United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Mount Desert, Northeast Harbor
The Tennis Court Garden (Northeast Harbor, Maine)
This garden is situated on a former tennis court at the edge of a quiet cove. It is a cutting garden with flowers, herbs and vegetables. Because of deer in the area, a 12 foot high cedar fence was designed to enclose the garden. Three large "windows" in the fence with "curtains' of sweet peas frame the cove view. Narrow vertical openings along the fence provide ventilation and enticing previews of the garden within. Granite steps, cut into a grassy bank, lead down to the garden and have a railing of rustic cedar branches. The beds are laid out in geometric shapes. The center aisle, flanked with beds of poppies and lavender, leads to a large earthenware jar. This jar, a replica of those found in many old Bar Harbor gardens, is centered in front of one of the fence "windows." In all the beds perennials, annuals, vegetables, and herbs intermingle in happy and colorful profusion. Cut birch branches supply a subtle support for taller plants.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: the Vaughn family (former owners, 1894-1941); Elizabeth Flagler Harris (former owner, 1941-1966); and Timothy King (gardener).
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The Mount Desert Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and a plant list.
Garden has been featured in Lynn Karlin and Rebecca Sawyer-Fay, Gardens Maine Style (Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 2001)
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