Sam Putnam, the grandson of Anne Kozak of Bar Harbor, helps clean the brook at Acadia National Park’s Wild Gardens of Acadia. Kozak and Susan Leiter will talk about their new book, “The Wild Gardens of Acadia” (Arcadia Publishing), at an event at College of the Atlantic on July 25.

Acadia’s Wild Gardens talk set



BAR HARBOR — A beautiful new collection of photographs and remembrances of Acadia National Park’s Wild Gardens of Acadia, written by two longtime friends, volunteers and supporters of the gardens, will be presented by the authors at College of the Atlantic on July 25.

Anne Kozak, director of COA’s writing center, and Sue Leiter, a retired school library media specialist, will discuss their work on Wild Gardens of Acadia at COA’s Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center from 5-7 p.m. The special Acadia Centennial event is co-hosted by Friends of Acadia.

Founded in 1961 at Acadia’s Sieur de Monts Spring, the Wild Gardens display, preserve, propagate and label native plants in areas simulating natural plant communities. 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 and Leiter have volunteered together in the gardens since the early 1970s, and over the years, both have served key roles managing, fundraising and working with plants.

All proceeds from the sale of “The Wild Gardens of Acadia” will benefit the endowment for the Wild Gardens at Friends of Acadia.

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