Wednesday, July 20 from 7:30-9pm


One of our favorite events is once again taking place this summer at the Asticou Azalea Garden. In honor of the centennial, the 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.


We hope you can join us on Wednesday, July 20 for our evening Lantern Stroll. Come experience the beauty of the Garden at night as we transform it into a magical place. Paper lanterns will hang gracefully throughout the Garden illuminating the pathways, and floating lanterns will glide gently across the pond. Traditional Japanese koto music will once again be played by Wendilee Heath O'Brien. Please mark your calendars and save the date. Suggested donation $5 per person.




Thuya Lodge

Not only is 2016 the Acadia National Park centennial, it is also the centennial of Thuya Lodge, summer residence of Northeast Harbor summer resident Joseph H. Curtis. This special exhibit tells the history of Curtis and his pioneering vision as well as those who continued after his death to make Thuya Lodge, Thuya Garden, and Asticou Terraces the wonderful oases they are today.


Thuya Lodge is open 7 days a week from 10am - 4:30pm beginning June 18 until September 30.





Past Events: 2015


Friday, August 14, 5:00 pm

Land & Garden Preserve presents Fergus Garrett

public lecture at COA


Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener for the internationally acclaimed Great Dixter Garden in Northiam, East Sussex in the UK since 1992, will give a public lecture titled  Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way on August 14th at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME.  The lecture will focus on creative ways of combining plants using color, shape, texture, repetition and balance. The lecture, beginning at 5:00 pm in the Gates Auditorium is free, open to the public and jointly sponsored by the Land & Garden Preserve, College of the Atlantic, and the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden (CMBG).  A public lecture at CMBG titled “Great Dixter House and Garden – A Historic Paradise in the 21st Century” will be held on August 12th. 

The Great Dixter House and garden, located in Northiam, East Sussex, in the south of England, was the home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006), and is currently under the stewardship of Mr. Garrett, Mr. Lloyd’s longtime head gardener, and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. Mr. Garrett was raised in the United Kingdom and Turkey and studied horticulture at Wye College, graduating in 1989. He is the recipient of many horticultural awards and honors.


Thursday, July 30 - Saturday, August 1

ArtWorks! 2015 — Fine Art Exhibit and Sale


Join us at the Asticou Inn for a fine art and craft exhibit and sale of original works of art created by 40 local artists who have been inspired by the beauty of the Preserve Gardens and the land and trails that surround them. The exhibit will open on Thursday morning and conclude on Saturday morning. Proceeds equally benefit the artists and the Land & Garden Preserve. More information to come! MORE DETAILS



Past Events: 2014


July 31, Thursday, 8-9:30pm

Lantern Stroll in the Asticou Azalea Garden


Join us for an enchanting evening at a magical lantern stroll in the Asticou Azalea Garden on July 31. In remembrance of Charles Savage and the lantern strolls he organized for community members and guests of the Asticou Inn in the 1960's, we invite you to experience the beauty and magic of the garden at night. Mr. Savage, third generation owner of the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor and renowned for his hospitality, was a master at creating such events. Not only did he build the Asticou Azalea Garden on the inn’s property for his guests’ enjoyment, he would on special occasions light the garden with lanterns whose images reflected in the stillness of the pond and invite guests and community members to experience the beauty of the garden at night. The Land & Garden Preserve invites you to enjoy a similar evening lantern stroll that will surely evoke your own memories of summer nights when life was a little simpler.


Guests will be given hand-held lanterns to guide them while strolling the garden paths. Japanese lanterns will be strategically placed throughout the garden illuminating its features and reflecting in the pond.


The stroll is from 8 — 9.30 pm and is open to the public.  There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.  A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, August 2.