United States of America, Maine, Hancock, Northeast Harbor
Blair Glen (Northeast Harbor, Maine)
Located in a mossy glen of a northeastern spruce forest the gardens of this one-acre property reflect Asian design concepts as well as utilizing native materials. The contemporary tripartite house encloses a courtyard garden with a pond and waterfall inspired by Daisen-in, a 16th century Japanese garden. Seen through antique Chinese carved wooden screens and many windows the courtyard and stroll gardens bring the forest into the house. Japanese maples planted on either side of the courtyard circa 2003 have grown and been trained to merge or pleach overhead to form a canopy. River birch, white birch, dogwood, serviceberry and hemlock were planted around the house. The property is on a granite ledge and had many of its own moss and lichen covered rocks that were augmented by native specimens retrieved from abandoned quarries. Twice a year a blower is used to clear fallen twigs and pine needles from the moss floor in the spruce forest, and once a year the moss is sprayed with a buttermilk mixture to encourage growth. A folly built from mossy fieldstones can be found in the spruce forest. Crushed granite walkways lead to the house and through the woodlands garden.
Persons associated with the garden include Dennis Bracale (landscape architect, 2002- ).
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