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Graycote Gardens

The Graycote Inn gardens help isolate the inn from the surrounding village as well as providing a pleasant environment in which to sit and read, converse with fellow guests, play a game of croquet (a new game at the time the Graycote was built), or enjoy a nap in one of our hammocks.

Front Gardens~


Side Gardens~


Public Gardens on Mt. Desert Island

Gardening was a very popular pastime in the late 1800s when Mt. Desert Island was becoming the premier resort on the Maine coast, and nowhere was gardening more popular than in Bar Harbor. Gardens were a key part of every Bar Harbor "Cottage".

Asticou Azalea Gardens, Northeast Harbor

Bar Harbor was home to Beatrix Farrand, America's first woman landscape architect/garden designer. Her family's estate, Reef Point, was located on Bar Harbor's Shore Path. She was a charter member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Among her more well-known commissions are Dumbarton Oaks and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the old campus at Princeton University, and campus gardens at major colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Chicago, CalTech, and Oberlin. She designed the gardens of Woodrow Wilsonís White House.

She was sought after to design gardens for many of the wealthy summer residents of MDI. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor is the most significant example remaining. Ms. Farrand worked closely with John D. Rockefeller, Jr. on the landscaping of MDI's Carriage Roads. The Beatrix Farrand Society is based in Bar Harbor.

Gardening continues to be a thriving activity on Mt. Desert Island with two major garden clubs: the Bar Harbor Garden Club and the Garden Club of Mt. Desert. Both clubs organize open garden days, usually in alternate years.

There are a number of gardens open to the public throughout the Season; for details click here.

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