A moon gate in a wall at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden frames a golden Buddha statue. The garden will be open to the public by reservation twice weekly this summer. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LAND & GARDEN PRESERVE

Rockefeller Garden to expand visitation

MOUNT DESERT — The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden will be open for visits by reservation twice weekly this year instead of once as in past years, according to a press release from the Land & Garden Preserve.

For many years, the Rockefeller family opened the garden to the public each Thursday in the summer. After the bequest of the garden to The Land & Garden Preserve by David Rockefeller Sr., the preserve decided to increase access to the garden “while upholding the historical high standards of operation. Sustaining the beautiful, peaceful, contemplative space that the Rockefeller family cultivated for decades will be a priority,” said the press release.

From July 10 through Sept. 6, the Abby Garden will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. In addition to the walled garden, visitors will have access to the Eyrie Terrace, the former home site of John D. Jr. and Abby Rockefeller. The terrace provides a view of the outer islands and the Atlantic beyond them.

Reservations are required. Tickets cost $15 per person and $10 per person for year-round MDI residents, full-time students, active military and seniors (65 and older). Children under age 12 are admitted free but require a reservation.

Beginning June 1, reservations and ticket purchases can be made through the preserve’s website at www.gardenpreserve.org.

A new preserve-wide membership program will be offered in the fall. The program will include membership benefits for all the preserve’s properties, including the Abby Garden, the Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden and Asticou Terraces and Little Long Pond lands and trails.

The Land & Garden Preserve is a nonprofit organization located in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor. The preserve’s mission is to share the beauty of historic lands and gardens on Mount Desert Island. The lands and gardens managed by the preserve are open to the public. Contact the preserve at 276-3727 or gardenpreserve.org.

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