Asticou Azalea Garden, Mount Desert

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The Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine, United States, is a popular visitor attraction. It was created by lifelong resident of the village, Charles Kenneth Savage, in 1956. Much of the initial plant collection originated at Reef Point Estate in nearby Bar Harbor, the summer residence of renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. The collection was moved with the financial assistance of John D. Rockefeller Jr., including the weeping hemlock, just north of the main bridge.

Located at the intersection of Route 198 and Route 3 (Peabody Drive), the 2.3 acres (0.93 ha) garden and its pond are open to the public during daylight hours from May 1 to October 31. It features a selection of rhododendrons and azaleas, including the Rhododendron canadense, Maine's native azalea. Styled after a Japanese stroll garden, the fine-gravel paths are raked regularly in a manner that suggests flowing water. There is also a sand garden, where this effect is repeated but with the addition of stones, which are meant to represent islands.
Savage was also the owner of the Asticou Inn, which is located on the opposite side of Peabody Drive. Prior to the establishment of the garden, the Savage children and grandchildren had made a treehouse and rope swing in the white pine still standing today. The present-day pond was formerly surrounded by an alder swamp.
Group photographs for weddings at the inn are often taken in the Garden.
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  • Gardens were beautiful and serene. We visited in early May, just as the flowers were starting to bloom, and found this spot so peaceful. The layout of this garden was ideal for strolling closely... 
    Gardens were beautiful and serene. We visited in early May, just as the flowers were starting to bloom, and found this spot so peaceful. The layout of this garden was ideal for strolling closely...  more »
  • Please donate 5 bucks and enjoy the views and plants. They were a lot of visitors and we really took our time . Free and easy parking but hard to find the exact turn to get into the garden . 
    Please donate 5 bucks and enjoy the views and plants. They were a lot of visitors and we really took our time . Free and easy parking but hard to find the exact turn to get into the garden .  more »
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  • We were driving by and noticed this pond with lovely flowers, we turned the corner and it was open. So glad we stopped in! It was a lovely maze of beauty! Lots of footpath leading to beautiful flowers or a water feature. The azaleas were in full bloom and it was so beautiful it also smelled amazing! Great place to stop and don't forget to make a donation!
  • Beautiful gem in Northeast Harbor, Maine. A must do in Spring especially. Suggested donation is $5, which is a bargain for strolling this awesome garden. A photographer’s playground, fun for all ages, family friendly, educational, and peaceful. Highly recommend and we will visit again. Check out our video on this on our channel on YouTube.

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