BOOTHBAY — As someone who who been captivated by the myth and mystery of Bigfoot since the age of eight, I had no idea I would finally get to meet him literally in my own backyard — in a spectacular and beautiful garden setting, no less.

It turns out these beings with mighty big feet also have a love and close relationship with Mother Nature.

As a lifelong Midcoast resident, there are so many places I have yet to visit in my own neck of the woods. That is, until the trolls, in this case, my ever-elusive Bigfeet, came calling.

After hearing so much about the beauty and splendor of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, my wife, Sarah, convinced me to head to the special place that has flora, fauna, flowers, butterflies, bees, caterpillars, acres of walking trails, a quaint fairy house village and, now, of course, magical, majestic and mesmerizing — as well as larger than life — trolls.

They are, as it turns out, not hairy, but plenty woody.

Thanks to the vision of Danish artist Thomas Dambo, the already-amazing botanical gardens now includes a fun, oversized and completely enthralling new set of whimsical inhabitants. Dambo’s “Guardians of the Seeds” is crazy good.

Besides the incredible bridges, waterfalls, brooks, water spouts and all manner of fauna, the botanical gardens are home to these giant wooden beings, with “bushy” beards, hilarious spikey hair and big feet. Very big feet. Not that Bigfoot, which I wished had made a guest appearance at the gardens during my stay, but impressive creations made of all manner of discarded wood.

Dambo lives and works in Copenhagen. Building and creating with wood since the age of five, he has become one of the fastest-growing personalities in the Scandinavian art world. A self-labeled “recycle art activist,” his trolls are on the list of the most significant attractions in Denmark and can be found worldwide, not only telling a story of sustainability, but one of global connection.

The trolls, which are several stories tall and massively wide, were built on-site with Dambo’s team, with help from botanical gardens’ staff and more than 150 volunteers. The trolls, which essential blend into the landscape, as well as tower over and stick out from their background (if that is possible), took about two months to create.

The theme of “Guardians of the Seeds” is to teach and take one on a adventure, a real-life treasure hunt. Those who visit all five trolls in the gardens uncover the clues to the hidden treasure.

The trolls teach why every part of the tree is important to the entire forest. As the brochure to “Guardians of the Seeds” states, “Our Maine woods are filled with secrets and stories — uncover them by looking and listening closely to all the life in the forest.”

And for about three hours one recent Thursday, my wife and I did just that. It was vacation bliss with a few of my favorite bigfooted friends.