Open Days at Garland Farm; Thursday afternoons June 21-Sept 13

Garland Farm, last home of renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (photo credit: Carolyn Hollenbeck)
Garland Farm, last home of renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (photo credit: Carolyn Hollenbeck)
Posted June 05, 2012, at 2:46 p.m.

Thursday, June 21 to Thursday, September 13, 2012; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Open Days at Garland Farm, 475 Bay View Drive, Bar Harbor, Maine

Contact: Lois Berg Stack; 207-581-2949


Learn about an important part of Maine’s garden history! The Beatrix Farrand Society will host 13 Open Days at Garland Farm in summer 2012. Open Days allow Mount Desert Island residents and guests to visit the last home and gardens of prominent landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959). The house and gardens will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm each Thursday, June 21 through September 13, 2012.

Gardeners can learn much about color, texture, plant selection and design from Farrand’s Terrace Garden, recently restored to rave reviews. Garland Farm’s library holds many volumes of interest to gardeners, historians, botanists and designers. The grounds feature plants prized by Farrand, elegant garden features, and glimpses into Mount Desert’s past. A special exhibit that includes a painting of the Satterlee Garden, along with photographs and drawings of this early Farrand design, will be on display starting July 5. The Satterlee Garden, which Farrand designed in 1916, was partially destroyed in the 1947 fire.

There is no cost to visit Garland Farm on Open Days, but donations are welcome. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, and printed guides to the house and gardens will be available. Individuals and small groups are welcome, but due to parking restrictions we cannot accommodate busses and RVs.

Garland Farm is located at 475 Bay View Drive, Bar Harbor ME. From the island bridge, drive east on Route 3 toward Bar Harbor, approximately two miles. Turn left on Bay View Drive, then immediately turn left into the parking area. Follow the footpath to the barn. From Bar Harbor, travel north on Route 3. After passing through Salisbury Cove, turn right on Bay View Drive (6.8 miles beyond College of the Atlantic), then immediately left into the parking area. Please do not park on Bay View Drive. Accessible parking is available with advance notice; please call 207-288-0237.

For more information about Garland Farm and other Beatrix Farrand Society events, visit