United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Cranberry Isles
Moss Garden (Cranberry Isles, Maine)
This three-acre garden has been under development since 1971 and is located on an island near Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine. Deer and a lack of water other than rainfall are but two of the challenges that the garden's owner has had to confront. Most of the garden is within an eight-foot fence. One border outside the fence contains "deer proof" plantings, while the focal point of the site is a vegetable and cutting garden approximately 25 by 50 feet. Although this area is watered, in the remainder of the garden plants must survive without supplemental watering. Unique sculpture, garden ornaments, and ancillary buildings create additional areas of interest amidst the plantings.
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The Garden Club of Mount Desert facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Patricia Corbin, Gardens of Earthly Delight (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1985)
Garden has been featured in "War of the Roses," Downeast (June 1992)
Garden has been featured in Mary Tonetti Dorra, Beautiful American Vegetable Gardens (New York: Clarkson Potter, 1997)
Garden has been featured in "Artist in Residence" in "Country Gardens," Better Homes and Gardens (Fall 2006)
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