LOCAL Garden

Painting by Laurie Burhoe

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In 2016, KELT took over management of the LOCAL Garden in south Bath. The garden has a newly expanded mission: to serve as a nearly year-round demonstration garden, with projects and programs to benefit adults and children.

Read more below about the garden, how to volunteer, and upcoming events!



The LOCAL Garden Story

Click HERE to read the LOCAL Garden story…how it all started and what we have planned for the future.

Dennis and Laurie at the garden.

The LOCAL Garden is cared for by our two fantastic Garden Coordinators: Laurie Burhoe and 
Dennis Doiron

Laurie Burhoe has lived, raised 3 kids and worked in the Bath area for 40 years. Laurie has a master gardener volunteer certificate form  UMA and has worked for RSU 1as a Library Ed tech, Title one teacher and art teacher until recently. She started volunteering at LOCAL Garden in 2010 and eventually became the director 3 years ago. At home Laurie has her own small garden and studio where she paints.

Dennis Doiron grows seed quality garlic at his large garden in Phippsburg. His garlic can be found growing throughout mid-coast Maine. He has been gardening for 35 years and regularly donates produce to local food banks.


Upcoming LOCAL Garden Workshops

Stay tuned for upcoming events!


Become a LOCAL Garden Volunteer! Click HERE to learn more.

Join a Wednesday Workday crew…each Wednesday during the spring and summer at 8:00am. Help Laurie and Dennis to care for the garden, learn gardening tips, and share your gardening tricks!


Donate to the LOCAL Garden…Keep it growing!

KELT welcomes gifts designated to the LOCAL Garden to continue providing educational experiences for adults, kids, and families and growing food for our community. Donate online by clicking HERE (indicate the LOCAL Garden in the donation dedication box) or mail a check (with LOCAL Garden in the memo line) to KELT at PO Box 1128, Bath, ME 04530.


Students in the Garden

Student groups are invited to visit the garden for a class field trip in the spring, summer, or fall. Contact Becky at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org or 207-442-8400 to set up a trip.

  • Field trips take about 45 minutes from start to clean-up and can include a variety of gardening activities.
  • We will have a garden liaison present to assist with the trip, however, it is ideal to have several teacher or parent volunteers to accompany your class for extra assistance.
  • Ask students to wear clothes that can get dirty (including old boots or old sneakers) and dress for the weather. They may bring gardening gloves.
  • Some educators choose to read books, do writing lessons, or other additional activities. If you plan on this, let us know what you are thinking and the approximate time so we can schedule groups accordingly.