Asticou Azalea Garden

$15.00 and $12.00 for members

The Azalea Garden book details the history and creation of the garden, including the influential individuals that have shaped what it is today. A foreword to the book is written by the late Beth Straus, Honorary Chair of the Azalea Garden Committee and Life Director of the Land & Garden Preserve.

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The Bulletins of Reef Point Gardens

$35.00 and $28.00 for members

During a ten-year period, from 1946 to 1956, the Reef Point Gardens Bulletins were published by Beatrix Farrand from Reef Point, her house and garden in Bar Harbor, Maine. Mrs. Farrand (1872-1959), who was the niece of the novelist Edith Wharton, became one of America’s preeminent landscape gardeners. She designed the Italianate gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., created gardens at the White House during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson and landscaped the campuses of Princeton and Yale Universities.


At Reef Point, Mrs. Farrand established an extensive horticultural library and an outstanding collection of plants. The contents of her house and garden were dispersed when Mrs. Farrand felt that the future of the gardens could no longer be guaranteed. The books and papers were sent to the University of California at Berkeley, and the plants transferred to the Thuya and Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor, Maine.


The articles Mrs. Farrand wrote for the Reef Point Gardens Bulletins described the plantings in her gardens – the roses, the vines, the heathers and the native plants – and how she cultivated them; they are filled with illustrations and represent a distillation of her wide knowledge and experience. Original issues of the Bulletins are now scarce and difficult to find in their entirety, and thus this collection of them in book form is of value not only to those interested in the life of this remarkable landscape gardener but also to garden historians in general.


In her introduction, Paula Deitz discusses Beatrix Farrand’s national career designing estate gardens and public landscapes at the beginning of the era when women entered the field as professionals. A focus on her life in Maine stresses the importance of the gardens she designed locally, including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor. Mrs. Farrand also collaborated with John D. Rockefeller, Jr., on developing the plans for structures, roadways and plantings in Acadia National Park. The Bulletins of Reef Point Gardens, as the repository of her ideas and projects, is symbolic of the scholarly strength and practical observations that fueled her creative force.

Proceeds from the sale of this book go toward the Asticou Azalea Garden Endowment Fund.

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The Rockefeller Gardens: An American Legacy

$50.00 and $40.00 for members
Photographer Larry Lederman has captured the beauty of these gardens in all seasons, focusing on the geometry of the designs and the processional approach through the spaces while capturing the color and light that animates them. "Each of the photographs finds the expression of the light on the gardens, and each records an ephemeral moment that offers sparkling facets," he says. "Taken together, the photographs present the immediacy of the experience of place, while creating, as only photographs can, a sense of immersion in the gardens."
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Thuya Garden, Asticou Terraces & Thuya Lodge

$15.00 and $12.00 for members
The Thuya Garden book details the history of the property, including the influential people who have shaped it to be what it is today.  A foreword to the book is written by Mary Ann Savage Habib, the daughter of Charles K. Savage, who grew up in Northeast Harbor and now resides in Washington, DC.
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