A 1921 trip to China and a tour of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines inspired Abby and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., to create the garden at Eyrie on the western hill of Seal Harbor. Beatrix Farrand, a fellow Mount Desert Island resident, was hired to design it. Lavish flower gardens and Western influences coexist with Eastern material objects. The garden is enclosed by a rose-colored serpentine wall capped with yellow tiles salvaged from a demolished section of wall around China's Forbidden City. The Spirit Path is lined with Korean tomb "procession" figures. The use of native shrubs and ground covers soften the stone sculptures. A lawn is the center of the sunken garden.
Persons associated with the garden and property include: Abby Aldrich and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (former owners, ca. 1928-1948); Beatrix Jones Farrand (landscape architect); and Robert W. Patterson (landscape architect).
The folder includes a worksheet, slide script, brochures, and copies of articles.
Garden featured in Paula Deitz, "The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden," House and Garden (February 1985), p. 116
Garden featured in Elaine Kasmer, "Recalling Summer's Splender: Three Gardens in Maine," The Horticultural Society of Maryland Newsletter (winter 2000/2001), pp. 3, 6