One of the places that we visited in Maine last month was the Thuya Gardens. The beautiful Gardens are located On Mount Desert Island. Located in Northeast Harbor, they surround the Thuya Lodge, the once summer home of Joseph H Curtis. The gardens were built and designed by Charles Savage. The gardens were inspired by English style. They are very beautiful, a great place to spend a Summer afternoon.
It has always been one of our favorite places to visit on the island. We discovered it several years ago, and have visited ever since. We parked down on the road, and made our slow way upward. The path leading up to the lodge is beautiful. Stairways were built right into the slope. There are also places to stop and look out over Northeast Harbor. There are Benches that look down the hill and out over the water. The path winds up between the natural features of the island. You move around rocks and large trees, and sloping banks. It is an incredible place to be. And this is just the beginning.
We made it to the top of the path and moved further into the forest. Near the peak of the hill the path moves around the lodge. We were surprised, because the Lodge was open. In all the years we had been coming we had never been able to get an inside look at the lodge. We took the opportunity and cautiously went inside. The inside of the Lodge was absolutely stunning. It was built in a rustic manner, yet had beautiful elements of architecture. The building is full of beautiful offices and sitting rooms. With its simple interior, it feels comfortable immediately.
Next up was the gardens. We walked past the flower beds, admiring the beautiful plants. There are so many flowers that you cannot possibly photograph all of them. Large buds of all colors assail your eyes. The constant hum of bees follows you as you tour the garden. In many ways it reminded me of one of the grand estate gardens you would see in Europe. The well manicured grass fits in perfectly between the flower beds. There is also a pond, and paths that lead all around the garden.
The capstone of the garden are the gates. These wooden gates are carved with panels that have all kinds of natural elements. They are an incredible work of art.
The Thuya Gardens are an incredible place, and If you are on Mount Desert Island they are a must see!