The Wild Gardens Early History
For the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s contribution to the 2016 Centennial Celebration of Acadia National Park, the Garden Club conducted interviews with Club and community members who had been involved in the early development of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
The Wild Gardens began as a project initiated in the early 1960’s by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, spearheaded by garden club members Betty Thorndike, past president of the Garden Club (1956 – 1959), Janet TenBroeck, and Betty Owens. Although George Dorr was the ideological founder of the Wild Gardens, it was the women in the Garden Club who brought these gardens to fruition.
The Bar Harbor Garden Club, an approved Acadia Centennial Partner, is pleased to now offer the "Wild Gardens Memories", a selection of excerpts from interviews with individuals who shared their love and recollections of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
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2017 Community Events
- Earth Day TBD
- Arbor Day TBD
- Memorial Day A Ceremony at the Blue Star Memorial Marker, 1/3 mile from the head of MDI on Route 3
- Bar Harbor Garden Tour July 22
Club Supported Projects
- Beatrix Farrand Garden
- Blue Star Memorial Marker
- COA Project Canopy
- Butterfly Garden at Charlotte Rhodes Park
- Harbor House Children’s Garden
- Pemetic Elementary School
- Tremont Consolidated School
- Historical Society Heirloom Garden
- Land and Garden Preserve
- Valentine Tray Favors
- Wild Gardens of Acadia
- Youth Activities
Book Donations to Local Elementary Schools
Dr. Marc E. Gousse, Superintendent of the Mount Desert Regional School System, accepts copies of “THE FRIGHTENED FROG, An Environmental Tale” from Pamela Bowie, BHGC Youth Activities Chairperson. Learn more . . .