The Asticou Azalea Garden is an inspiring garden at the Preserve, combining the best natural features of Mount Desert Island with design elements inspired by classic Japanese gardens.
Located in Northeast Harbor, the beauty of Asticou changes and evolves throughout the year. A flowering cherry tree heralds the start of the season in mid-May. This is followed by a myriad of colorful azaleas and rhododendrons which bloom from late May through June. July blooms include Japanese iris, smoke bush, rosebay rhododendron, and the fragrant sweet azalea. August is a peaceful time accented by blooming water lilies and in September and October the garden is ablaze with fall colors.