Thank you for a wonderful 2018 season.

Please check back in the spring for the 2019 program schedule.




Admission: $10 for members, $20 for non-members 

Students attend for free 


 2018 Programs



Wednesday, June 13th at 4:00 pm

Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Groden is a Professor of Entomology in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. Her work focuses on helping the people of Maine manage some of the most economically damaging insect pests.

Recently, she has been researching the invasive European red ant and working directly with communities in Maine to help them manage this pest. She will describe how to identify the red ant and distinguish this ant from other, native ants. Further, she will discuss impacts of these invasive ants and ways that you can manage them in your garden.




Monday, July 23rd at 4:00 pm

Kate Furbish (1837-1934) lived in the same quiet area of Brunswick, Maine, for more than 90 years. And, yet, her life was anything but sedentary, or settled. This remarkable woman, a gifted botanist and artist, spent more than 40 years traveling the state of Maine, from the southern shoreline to the northern woods, and into the wilderness of Rangeley and beyond. More than 8,000 of her botanical samples survive, as does an extensive and impressive collection of more than 1,300 beautiful and skillfully rendered watercolor paintings of Maine’s plants. Furbish gave her watercolors to Bowdoin College in 1908, and they remain today among the College’s most treasured special collections. While Furbish traveled extensively, and seemingly exhaustively, she, like most botanists, had her favorite places to explore. Join Bowdoin College’s Director of Special Collections, Kat Stefko, for a talk that retraces Furbish’s steps to some of the places most near and dear to her heart, and explores the plants and wonders she found there.


Annual Lecture



Saturday, August 4th at 4:00 pm

Gates Auditorium, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor

no admission fee

Heather McCargo is director of the Wild Seed Project and has years of experience growing and propagating native plants, including her time as head propagator in the 1990s at Garden in the Woods, the botanical garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. She will share her expertise in this presentation about gardening with native plants in a variety of different site conditions common in landscapes – sunny moist, sunny dry, shady, acidic woodland. Heather will recommend a diverse collection of plants for the home landscape, and talk about easy methods for native seed sowing. She will also discuss issues in the nursery trade with native plants and genetic diversity.




Monday, August 13th at 4:00 pm

Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor

no admission fee

Thomas Woltz will receive the Beatrix Farrand Society Achievement Award this year. His lecture discussing his work is free and open to the public. Thomas Woltz has worked on many parks throughout the country, including helping to design areas of our beloved Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Other noted projects include the Naval Cemetery in Brooklyn and Centennial Park in Nashville. Woltz was instrumental in restoring the grounds at Olana in Hudson, New York; Frederic Church originally designed this space. Woltz focuses on improving ecology of landscapes to make them more functional for wildlife. He has received many honors for his work in the field, including being named a member of the Society of Landscape Architects’ Council of Fellows.




Wednesday, August 15th at 4:00 pm

Join Patrick Cullina for a review of his current work on site design and plant and material selection. He’ll focus on his current projects in New York City, above Long Island Sound, on the North Fork of Long Island, and on a privately-owned island just south of Rockland, Maine.




Monday, August 27th at 4:00 pm

Bob Sears is a passionate beekeeper who will discuss the trade of beekeeping and the importance of pollinators in gardens. He will also share information about the biology of the honeybee and how that is important for beekeeping. Gardens can serve as important habitats for pollinators; at Bob’s talk, you will learn how to improve pollinator habitat in your garden. After the talk, explore our new pollinator garden at Garland Farm for more ideas you may implement at home.




Monday, September 10th at 4:00 pm

Lecture & Book Signing

Native Plants for New England Gardens is a handy guide to more than 100 great native perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and vines. The book features practical information accompanied by beautiful color photographs. Join co-author Mark Richardson for this informative discussion about native plants and all their garden uses – from plants to use in place of mulch to those that attract and support pollinators.





2017 Programs  

Climate Change in Maine Forests’

Dr. Ivan J. Fernandez

Wednesday June 7th at 4:00 pm

In the Restored Barn at Garland Farm

Dr. Ivan Fernandez is a Distinguished Maine Professor at Climate Change Institute & School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine. He will speak at Garland Farm on the impacts of various environmental factors on climate change in forests. He has been working in this area in long-term research sites throughout Maine such as the Bear Brook Watershed, which was established in the 1980s.


