United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Seal Harbor
Treetops (Seal Harbor, Maine)
Treetops is situated on Mt. Desert Island, near Acadia National Park. Although the house dates to 1895, the 2.5 acre garden included in this documentation was developed primarily between 1993 and 2006, when the property was sold. Concentric circles around the "cottage" exemplified the garden's multiple personalities. An outer perimeter included planted woodland, century-old rockwork, 10-foot hemlock hedges, groomed moss, wildflowers, lawns, and natural granite outcroppings. From here one moved into a shrubbery of old rhododendrons, mature Rosa rugosa, clethra, hydrangeas, and flowers shaded by silver birches and stately spruces. Then came grass, granite, and pine-needle paths leading into a more intimate circle of herbaceous borders, and a sunken garden, a white garden, and a container garden ending in a colorful cutting garden. Closer to the house were rose beds, perennials, shrubs, and ferns, while a wraparound porch with ocean views was punctuated by a variety of containers and topiaries. Of special note, the sunken garden, with its "Hearts of Stone" parterre, was installed on the site of a ballroom torn down in the 1930s, and was designed as a formal checkerboard using squares of pink granite, pea gravel, and Nepeta faassenii, along with 'Chianti', a large bush rose with black-magenta blossoms.
Persons associated with the garden include Jane Foster (former owner, 1993-2006); Fitzgerald Hudson (former owner, 1983-1993); William Adams Brown (former owner, 1895-1930s); Patrick Chassé (landscape architect, 1988); and Deborah Cough (gardener, 1992 to date).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, a plant list, a photocopied article, and additional information about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Nancy D'Oench, The Fine Art of Flower Arranging (New York: Harry N. Abrams, in association with the Garden Club of America, 2002)