Tuesday May 08, 2012 | 09:44 AM

And as usual you probably don't know what to do for the woman who put up with your tantrums, patiently waited for you to emerge from your goth period and made sure you didn't starve during that first year of "making it on your own."

So here's a way to show her she really did raise you the right way: McLaughlin Gardens' Wildflower Celebration.

The event runs from May 11-13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The colorful spot in South Paris will kick off its 15th season on Mother's Day weekend and National Public Gardens Day.

Expect garden tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, a plant sale and plenty of Maine wildflowers in bloom (one positive result of all that rain!). You can also view the collection "People, Plants and Pollinators," featuring photographs of New England native plants and pollinators.

The photos will be on display throughout the month and are on loan from the New England Wildflower Society. Visits during the Wildflower Celebration are free, but donations to the gardens are always welcome.

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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