This is the best time to see the best flowers at one of the best gardens. We're in beautiful Thuya Garden, overlooking Northeast Harbor on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. The English-style Garden will be officially open daily through October, but the historic Thuya Lodge will close for the season next week. (The garden area is accessible through paths and side gates all year.)

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The tourists are now at a minimum and the late summer blossoms are at their maximum – especially the specimen Dahlias.

The granite-ledged hillside trails now offer uncrowded views of the sparkling Harbor through the many White Cedar Trees (Thuya occidentalis) for which the Garden was named.

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Butterflies are still everywhere, including Monarchs and Painted Ladies.

The Lodge was constructed over several years for Joseph H. Curtis, a Boston landscape architect; it was completed in 1916. It is a small, simple building with a fine library of esoteric garden and landscape titles on the second-floor. It has no spectacular view, but it does have character.

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The Garden, built mostly in an orchard near the Lodge, came much later. It was designed and built by Charles K. Savage, a Northeast Harbor civic leader, during the years 1956-1961. The Garden was influenced by the works of legendary landscape architect Beatrix Farrand and contains many plants bought from her when, in her eighties, she had to sell off her famous garden in nearby Bar Harbor.

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(Northeast Harbor, Maine)

For larger versions of the above images, as well as additional images of Thuya Garden in the Fall, click on the link below. (We recommend that your initial viewing be in full-screen mode, which can be achieved by clicking on the Slideshow [>] icon above the featured image in the gallery to which the link will take you.) Here’s the link for more: