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Visit the Gardens of Mount Desert Island

with Valencia Libby

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Why not join Dr. Val Libby on this follow up on last summer’s discussion of “Three Centuries of New England Gardens.”  We will see the design work of Beatrix Farrand, who was one of the first women to practice landscape architecture and one of the most successful at it, working with well know patrons from the heights of American society. She summered in Bar Harbor most of her life where her home and gardens are still preserved at Garland Farm. You will see her genius at work in these gardens. Farrand designed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in the 1920s and remained its design consultant until 1950. It is one of the ten most beautiful gardens in America and represents the synthesis of the natural beauty of Maine, antique Asian artifacts, and an English-inspired flower garden.

Come with us on this amazing day long field trip. We will start our day at 10:00 a.m. with a shared carpool caravan that will depart Machias with possible alternate pick-up stops in the Jonesboro and Harrington areas on the way down. There will be a planned lunch stop in Ellsworth at 11:30 followed by a tour of the Garland Farm in Trenton at 1:00, and then onto the Abby A. Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor at 3:00. The carpool will depart Seal Harbor at 4:00 returning through Harrington, Jonesboro, and Machias, arriving by 6:00 p.m. All attendees will be responsible for their own lunch costs. Admission to the gardens will be included for any current member of SSC with a 2024-25 membership. Space is limited to 15 people and the tickets must be purchased in advance. Any non-member of Sunrise Senior College will be charged an additional $20.00 to cover the costs of the tickets for this event.

Instructor:  Dr. Val Libby is Associate Professor of Landscape History and Horticulture, Temple University (retired). She was awarded a Fulbright Chair in Landscape History in Portugal for 2004. She has taught classes before for Acadia Senior College, and in the summer of 2023, for Sunrise Senior College.

Class Information:  This is an in-person only class – see the class description above for location information. 

All facilities at the University of Maine at Machias (UM@M) are fully handicap compliant.  The facilities used by Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at the college have ramps, elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms.  Our offsite functions and activities have various limitations and restrictions and may not be fully handicap accessible.  SSC will endeavor to identify limitations at these to you in advance.


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Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, the materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

Mount Desert Island

July 18th, 2024
Thu from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm