CREDITS: I would like to thank Jeremy D'Entremont for providing much of the history one can find on this site. He is a speaker, author, historian, and tour guide who is widely recognized as the foremost authority on the lighthouses of New England. For a story on Jeremy or to visit his site (New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide), use the corresponding link in the right hand information bar under "Related Links".

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I have set up this site as a means to share my photographs of lighthouses. Since retiring and finding more time to study photography, my interests have expanded a little. For some of my work other than lighthouses please enjoy my Facebook page at, John Shaw Photography. Come visit, enjoy, and 'LIKE' if you wish.

Also, for your enjoyment, I have provided a slideshow of our journey. To view it please use the link on the right under 'Site Navigation Tools'.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my efforts and use my site not only for information and education but also to provide directions for many enjoyable, inspirational visits to the beacons along our beautiful coas.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Asticou Azalea Garden #1

     The Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine, is an elegant and priceless garden filled with wonderful visual delights that will stimulate the soul. The design is fluid allowing interlacing discoveries that will bring delightful pause as you meander through the pathways that are bordered with charm. Sit and reflect on the many benches provided while you breathe in the aroma. This is one of the wonderful jewels of Mount Desert Island in Maine.

     The original Asticou Azalea Garden was built in 1956 and 1957 largely as the result of the passion and vision of Charles Savage. Many revisions have taken place over the following years. Today, the garden is owned and maintained by the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve and a committee of volunteers. Contributions to aid in its support are welcomed. Visitors are asked to donate $1.00.

           Thank you for visiting Maine Lighthouses and Beyond.  This is the first of four posts on the gardens.  Please look for the upcoming posts.  This is a very special place.

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