ACADIA NAT’AL PARK — The Wild Gardens of Acadia will celebrate its 50th anniversary with cake and lemonade under a tent at Sieur de Monts Springs on Monday, Aug. 1 The gardens, which are located on park land, were developed and are maintained by group of volunteers who early on elected to divide the garden into habitats.
Each of the 12 habitats – habitats that include mixed and coniferous woods, a bog, mountain, heath, roadside, pond, meadow and seaside garden – contain native plants that visitors to Acadia typically find in each of these habitats in the park. The gardens allow visitors not only to learn about and identify native plants in Acadia but also to discover the role native plants play in maintaining specific habitats.
Festivities will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Aug. 1 with remarks by Acadia superintendent Sheridan Steele; Kathleen Marty, president of the Garden Club Federation of Maine; FOA president Marla O’Byrne; and long-standing Wild Gardens committee members Barbara Cole and Anne Kozak. Tours of the Wild Gardens, guided by volunteers, will be offered at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m.
Parking at Sieur de Monts Springs is limited, but the Island Explorer Sand Beach and Loop Road buses make regularly scheduled stops there. For route maps and schedules, visit exploreacadia.com.