The Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden is located in Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island. For visitors of all ages, it is exciting to experience a coastal butterfly habitat in Downeast Maine and see how careful organic gardening practices can sustain and protect butterflies. We hope you will be a frequent visitor to the park! Learn more about us on our video.

wheelbarrowGrab your garden gloves, mark your calendar and join us for our Earth Day Cleanup on April 22 from 9-11:30. Coast Guard members will join us for this annual event as we clean out winter debris from the garden beds.


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volunteer gardener2016 Gardening Classes

Begin May 5th on Thursdays - through May
$10.00 a class
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tagged MonarchTag & Release Demonstration

Learn how and why Monarchs' are tagged and what we are discovering about their migration.

The week of June 20th. The program is weather dependent. Free to all.
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Butterfly Release2016 Annual Butterfly Release

Thursday, July 28th
3:30 PM
Reservations are required. Tickets are limited. Order online Learn more



Visit the Garden

Stop by and enjoy the garden during the summer months. Docents will be at the garden Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 to answer gardening and butterfly questions.