Marina landscape approved



MOUNT DESERT — A landscape plan for the Northeast Harbor Marina area was approved by the Board of Selectmen Monday night.

The board also voted to use $20,000 in leftover contingency funds from the 2011-2012 marina redevelopment project for the beautification project.

The idea of planting trees, shrubs and groundcover around the marina buildings and making other aesthetic improvements originated with the Garden Club of Mount Desert.

The garden club and the Summer Residents Association each have pledged $10,000 for the project.

Williams Irrigation Systems of Ellsworth is donating an irrigation system for the plantings, according to Ellie Andrews, co-chairman of civic projects for the garden club.

A.C. Parsons Landscaping and Garden Center has offered discounts on plant material and labor.

Landscape architect Bruce Riddell is working with the garden club and the town on the project.

The town’s acceptance of the two $10,000 gifts and the irrigation system requires the approval of voters at town meeting in May. Assuming that approval is given, Andrews said work on the project likely would start in September.

She said previously that the beautification project would enhance the ongoing effort to revitalize Northeast Harbor. “It will attract boaters, tourists and local townspeople and overall give everyone a much better visitor experience.”

Andrews told the selectmen on Monday that she sees the marina landscape project as “a step toward connecting Main Street and the harbor area.”

She said the trees and other plants selected for the marina area will be as deer-proof as possible.

“There will be some cinnamon ferns and hay-scented ferns, which deer don’t like, as well as huckleberry and low-bush blueberry,” she said.

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