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Serene and beautiful park near Acadia National Park

We happened along this garden when going from Acadia National Park to the Bass Harbor Head... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2019
Nancy T
United States
Beautiful year round even on a rainy day

This garden was gorgeous. Loved walking on the paths and seeing various plants. Although we were... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2018
Nashville, Tennessee
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The Asticou Azalea Garden shows some resemblance to a Japanese stroll garden but one that was designed for a coastal Maine setting. The garden is meant to inspire serenity and reflection and creates an illusion of space – of lakes and mountains and...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Asticou Way, Seal Harbor and Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04662
+1 207-276-3727
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

We happened along this garden when going from Acadia National Park to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. What a beautiful place! We were there in the fall, so there weren't a ton of flowers in bloom (mostly anenomes), but the trees were gorgeous. There is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

This garden was gorgeous. Loved walking on the paths and seeing various plants. Although we were here in the fall I know it’s amazing in every season!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

If you are in the area this is a nice place to spend some time. Not a large garden but very well done and maintained. Donation based entry. Does have a restroom. Easy and flat for older visitors. Easy parking. Very much worth your time.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

We were there at the height of the color change. It is amazing. And, you can tell from the grounds that the people responsible for the garden take very good care of it. Also, enjoyed the diversity of the parts of the garden, including the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AlandDiane
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Designed by a local garden enthusiast in the early 20th C, this is a lovely Japanese style garden around a lake near the Asticou Inn. There is a dedicated free parking lot on the north side and recommended entrance fee is $5.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

We came upon the beautiful Asticou Azalea Garden by accident while touring near Northeast Harbor. This is easily the most thoughtfully designed Japanese garden we have seen outside of Japan. Everything is meticulously cared for and the garden features unique specimen azaleas and estate rhododendrons....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

Strolling through here such a treat, even visiting outside of Azalea Season! Make sure too to cross the street (carefully!) and climb up to Thuya Gardens! Views from up top magnificent.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

We had the opportunity to spend some quiet time enjoying the Asticou Gardens. The plantings are well maintained; the water features are peaceful. We especially enjoyed the Japanese sand garden with the raking patterns visible in the sand. Really liked that you can enter at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Irene S
Reviewed September 18, 2018

This garden just keeps getting better. I remember from decades ago when it was modest. Now it is remarkable. Most significant is the peacefulness. Plan to sit and find relaxation surrounding you.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Only a few flowers in bloom this time of year, e.g. Japanese Turtlehead. The Asian-inspired landscaping and plantings are still awesome. Very serene even though a road is nearby. Pictures of this azalea garden in full bloom are spectacular, so I'd say May could be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
I suspect there will be significant bloom at this time but this is such a delightful garden tat a visit would be worthwhile at any time. When I visited there was little in flower but that didn't reduce the experience though... More