Asticou Azalea Garden is located in Northeast Harbor, ME on Mt. Desert Island. It was built in 1956 by a lifelong resident named Charles Savage. The inspiration came out of a desire to preserve plants that were being dismantle from a garden at nearby Reef Point Estate. Mr. Savage received financial support from John D. Rockefeller in order to purchase the plants and start the garden. The azalea garden is modeled after a Japanese stroll garden that incorporates many plants native to Maine. Most of the paths through the garden are raked each morning. It gives really serene effect as you walk along the garden paths. It’s amazing to see all the different varieties of azaleas, each in various states of bloom. A trip to this garden is a highly recommended stop on your journey along the coast of Maine. Please click a photo below to view a larger image.