In our exploration of Acadia NP, we happened upon Asticue and Thuya Gardens. Both of these gardens were designed by lifelong resident of Northeast Harbor and gifted landscape designer, Charles K. Savage. With Asticue, Savage was inspired by his love of native plants and by his study of Japanese garden design, as well as his desire to preserve the plant collection of fellow Landscape Designer, Beatrix Farrand, who was dismantling her estate in Bar harbor.
Asticue gardens, combines many traditional Japanese design features with native plants, natural vegetation, stones and water. The results are just stunning!
Thuya Gardens was created by Savage in 1958 on the estate of Joseph Henry Curtis, while Savage was a trustee for the land. Savage also hand carved the gates for the gardens.
Thuya Gardens (named for the area’s abundant white cedar, Thuja Occidentalis) was designed to be a semi-formal English Garden…….
and also included several resting pavilions as well as a spring house.
Though people talk about seeing this area of the county in the Fall and rave about the beautiful Fall leaves, we felt very lucky to be treated to such beauty that can only be seen in the Spring.