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Chasse to Discuss Founding of the Wild Gardens and Use of Native Plants

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Award-winning landscape architect, Patrick Chasse, to lecture on August 16th at College of the Atlantic regarding native plants in designed landscapes. Photo courtesy of Mr. Chasse.

BAR HARBOR, Maine –  —As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wild Gardens of Acadia, awarding-winning landscape architect Patrick ChassĂ© will discuss not only using native plants in the designed landscape but also the formative role the Wild Gardens of Acadia has played in his life. He counts two of the Gardens founders, Betty Thorndike and Janet Ten Broeck, as mentors.

In 1909, George Dorr, the founder of Acadia National Park, purchased land at Sieur de Monts Springs and named it the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Dorr envisioned this land as a place to provide enjoyment for the public and to foster education and scientific research. For 50 years, the Wild Gardens of Acadia committee has propagated, preserved and displayed Acadia’s native plants for the public’s education and enjoyment.

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.

Chassé, a Maine native, earned a BS degree in biology and an M.ED in environmental education from the University of Maine, going on to earn a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Chassé maintains an active design practice, specializes in historic landscapes, reconstruction of natural plant communities, and design of new landscapes from Mount Desert Island to Istanbul. In addition to teaching at a number of institutions including College of the Atlantic, Harvard and Sheffield University in the UK, Chassé regularly lectures at the New York Botanical Gardens and at botanical gardens and symposia throughout the world.

In 2007, Chassé received the first Landscape Design Award from the New England Wildflower Society for his 25 years of using native plants in distinctive and innovative designs. In 2011, he was made an honorary member of the Garden Club of America.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, August 16, at 6 p.m. in the Gates Center on the campus of College of the Atlantic, and is sponsored by the Wild Gardens committee, a committee of Friends of Acadia. Chassé’s lecture is titled, “Native Intelligence: Native Plants in the Designed Landscape.” To reserve a seat, contact Stephanie Clement at 288-3340 or stephanie@friendsofacadia.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Stephanie Clement

Telephone Number: (207)288-3340

Website: http://friendsofacadia.org

Email: stephanie@friendsofacadia.org