United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Mount Desert
Town of Mount Desert
Fantasy Island (Mount Desert, Maine)
Fantasy Island relies on the natural elements of the surrounding woodlands, but uses a formal plan. This organic garden depends on the heavy use of forest sod, blueberry, bunchberry, and huckleberry. The many "rooms" and vistas are used for contemplation and renewal. The owner incorporated a large sculpture collection, objects and use of stone and water features. An Austrian carriage house, dasha, Portuguese pool house, gothic tower, and a Moorish gazebo are some of the other unusual features and buildings on the property. The owners' idea for the garden is to celebrate Maine; and "to also amuse and intrigue [the visitor] with endless variety of ways to see and and enjoy the property."
Person(s) associated with the garden include(s): Kathy Van Gorder (landscape designer and gardener, 1997-present); George Scandone (landscape designer, 1997-present).
The folders includes a work sheet and site map.
Garden featured in Mary Alice Roche, "A Perfect Dooryard Garden," Flower Grower, (April 1962), pp. 35-36 and 61-62
Garden featured in Virginia Small, "Design Lessons from a Small Space," Fine Gardening, No. 91 (June 2003), pp. 67-70
Garden featured in Wendy Moonan, "Through the Trees," in Architectural Digest, June 2005, pp. 241-247 and 253