BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Asticou and Thuya

A couple of weeks ago we were in Northeast Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, to revisit two fabulous gardens, Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden, both masterpieces by Charles Savage. He utilized material salvaged from the dismantled Bar Harbor garden of Beatrix Farrand,  and financed by the Rockefellers, no less. Savage was a native of Mount Desert, whose family ran the Asticou Inn (Northeast Harbor, still operating), and while he rarely left the island, and had little eduction, was a remarkable man and a garden genius. Here are some stills from Asticou.

The entance to the garden. Already you know that wonders lie ahead, with a Japanese influence but completely individual and of Maine.

the Japanese influence is particularly evident in the sand garden.

The paths are laid with marvelous crushed pink granite, and carefully selected Maine stones.

There is a stream and pond.

The layering and pruning is superb. 

Here are some videos too.

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