like springtime in Lewiston, and there’s nothing quite like the Inn at the Agora. Our guests love the accommodations and amenities, but this season of beautiful surprises also makes it a magical time of year for our urban tourists. Check our availability today and let us be a part of your next springtime adventure!

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