This summer I spent time photographing an MDI garden that you may not know, Garland Farm. Many garden lovers visit Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden and Lodge, and the Asticou Terraces and Landing, on Mount Desert Island. But few may realize that many of the plantings for these gardens came from Beatrix Farrand’s garden at Reef Point and that the plantings and other details at her last residence and garden at Garland Farm are in the process of being saved, restored, and are now open to the public. This summer I had the pleasure of learning more as I photographed the garden and house for The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Last week The Cultural Landscape Foundation announced the 2012 Landslide®: Landscape and Patronage. Landslide, is the annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes, which in 2012 focuses on visionary patrons and organizations and the sites they helped create. This year Garland Farm was part of that list. The goal is to celebrate the accomplishments and inspire new generations of patrons and philanthropists.
There are wonderful stories and histories to be discovered at Garland Farm. As the last home designed for an aging Beatrix Farrand, she designed the garden as a garden she could enjoy for the view from her room. In a day before assisted living was available, as she downsized, she created a home for herself surrounded by things she loved most, especially her garden.
You can learn more about The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the 2012 Landslide at
Learn more about Beatrix Farrand and Garland Farm at
I have many more images from both the house and gardens to be posted in the near future.
On July 2 the Asticou Azalea Garden had an evening lantern stroll similar to evenings hosted by Charles Savage in the 1960s. The last time such an event was held in the garden was in 2008 in celebration of the Garden’s 50th anniversary. Monday night there was a great turnout and the weather was perfect ! The stroll began at 8 while there was still some daylight and continued, as it got darker, until 10 pm.
You can learn more about the gardens at http://www.gardenpreserve.org
The calendar says spring is here but I haven’t seen many signs until today. The daffodils are coming up, the lilac tree has buds, and I saw a few yellow petals peeking out of the forsythia today. So now I am thinking of spring. I can’t wait for it to be in full bloom!
Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, Maine photo ©Sue Anne Hodges
One of my favorite places in spring is Asticou Azalea Garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It is generally at it’s peak the end of May or beginning of June. The spring green colors of Acadia are also amazing that time of year. They are almost as varied as the fall foliage. Tip: To fully enjoy the spring foliage make sure you bring the bug spray. It is too beautiful to let those pesky black flies keep you indoors! I am eagerly awaiting the burst of color and my first hike in the springtime air!
View to the west over Eagle Lake from Cadillac Mountain photo ©Sue Anne Hodges
To see more of spring on Mount Desert Island and Acadia go to http://www.sueannehodges.com/spring