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Bide-A-While, 2012

Day, Frank Miles
Former owner:
Ketterlinus, John Louis
Marburg, Theodore
Landscape architect:
Bracale, Dennis
Physical description:
1 folder+ 25 digital images
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Maine, Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor
Bide-A-While (Bar Harbor, Maine)
Bide-A-While is a garden located on a 4.96 acres with a historic cottage situated the shore of Frenchman's Bay. This shingle style "cottage," designed by Frank Miles Day of Philadelphia, with Frederick L. Savage, supervising architect, was built of cedar shingles and Mount Desert granite in 1896 for Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Ketterlinus of Philadelphia. Mr. Ketterlinus owned a family lithography firm and Mrs. Ketterlinus was the daughter of one of John D. Rockefeller's original partners. The second owner was Theodore Marburg, Ambassador to Belgium.
Ostrich ferns are planted on each side of the winding driveway. To the left, in the foundation of the carriage house, are vegetables and special lettuces planted in an ornamental manner. Beyond is a rose garden planted primarily with David Austen roses, under-planted with perennial geraniums. A tea house overlooks the backyard's expansive lawn. There is a small shade garden under a stand of fir and golden chain trees. There are more than sixteen golden chain trees on the property. There are still many spruce trees over 100 years old on the property, even after a spruce bark beetle infestation in the area. Originally, as large white potted hydrangeas were placed near the entrance to the house, Annabelle hydrangeas, currently, have a large presence with various species of viburnum planted in borders which are reminiscent of the original Victorian moon garden.
There is a shaded path meandering through the woods, with remnants of a pool, a stream, and an old Italianate garden. The most notable plantings on the property are the perennial and annual borders that lead to the rocky seashore. The borders are reminiscent of the islands viewed from the long porch with the lawn representing Frenchman's Bay. A granite bench, found in pieces in the woods, now had a prominent place near a large Lunaform pot that draws the eyes to the hills of Gouldsboro. A number of Solderholtz urns, planters, and a bird bath provide additional accents.
See also Kenarden.
Persons associated with the garden include: J.L Ketterlinus (former owner, 1896), Theodore Mayburg (former owner, no dates), Louis Wolfe (former owner, 1976-1980), Trudy Sabol (garden designer, 2003-2011), Whitney Granholm (garden designer, 2012- ) and Dennis Bracale of Gardens By Design (restoration landscape architect, 2003), Frank Miles Day (architect, 1894-1896), Fred Savage (supervising architect, 1894-1896).
The folder includes worksheets garden maps, photocopies of images and other information.
Garden has been featured in "Shingle Style Maine" by Dan Cooper in Period Homes, May 2007
Garden has been featured in Keebler, Patricia Lawson Heintzelman, "The Life and Work of Frank Miles Day" University of Delaware, Phd. Dissertation
Garden has been featured in Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Augusta Maine/ University of Delaware 1980, under Bide-A-While and/or J.L. Ketterlinus
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