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The Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden is located in Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island. It is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, from sunrise to sunset. 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.


There's something for everyone at the garden!


Volunteers working in the garden

Volunteer gardeners are busy preparing the garden for the Annual Butterfly Release which will be held on Thursday, July 27th. See below for more information. Come visit the garden which is open daily to mid-October, from sunrise to sunset.


Annual Butterfly Release

Thursday, July 27th, 3:30pm
Reservations Required

painted lady butterflyThis annual event is a wonderful family affair that is fun for everyone! Money raised at the event helps support the park by providing funds for plants, supplies, and equipment for maintaining the garden, and producing educational materials. Learn more and purchase Butterfly Release tickets online. >>>