Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden, 2007-2008
Riddell, Bruce John
Garden Club of Mount Desert
2 folders+ 15 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Southwest Harbor
Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden (Southwest Harbor, Maine)
Charlotte Rhoades Park is a charming small park that borders on an inlet of Frenchman's Bay and is located in the "back yard" of a small New England farmhouse that once belonged to its namesake. There is a modest visitors' parking area, a green lawn with picnic facilities, benches, and swings on the left side, and a butterfly garden on the right side. The butterfly garden was established in 1998 to promote conservation, education, and gardening instruction in the community. Volunteers work throughout the season with schoolchildren and adults to learn about butterfly habitat and observation. The garden layout, designed by Bar Harbor landscape architect Bruce John Riddell, is suggestive of butterfly wings. Gravel paths wander down toward the shore around garden beds packed with plants that have been carefully chosen because of their attractiveness to butterflies.
Persons associated with the garden include Bruce John Riddell (landscape architect, 1995 to date) and Robert Breeden (sculptor, 2008).
The folders include worksheets, site plans (including one with plant names), copies of a brochure and articles about the garden, and additional information.
Garden has been featured in Eleanor Dwight, "A Garden Takes Wing," Victoria, August 2002, pp. 24-25
Garden has been featured in James A. Baggett, "Noah's Garden," Perennials (Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication), Summer 2006, pp. 56-63