Our mission is to promote the love of horticulture, to protect and conserve our natural resources, to provide educational opportunities, to contribute responsibly to civic and environmental needs, and to enjoy the fellowship of our members.
The Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts Spring is a project initiated in the 1960s by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, spearheaded by garden club members Betty Thorndike, Janet TenBroeck, and Betty Owens, in cooperation with Acadia National Park.
The gardens are now cared for and managed by Friends of Acadia. The Bar Harbor Garden Club still encourages its members to volunteer, along with other members of the Mount Desert Island community, to maintain the hard work and resourcefulness of the three ladies of the Bar Harbor Garden Club who had the vision to create such an asset for all visitors. The Club gives a donation annually to support the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
For the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s contribution to the 2016 Centennial Celebration of Acadia National Park, the Garden Club has conducted interviews with Club and community members who had been involved in the early development of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
Utilizing this information, an oral history has been compiled and can be found online at http://barharborgardenclub.com/ANPcentennial/WGA.pdf.