Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, ca. 1958

Contributed by Mount Desert Island Historical Society


This image shows the inaugural year of the Asticou Azalea Garden, as it looked its inaugural year. The garden was constructed by Charles K. Savage, in a pond and swamp area adjacent to the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor, using a Japanese influenced designed.

Savage used many azaleas and rhododendron salvaged from the exquisite gardens of Reef Point, an estate garden created at the home of Beatrix Farrand in Bar Harbor. Stones, trees, paths, sand garden, and pots created by Eric Soderholtz were used as garden features in addition to the plant materials brought from Reef Point.

This image shows an area of the garden, "Pebble Point", which no longer exists. This original garden feature was created with pebbles brought in from Jasper Beach, near Machias. The feature washed away the following spring and the area became submerged into the pond. At the time of construction, the garden was owned by Savage. It later passed to the Town of Mount Desert and then was transferred to a non-profit organization, the Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve.

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  • Title: Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, ca. 1958
  • Creator: Savage Charles Kenneth
  • Creation Date: circa 1958
  • Subject Date: circa 1958
  • Location: Mount Desert, Hancock County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 12 cm x 18 cm
  • Collection: Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve
  • Object Type: Image

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Mount Desert Island Historical Society
PO Box 653, 353 Sound Drive, Mount Desert, ME 04660
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