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Former owner:
Prentis, Henry M.  Search this
Coles, Edward  Search this
Coles, Mary R.  Search this
Pearce, John  Search this
Landscape architect:
Chassé, Patrick  Search this
Soderholtz, Eric E.  Search this
Garden Club of Mount Desert  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Archival materials
Aldersea (Bar Harbor, Maine)
United States of America -- Maine -- Bar Harbor
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets.
A nine acre property with woodlands and an ocean view has a modern, geometric style house built in the 1970s, replacing a 19th century summer house. The garden designed by landscape architect Patrick Chassé surrounds the house and terrace, with a manageably sized lawn, adding color but also complimenting the house's lines and angles. This semi-formal garden is enclosed in a wooden fence with a decorative gate. Features include an antique birdbath and large jar made by Maine potter Eric Ellis Soderholtz and a small round pool cut into the terrace with sculptures of bronze herons. Across the driveway there is a large cutting garden enclosed by deer fencing. Adironadack chairs are scattered on the lawn on the ocean side of the house, with a view of Cromwell Cove and the wildflower garden that separates the lawn from the beach.
Persons associated with the garden include: Henry M. Prentis (former owner, circa 1860); Edward Coles and Molly Coles (former owners, late 1860s and circa 1900-circa 1943); Jackson Laboratory (former owners, 1943-1963); John Pearce (architect, 1973); Patrick Chassé (landscape architect, 1990-1992); Eric Ellis Soderholtz (sculptor).
Related Materials:
Aldersea related holdings consist of 2 folder (2 lantern slides; 27 digital images)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Gardens -- Maine -- Bar Harbor  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
AAG.GCA, File ME010
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Maine
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens