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Asticou Azalea Sand Garden Restoration

The Sand Garden Restoration offers a unique opportunity for historic preservation, organizational continuity, and the inspired engagement of future generations of garden visitors, designers and historians.


A distinctive highlight of the Asticou Azalea Garden stroll and an integral element of its landscape, the Sand Garden was designed by Charles K. Savage and built in 1958 using plants from Beatrix Farrand’s Reef Point Estate. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. funded a portion of the project.


The Sand Garden has been lovingly cared for by Mary Roper, Head Gardener at the Asticou Azalea Garden for the past three decades. In 2019, Mary celebrated her 30th year working at the Azalea Garden. 

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