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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 and park near the entrances. The two gardens are a 15-minute walk from each other along Route 3.

 

While the two gardens are free of charge and open to the public, a $5 per person entrance donation is suggested at each garden. 

Asticou Azalea Garden

CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SEASON

Open May 5 – October 31, 2021

Seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.*

Member hours: Monday - Friday 9-10 a.m.


3 Sound Drive

Northeast Harbor, ME  04662

On the corner of Rte. 3 and Rte. 198

in Northeast Harbor

Thuya Garden

CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SEASON

Open June 23 – October 3, 2021

Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.*

Member hours: Saturday 9-11 a.m.

15 Thuya Drive

Northeast Harbor, ME  04662

* Gardens will close at 5 p.m. in September and October

Tips for Visiting
 

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

  • Parking is limited. If the lot is full, please return later. The gardens tend to be busiest at mid-day.

  • A public restroom is available.

  • Respect signs indicating private areas.

  • 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.

  • Limit cell phone conversations and picnicking to outside the garden area.

  • RV's, buses, and large trucks are not permitted on Thuya Drive. It is a one-lane, road with no ability to turn around. Use pull-offs to let oncoming cars pass.

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

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Open July 14 – September 12, 2021

Timed Ticketing 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

By reservation only.

CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SEASON.

Tips for Visiting

  • 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 respect signs indicating private areas. 

  • 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. 

  • Public restrooms are available onsite. 

  • Limit cell phone conversations to outside the garden area.

  • Picnicking is not permitted 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, on the Preserve's Facebook page, and will be the outgoing message on 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. 

Guidelines for Dog Owners

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 all year round during daylight hours and are perfect for the whole family to walk, hike, and explore.

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

  • There are 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.