The gardens at Garland Farm, headquarters of the Beatrix Farrand Society, include a new pollinator garden. ISLANDER PHOTOS BY BECKY PRITCHARD

Garland Farm open Thursdays

BAR HARBOR — Garland Farm, where landscape designer Beatrix Farrand lived the last few years of her life, is open to the public on Thursday afternoons through the month of September. The farm is located at 475 Bay View Drive in Bar Harbor.

Farrand (1872-1959) designed more than 100 private and public landscapes, including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor. Visitors can learn about Farrand and tour the house and gardens every Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.


A tour of the gardens at Garland Farm.

Also on display is an exhibition of Farrand’s herbarium vouchers, or plant and flower specimens. This year’s exhibit showcases images of the herbarium vouchers alongside watercolor paintings by botanist/artist Kate Furbish.

“Both made significant contributions to their fields, and dedicated themselves to studying, and educating others, about Maine’s native plants,” organizers of the exhibit said in statement.

She developed her herbarium to document the plants of Reef Point, her Bar Harbor home, and to educate students about plant identification and use. The remaining 938 of her herbarium vouchers are now part of the University of California’s herbaria.

Kate Furbish (1834-1931) travelled to every Maine county and collected more than 8,000 botanical specimens, now housed at Harvard University. From her field sketches and her live and pressed plant samples, Furbish created some 1,300 meticulously detailed botanical watercolor illustrations, known collectively as Maine Flora. The originals are part of Bowdoin College Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

For more information, contact 581-2937 or [email protected]. Visit

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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