The Jesup Memorial Library presents:

The Life & Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND

a documentary film by

karyl evans

will screen on

Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00 pm

at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor

Karyl Evans is a six time Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker and a Yale Fellow. Her film is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand. In the film Karyl Evans interviews Beatrix Farrand scholars and uses never-before-seen archival materials and recent photographs of over 60 Beatrix Farrand related sites as well as narration to tell the compelling story of Beatrix Farrand’s impressive 50 year career as a landscape architect. View the trailer at


 ‘Climate Dynamics: Surprising Clues about the Future of Plants in Maine’

Dr. George Jacobson

Thursday July 27th at 4:00 pm

In the Restored Barn at Garland Farm

Professor Emeritus, Dr. George Jacobsen, is with the School of Biology and Ecology and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. He served as the State Climatologist for several years. We look forward to hearing about how plants in Maine may help to predict climate change based on George’s research with the Climate Change Institute.


Beatrix Farrand Society Special Annual Lecture

no admission fee

Faith in a Seed, the Story of the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard’

Tim Boland

Saturday August 5th at 4:00pm

In the Restored Barn at Garland Farm

Join Arboretum Executive Director, Tim Boland, as he shares the inspirational story of Polly Hill and her arboretum. Tim will share the origins of Polly’s interest in plants and how her dedication to growing trees from seed led to the establishment of the arboretum in 1998. He will also share the challenges and opportunities of growing plants on Martha’s Vineyard and how Polly’s legacy is thriving today with programs centered on education, horticulture, plant exploration, and conservation.












 ‘The Asticou Collection’

Mary Roper
Tuesday, August 15th at 4:00 pm
In the Restored Barn at Garland Farm

Rhododendrons and Azaleas from Beatrix Farrand’s Reef Point estate provide the primary character of Asticou Azalea Garden, along with many unique and well-loved trees. The story of Asticou’s creation and the many historic plants it contains, including the high elevation forms of azaleas and other surprising Farrand selections, will offer an afternoon of photos and discussion. With efforts underway to link the Farrand Herbaria with existing plants, ties to Reef Point grow ever stronger. Propagation efforts reveal unexpected characteristics in old cultivars and offer new forms and color as plants are grown from seed. Join us to explore the many adventures of Asticou!


Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden’

Eric Hsu

Friday August 18th at 4:00pm

In the restored barn at Garland Farm

Chanticleer Gardens, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, is an historic garden that was originally owned by the Rosengartens. Eric Hsu, the Plant Information Coordinator in the Plant Records with Chanticleer Garden will join us to share his perspectives on the gardens. The property contains a teacup garden, shade gardens, and a serpentine with cut flowers and vegetables that are used on site.


Cultivating the Rainbow’

Kelly Norris

Thursday August 24th at 4:00pm

In the Restored Barn at Garland Farm

Kelly Norris, the Director of Horticulture at the Des Moines Botanical Garden, has been growing and working with bearded irises since he was a teenager. He owns Rainbow Iris Fam in Iowa, which is a large mail order nursery specializing in irises, and he recently wrote ‘A Guide to Bearded Irises’. Please join us to learn more from Kelly about these fascinating and colorful plants.


Beatrix Farrand Society Annual Award Lecture

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Thursday, August 31st at 4:00 pm

at the Seacoast Mission in Bar Harbor

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Barlow Rogers will be awarded the 2017 Beatrix Farrand Society Achievement Award. Ms. Barlow is a co-founder of the Central Park Conservancy where she played a lead role until 1996. The Conservancy successfully revitalized Central Park in New York City to be one of the most important parks in the world. Ms. Rogers and her husband co-own the C.L. Browning Ranch, an educational site, which is located in Johnson City, Texas. As an author, Ms. Barlow has contributed significantly to the development and enrichment of her field. Rogers is author of ten published books including, ‘Frederick Law Olmstead’s New York’, ‘Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan’, and ‘Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscape of New York City as Nature, History, and Landscape Design’. Ms. Barlow has received many honors including the LaGasse Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Gold Medal from the New York Botanical Garden, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for lifetime achievement from the Rockefeller Foundation.

BFS 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers visiting Farrand’s restored Terrace Garden at Garland Farm, August 2017


The Natural Pitch Pine Gardens of Acadia’

Michael Day

September 14th at 4:00pm

In the restored barn at Garland Farm

Pitch Pines are a keystone species that determine the composition and structure of unique coastal rocky ledge plant communities at many sites on Mt. Desert Island. Dr. Mike Day, Associate Research Professor of Tree Physiology and Physiological Ecology with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine has been studying these trees for many years. He will share his thoughts and perspectives regarding this fascinating plant and the plant communities it supports.




June 2016

Monday, June 13th at 4:00
Growing Vegetables in Container Gardens

planterDr. Mark Hutton from the University of Maine, Cooperative Extension, has spent his career breeding and growing vegetables. He works at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine, which has been an active farm for over a century. Join us as he shares his extensive knowledge of vegetables to describe the best varieties and practices for using these delicious edibles in small spaces.





