The Thuya Garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine, was created by landscape designer Charles K. Savage in 1958, shortly after he created nearby Asticou Azalea Garden (see this earlier post). However, where Asticou Azalea Garden is styled after a Japanese stroll garden, Thuya has a completely different feel. Here, Savage gave a nod to the English style of gardening when he created an artful blend of semi-formal herbaceous borders framed by native eastern woodlands. Like Asticou, some of the impetus to create Thuya can be attributed to Savage's efforts to save a part of the collection of plants belonging to landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand when her Reef Point estate in Bar Harbor, Maine was dismantled in 1956. Many of the original trees and plants in Thuya today were purchased from Reef Point and when you walk through the garden you can feel the influence of Beatrix Farrand as well as Gertrude Jekyll, the English gardener she most admired.
|The Herbaceous Borders looking toward the Upper Pavilion|
|Asticou Terrace Trail|
Shortly after moving to Thuya Lodge, Curtis constructed a 1/4-mile meandering trail, composed of switchbacks, that traverse the hillside leading from the Asticou Terraces boat landing to the lodge. Thuya is one of the few public gardens in the country that is accessible by boat. Today, visitors who use the Asticou Terrace Trail to access the garden (you can also drive) are treated to a a number of scenic views of Northeast Harbor as they make the ascent up the hillside.
|Map courtesy of Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve|
|E.E. Soderholtz at age 91.|
Thuya Garden is open to the public from May 1st through October 31st and Thuya Lodge from mid-June through mid-September. Both the Thuya Garden and the Asticou Azalea Garden are owned and operated by the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve, a Maine non-profit corporation.
For a photographic tour of the garden, click here.