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“A steep climb to paradise”

Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden
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New York
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A steep climb to paradise”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

This is an almost perfect garden, in setting, intent and execution. The design is simple but compelling. I particularly loved the various small red-roofed pavilions. Thuya Lodge next door is also very interesting - I spent a wet but delightful morning browsing the old gardening books, and looking out at the empty garden. Because of the elevation, it's also very quiet, and the surroundings are also beautiful. Superb stone paths, and just the right plant-urns. Only 2 minor criticisms. First, the best view of the reflecting pool is from the far end of the garden, but one must creep through the overgrown low branches of an evergreen tree and crouch underneath: there should be an accessible bench at this point. Second, one should not be able to see the watering hoses in the flower beds: the planting needs to be denser, and more carefully arranged by height etc.
It's difficult to believe that Savage created these 2 magnificent gardens (i.e. also the Asticou Azalea Garden) with no formal training and over little more than a year.
Also nearby, and interesting and with strong connections to Thuya and Asticou, but more difficult to visit, and less beautiful, is the Rockefeller garden.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Inspiration for gardeners”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

There is a very steep walk up steps and slopes from the road, but once you get to the top it is worth it. The house that belonged to Mr. Curtis who willed this property for public enjoyment is a fine example of arts and crafts design. The gardens are a riot of colour and variety. If you can't face the climb down, there is a path through the woods behind the gardens which takes you back to the road.

Visited September 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A gem near Acadia”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stopped by as an afterthought, having spent most of the week in Acadia & visiting Lighthouses up & down the coast. Not far from the Asticou Azalaea gardens is a parking lot for Thuya & Asticou Terrace. Diaganally across from the parking lot are stairs to climb Thuya to get to the flower gardens on top.There are beautiful views of the harbor as you climb stone stairs weaving back & forth across the hillside. The flower gardens were full of color with butterflies & hummingbirds in abundance. A $5 fee is asked to be put in a box( using the honor system). A very beautiful spot placed beside the scenic wonder of Acadia. A little piece of heaven!

Visited September 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Not worth the trip”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Thuya gardens were a comedown after the Japanese Azalea garden. The flowers were nice, but little thought to design.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Take the 1/4 mile hike up unless you can't.”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

My wife and I visited this last week and were stunned to find a delightful path up from the parking lot beside the road. The views of Northeast Harbor are wonderful. Mr. Curtis' house is a well preserved treasure. The docent was informative but not pushy. The garden full of spectacular plants, butterflies and hummingirds is perfectly groomed and lovely. Well worth the $5 suggested donation to the trust.

Visited September 2012
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