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Plan Your Visit

Located on 1400 acres between Northeast Harbor, Seal Harbor and Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine, the Preserve has numerous trails to hike, Little Long Pond to explore, and three beautiful gardens to enjoy. 

 
 
 
Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden

Both the Asticou Azalea and Thuya Gardens are located in Northeast Harbor off Route 3. Visitors can drive directly to both gardens, park, and visit each one. The two gardens are near one another, and it is possible to hike between the two.

 

While the two gardens are free of charge and open to the public, a $5 entrance fee is suggested. It’s important to note that the gardens are open on certain days and at certain times.

Asticou Azalea Garden
Open on weekends through the end of October 2020.


3 Sound Drive

Northeast Harbor, ME  04662

On the corner of Rte. 3 and Rte. 198

in Northeast Harbor

Thuya Garden

Closed for the 2020 season for garden improvement projects

 

15 Thuya Drive

Northeast Harbor, ME  04662

Tips for Visiting
 

  • Suggested entrance donation of $5 per person

  • Parking is limited

  • Temporary public restrooms are available

  • Food or drink is not allowed

  • Please keep your children with you at all times.

  • Pets are not allowed except service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) and must be leashed

  • Please limit cell phone conversations to outside the garden area

  • RV's, buses, and large trucks are not permitted on Thuya Drive. It is a one-lane, winding road so please drive cautiously.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Closed for the 2020 season.

 

Accessible by car and with parking near by, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden is located in Seal Harbor. Although it is possible to hike through the entire Preserve, we do not recommend hiking up to the Abby because visitation requires advanced reservation. 

Tips for Visiting

  • The walled garden is meant to be a slow, quiet walking experience. Enter through the South Gate onto the Asian-inspired Spirit Path, then transition into the border garden. Be sure to end your visit with a seven-minute walk from the walled garden to the Eyrie terrace to take in the ocean view. 

  • Masks are encouraged in the garden. Please observe social distancing and other safety guidelines posted at the garden. 

  • While in the garden, please stay on the paths and honor signs indicating private areas. 

  • Limited wheelchair access and special needs parking are available. When you check in, let staff members know your needs so they can direct you to the appropriate parking area. 

  • Photography on the property is for personal use only. Camera tripods, monopods, or easels are not permitted. 

  • Children must always be supervised by an adult. Backpack carriers are recommended for very young children. 

  • Temporary restroom facilities are located in the parking lot. 

  • Smoking or picnicking are not allowed anywhere on the property. 

  • Pets are not permitted in the garden except service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) and must be leashed. 

  • The Abby Garden is open on the specified days and times, rain or shine. If severe or dangerous weather conditions exist near the Abby Garden, we may choose to close the garden for a period. That notice will be posted on the Land & Garden Preserve’s website at www.gardenpreserve.org and Facebook page and will be on the outgoing message of the Preserve phone, 207-276-3727.

Little Long Pond

The natural lands, carriage roads, and hiking trails around Little Long Pond can be accessed year-round, every day from dawn to dusk. They are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated at the boxes located near the kiosks at the main gate and upper parking lot.

 

There are three parking areas with easy access to trails. All have informational kiosks and maps. Dog bag/waste stations are available at the Main Gate and the Upper Lot.

View the Little Long Pond Trail Map. 

Main Gate (10 parking spots)

On Peabody Drive at Bracy Cove. Parallel parking spots along the road, with a couple of head-in spots by the gate. Please do not block the gate. Preserve crews need access. Please use extreme caution when parking here, especially during high traffic volume times. Watch for speeding cars.
 

Upper Lot (12 parking spots)

Off Peabody Drive less than ½ mile west of the Main Gate entrance.
 

Harbor Brook Lot (10 parking spots)

Off Peabody Drive approximately ½ mile west of the Upper Lot.

Tips for Visiting

  • The lands and trails of the Preserve can be enjoyed year-round during daylight hours and are perfect for the whole family to walk, hike, and explore.

  • Dogs are allowed in all areas of the Preserve except Preserve Gardens.

  • Dogs are allowed off-leash at Little Long Pond only if under voice control.

  • Biking and motor vehicles are not permitted.

  • Camping, hunting, trapping, and fires are not permitted.

  • Swimming at Little Long Pond for people and dogs is allowed only at four designated areas, which are marked with signs.

  • Please keep your children with you at all times.

  • Please remember to take out what you bring in, including pet waste.

  • No public restrooms available.

Group Visits and Tours of the Gardens
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden ~ Asticou Azalea Garden ~ Thuya Garden

 

Group visits and tours are on hold under further notice.

 

We welcome tour groups of individuals who are garden enthusiasts and avid gardeners. Due to the rising demand for group tours, the gardens of the Preserve can only accommodate tours specifically designed for visitors with a focus on horticulture and cultural landscapes.

 

Due to the fragile nature of the gardens and limited parking, the Preserve does not have the ability to accommodate a large number of tours. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask tour organizers to comply with the following policies:

 

1. Make all tour reservations in advance through the Preserve office indicating the purpose and audience for the tour and whether a garden guide is desired.

 

2. Due to the narrowness of the paths and the size of gathering areas, we request that each guided group be no larger than 15 individuals. For tours larger than 15, our staff will help devise a plan for dividing into smaller groups.

 

3. Be prepared for the group leader to pay a fee of $5 per person at the Asticou and Thuya Gardens and $15 per person at the Abby Garden. The fee is consistent whether or not there is a personal guide.  A reduced fee may be negotiated with the office for seniors (over 65 years), student groups, and other educational organizations.

 

4. Tour organizers should be aware that pets and food are not allowed in the gardens.  If special access such as a wheelchair is required, let us know in advance so that we can advise the leader on accommodations.

 

5. The drives that lead to Thuya Garden and the Abby Garden are narrow, one-lane roads.  They cannot accommodate buses. Tour groups must arrange for smaller vans to transport people to these two gardens.

Accessibility at the Preserve
Accessible parking is available at each of our three gardens. There are sections of each garden that are accessible by wheelchair. For questions or for more information about the Preserve's accessibility, please email info@gardenpreserve.org

 
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Land & Garden Preserve
PO Box 208
Seal Harbor, ME 04675

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