A Rainy Visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine (July, 2014)
Weeks before we flew to Maine in July, 2014, I reserved a two hour time slot to see this amazing garden. The rain that morning did not deter us from visiting, but it made getting shots and keeping my camera dry a challenge. The Slideshow of the Album is a roughly chronological record of a 90 minute exploration.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden is a private garden in Seal Harbor, Maine that was built by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her husband, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the 1920’s. The garden was designed by Beatrix Farrand and blends Eastern and Western landscape traditions in a summer season display. Framed by a pink-washed stucco wall topped with glazed tiles from China, the garden features a circular moon gate and woodland walk flanked by Oriental tomb figures.
The garden that is generally open one day a week in late July, August, and early September to allow garden enthusiasts a chance to enjoy its beauty. The number of visitors on open garden days is limited to protect the quality of each visitor’s experience and the well being of the garden.
(If you click on the album itself, the SLIDESHOW will run the images in chronological order - go to the album:
then rightclick on the first icon in the top right corner, a rectangle with an arrow in the middle, select "Open Link in New Window", and the slide show should run in the old fashioned simple way without the silly special effects - you can make it FullScreen too - don't you just love the "new improved" Flickr?)
"The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden sits atop a wooded bluff in the Maine village of Seal Harbor. With its Spirit Path and English-style flower garden, it is an unusual blend of Western and Eastern elements.
A 1921 trip to China and a tour of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines inspired Abby and John D. Rockefeller Jr. to create the garden at their 100-room, Tudor-style "cottage," the Eyrie. They hired fellow Mount Desert Island resident Beatrix Farrand to design it.
Like Frances Hodgdon Burnett's "The Secret Garden," the Rockefeller Garden has a magical quality. It is enclosed by a rose-colored serpentine wall capped with yellow tiles salvaged from a demolished section of wall around China's Forbidden City. The Spirit Path is lined with Korean tombstone figures and its edges softened by native shrubs and ground covers. A pool of lawn is the center of the sunken garden. This green island is bordered by lavish beds of perennial flowers.
While the Rockefeller Garden is among Farrand's finest work, she is best known for designing the Dumbarton Oaks gardens in Washington, D.C., the East and West gardens at the White House, and the rose garden at the New York Botanical Garden."