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|This frog - or, perhaps, toad - basking on a lily pad in the Wild Gardens section of Sieur de Monts nature reserve in Acadia national Park, Maine.|
In 1909, George B. Dorr, Acadia’s first
superintendent, built an octagonal
tile-roofed structure over a spring at the south end of Great Meadow.
On a nearby rock he carved "The Sweet Waters of Acadia." He named the spring "Sieur de Monts" in honor of the French nobleman who was commissioned Lieutenant Governor of New France by King Henry IV in 1603. As Lieutenant Governor, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, gained authority over all of North America between the 40th and 46th parallels, from present-day Philadelphia to Cape Breton.
The Wild Gardens of Acadia reflects the typical habitats of Mount Desert Island. Over 300 native plant species are organized into nine display areas and labeled for easy identification. The garden is managed by the Bar Harbor Garden Club and is open year round. No entrance fee is required.
There are several interwoven paths leading from open spaces to thick bushes and trees. Close by are some very nice walking paths and hiking trails such as the Jesup Trail.
Wild Gardens of Acadia shares the general space with the Nature Center, Sieur de Monts Spring, and the original Abbe Museum whose focus is on the Native American culture and its history in Maine.
The garden, as well as the aforementioned, is located about 2 miles south of Bar Harbor near the intersection of Route 3 and the Park Loop Road. The Island Explorer Shuttle Bus has a pickup and drop-off point in the parking lot.
For more detailed information about Wild Gardens of Acadia in Acadia National Park, visit AcadiaMagic.com.
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