Anne Kozak and Susan Leiter will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on June 16 to talk about their book, "The Wild Gardens of Acadia." IMAGE COURTESY OF THE JESUP

‘Wild Gardens’ authors to speak at Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Anne Kozak and Susan Leiter will be at the Jesup Memorial Library for an author talk and to sign their book, “The Wild Gardens of Acadia,” on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m.

Kozak and Leiter have been volunteering at the Wild Gardens of Acadia since the 1970s. Founded in 1961 at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park, the Wild Gardens of Acadia display, preserve and label native plants. The gardens, which originated from a competition sponsored by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, continue to be developed and maintained by volunteers in partnership with Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park. Each of the gardens’ 13 habitats, ranging from mountain to beach to bog to deciduous and coniferous woods, displays plants native to the park. Since the founding, countless park visitors have come to the gardens to identify plants they have seen on walks or hikes or to learn more about cultivating native plants.

Kozak began volunteering at the gardens 1973. She initially worked in many of the gardens’ habitats, and with Leiter, developed plantings along the stream bordering the Wild Gardens. But for the last 15 years, she has worked to secure funding for the gardens and to ensure their long-term viability.

Leiter has volunteered in the Wild Gardens of Acadia for over 40 years, and for 22 of those years, she served as the co-chair. In that capacity, she coordinated the work of volunteers, supervised the work of student interns and acted as a liaison between the students and other committee members. In the early ‘80s, Leiter worked to bring leaders from the Garden in the Woods to the gardens to solicit their advice; later she worked with Kozak and others to develop a long-term management plan for the gardens.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the Jesup. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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