The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Nannau Cottage and Garden

Last month, I visited Bar Harbor, Maine for the Garden Club of Mount Desert Open Garden Day. My favorite garden was Nannau Cottage overlooking Compass Harbor, an inlet off Frenchman Bay. The handsome shingle style house was built in 1904. It was originally owned by a New York City lawyer named David R. Ogden. For many years, it was hotel and is a private residence again. I liked the simplicity of the main walk to the front of the house and the use of huge slabs of granite which are in scale with the grand house.

There was a pair of small gardens in the back of the house which framed a view of Compass Bay.

Here is the view of Frenchman Bay from a simple seating area of 4 Adirondack chairs at the water's edge.

The walk up to the house had lots of rough grass and natural plantings which enhanced the natural beauty of the site, the garden's best feature.

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