Asticou Azalea Garden

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An October 2003 view across Asticou Pond to Peabody Drive.

The Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine, United States, is a popular visitor attraction. It was created by lifelong resident of the village, Charles Kenneth Savage, in 1956. Savage also created Reef Point Estate in nearby Bar Harbor. It was from Reef Point that several specimens, with the financial assistance of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., were moved, including the weeping hemlock, just north of the main bridge.

Located at the intersection of Route 198 and Route 3 (Peabody Drive), the 2.3 acre garden and its pond are open to the public during daylight hours from May 1 to October 31.[1] It features a selection of rhododendrons and azaleas, including the Rhododendron canadense, Maine's native azalea.[2] Styled after a Japanese stroll garden, the fine-gravel paths are raked regularly in a manner that suggests flowing water. There is also a sand garden, where this effect is repeated but with the addition of stones, which are meant to represent islands.[3]

Savage was also the owner of the Asticou Inn, which is located on the opposite side of Peabody Drive.[4] Group photographs for weddings at the inn are often taken in the Garden.

A selection of the plants on display can be seen here, while the 86 or so birds that can be seen or heard at the Garden are listed here.



  1. ^ "Asticou Azalea Gardens". Japanese Garden Research Network. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Asticou Azalea Garden at Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve Archived August 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "History of the Asticou Azalea Garden" Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. - Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve
  4. ^ "History of the Asticou Inn" Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. - Asticou Inn website


  1. Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve. "Asticou Azalea Garden"

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Coordinates: 44°18′18″N 68°17′02″W / 44.305°N 68.284°W / 44.305; -68.284