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Alexandra's Cottage, 1890-2004

Landscape architect:
Chassé, Patrick
Former owner:
Fulton, Abby M. d. 1911
Physical description:
1 folder+ 9 35 mm. slides (photographs); 1 photographic print
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Southwest Harbor
Southwest Harbor
Alexandra's Cottage (Southwest Harbor, Maine)
Built in the late 1880s, the Queen Anne style Alexandra's Cottage, was designed as a fashionable summer retreat. The property has had many owners over the years, with the current ones assuming custody in 1991. At that time they engaged landscape architect Patrick Chassé to help in the development of the gardens. Surrounded by a spruce forest, the property includes native plantings (blueberry, huckleberry, bunchberry, and ferns) as well as a large sunken terrace with multiple perennial beds overlooking Southwest Harbor. A unique feature of the design is the main entry court at the front of the house, which includes a bluestone platform topped by numerous trough gardens, bonsai, and potted succulents. A netted fence around the entire property provides protection from deer.
Persons associated with the site and garden include Patrick Chassé (landscape architect, 1991 to date) and Abby M. Fulton (former owner, 1887-1911).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles and other historical information about the property and former owner Abby M. Fulton, brochures from garden open days featuring the property, and additional information.
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Archives of American Gardens

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