Maine travels: Asticou Azalea Garden


I've been meaning to share more stories of our wonderful trip to New England in September but other, more pressing gardening topics have been getting in the way.

While we were driving near Bar Harbor, Maine, we stumbled onto a beautiful garden called the Asticou Azalea Garden. It was designed as a Japanese stroll garden and was so peaceful. There was only one other visitor there at the same time so we were free to explore all of the different areas.

Serene and contemplative are two words that easily come to mind when I think back to our visit there. The landscape design includes azaleas and rhododendrons, many native plantings, a sand garden, stream and beautiful vistas everywhere you look.

Asticou Azalea Garden was designed by Charles K. Savage in 1956 and financial support was provided by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Nothing like having some good connections, eh?

If you go to the above web site, you can view a plant list for the garden, see a map of the garden and even learn which birds can be found in the Azalea Garden. I think my favorite spot can be seen in the top photograph. I'm sure as the leaves turned color this fall, the view must've been even more heavenly!

This garden is definitely worth a visit if your travels take you to Maine.