To preserve, for public enjoyment, the aesthetic and spiritual heritage of the Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden, Thuya Lodge and surrounding lands, and, in the future, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and surrounding lands; to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the landscapes of Mount Desert Island; and to promote sustainable horticulture and land conservation practices by example and through educational programming.
There are three components to our plan:
1) Thuya Lodge shares its centennial year with ANP, and we will create a new display in the Lodge that describes and honors the strong ties that link the origins of Acadia National Park and Thuya Properties. The display will focus on Joseph Curtis, one of the early rusticators and summer residents of the island who shared the vision of the park founders in giving his property and home on the western slope of Eliot Mtn. to the residents of MD to be conserved and enjoyed by all.
2) In honor of the centennial, the Asticou Azalea Garden’s 2016 Lantern Stroll will pay homage to Charles Savage, creator of the garden and third generation of innkeepers who opened their homes to the early rusticators, welcomed summer residents, and were the forebears of what has become a thriving hospitality industry.
3) The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden will honor the instrumental role John D. Rockefeller Jr. played in founding the park and building the carriage roads by providing garden visitors with a brochure highlighting the juxtaposition of the garden’s creation in the 1920’s with the building of the carriage roads. It will bring attention to the role of Beatrix Farrand as both garden designer and adviser for the re-vegetation of the carriage roads and look at view sheds from within the garden that demonstrate the inviting interface between the native landscapes of the park and the highly cultivated interior spaces of the garden.