Garden Tour on Mount Desert Island Maine

One of the gorgeous houses on the Mount Desert garden tour.

Last year my husband Michael and I spent a few days visiting Acadia National Park and touring gardens on Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA.  To see the beautiful photos in my previous Mt. Desert posts, click on the title: Scenes from Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National ParkAsticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden Part 1, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden: Part 2.  


A fun sculpture of gardening gloves

A major purpose of our visit was to attend The Garden Club of Mount Desert’s 2016 garden tour, which we did.  Although a year late, this post is timely as the 2017 Mount Desert garden tour, this year hosted by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, is this Saturday, July 22, from 10 am to 4 pm.  For more information, click here.  I encourage you to go if you are in the area, otherwise enjoy the beautiful photos of Maine in my post!

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Loved this wall.


Everywhere we went we saw beautiful views of the Maine coast.



This secret gate through a tall arborvitae hedge led to the prettiest house on the tour.


A view through the perennials to a wonderful added feature of our tour of this garden….


….A regulation sized croquet course with an official game in progress.


I coveted this large container full of herbs for my own deck and have copied it this year on a smaller scale.  Having the herbs easily accessible right outside my kitchen encourages me to use them more often and keeps the slugs off .


Maine gardens seem to feature a lot of picturesque potting sheds.


This classic Maine summer house had gorgeous flower beds.




My next post will contain photos of the rest of the tour.



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12 Responses to “Garden Tour on Mount Desert Island Maine”

  1. Valerie Carey Says:

    We are there (Bar Harbor, Acadia, & Northeast Harbor) right now. Too bad we have to leave on the 18th. Don’t forget the Wildflower Gardens of Acadia at Seur de’Mont in the National Park. Not a formal type garden, but beautiful for displaying the flowers, shrubs, and plants that occur in the park’s various habitats. If it’s not on the tour, it’s still worth visiting!

  2. Jackie Jerko Says:

    Thank you for sharing your garden tour of Mount Desert Island, Maine. Won’t be able to go this year but will definitely put it on my bucket list. Enjoy the rest of your summer. See you in 2018.

  3. What a lovely trip and photos! I adore the English-style flower beds…

  4. These photos are certainly a great advertisement for this year’s tour! If I were close enough to do it as a day trip, I’d be tempted to go. (Maybe all those picturesque potting sheds provide a way for people to do garden work away from the black flies and mosquitoes :-))

  5. Bonnie Devine Says:

    Every summer I look forward to your photos of all these beautiful homes, gardens, and incredible scenery. The photos themselves are so enchanting that I go thru’ them several times, deciding which home and which garden I own (I mix and match…after all, it’s MY fantasy!) and how lucky I am to have gardeners who do all the work for me. Carolyn, thanks for another year of great “material!”

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