July 2016

Monday July 18th at 4:00
Plant Exploring for the Arnold Arboretum

july18-(2)Please join us to learn about adventures in plant exploration. Dr. Michael Dosmann is visiting us from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, where he is the Curator of Living Collections. His work at the Arnold Arboretum carries him all over the temperate world as he finds appropriate woody species to add to the Arboretum’s diverse and impressive collection that is used for research, conservation, and educational purposes.



Tuesday July 26th at 4:00
Beatrix Farrand: At Home on Mount Desert Island

july26Roxanne Brouse will discuss her recently completed monograph describing Beatrix Farrand’s work designing the historic carriage roads of Acadia National Park. Beatrix Farrand arrived on Mount Desert Island at seven years of age and spent the next eight decades on her “much loved Island.” She absorbed its cultural and natural history, and used knowledge gleaned through keen observation to enhance both public and private landscapes. Her planting design for the carriage roadsides of Acadia National Park exemplifies her naturalistic approach. For her, it was a labor of love. The monograph, entitled, ‘The Public-Spirited Beatrix Farrand of Mount Desert Island’ is the first detailed guide to her work on the carriage roads.


August 2016

August 6th, 4:00 pm at College of the Atlantic, Gates Auditorium
World Premier of “The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand” (32 minutes) by Karyl Evans, Karyl Evans Productions, North Haven, CT

aug6.pngFive-time Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans’s new documentary, “The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand”, chronicles Beatrix Farrand’s impressive 50 year career as a landscape architect during the first half of the 20th century. With a degree in horticulture/ landscape architecture and a master’s degree in filmmaking, Ms. Evans has combined her greatest interests to create this new documentary. The film covers over 20 sites across the country related to Farrand’s life and work, as well as archival images and documents, as well as interviews with Farrand scholar Diana Balmori, landscape historian Judith Tankard, and landscape architect Shavaun Towers.

Some of the gardens explored in the film include Garland Farm and the Rockefeller Garden in Bar Harbor, Maine, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C., and the East Garden at the White House. The film also explores the personal life of Beatrix Farrand, who was the niece of Edith Wharton, and who, at the age of 41, married Max Farrand, a professor at Yale University. The film is an impressive overview of Farrand’s stunning gardens, her pioneering innovations on college campuses including Princeton and Yale University, and her ingenious design philosophy, which has stood the test of time. You can learn more about Karyl Evans at  This program is free to all, but preregistration is required. To register, please e-mail (preferred), or call 207-581-2937.


August 14th at 4:00 pm
Plant Collecting

aug14.pngDan Hinkley will discuss the where, how and why of plant exploration during his presentation. Months if not years go into the preparation of each trip; deciding where to travel to, learning in advance the species of plants that exist there and hiring guides. During the process, collection notes are meticulously recorded while each night, seed collections must be cleaned for ultimate inspection by the USDA. After sometimes months in the field, all seed are sent directly to the Agricultural Inspection Station. Yet then the real work begins- sowing the seed, successfully establishing them in a garden setting and then evaluating them for possible bio-invasiveness, before ultimately releasing them into the marketplace. This process will be illustrated using several different recent trips and the plants observed to drive the point home- plant exploration is a LOT of work.


August 24th at 4:00 pm
A View Inside Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

aug24Timothy Tilghman is visiting us from Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in Yonkers, New York, where he works as the Head Gardener. Please join us to hear more about Mr. Tilghman’s work and the lovely Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. Samuel Untermeyer purchased Greystone estate in 1899 and established gardens there in 1917. The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, which began in 2011, are restoring gardens, which were largely neglected after Mr. Untermyer’s death.




Due to illness this year’s award lecture has been cancelled.  Please join us for another program in August or September.
August 23rd , 5:00-7:00 pm at the Maine Seacoast Mission

Charles Jencks Beatrix Farrand Society Achievement Award

‘In pursuit of Greater Meaning’

Charles JencksWe are pleased to announce that Charles Jencks will receive the Beatrix Farrand Society Achievement Award this year. Renaissance man, Charles Jencks, has many claims to his international fame. His landform at his home in Dumfriesshire, ‘The Garden of Cosmic Speculation’ has become one of the most influential gardens in the world – and his latest work, the monumental Crawick Multiverse – just 30 minutes from Dumfries House – has been hailed as his late masterpiece. Andrew Marr has described him as ‘one of the most ambitious and radical artists of our time’. He is also the man who invented the term ‘post-modernism’, which has changed the way we look at modern architecture; and who with his late wife Maggie Keswick, started Maggie’s Centres designed by world renowned architects to offer solace and support for cancer patients at major hospitals.

Based on key books about his work, Jencks will be talking about his life, landforms, galaxies, Maggie and much more plus how architecture can change lives.

Issues first addressed in my writing, such as the public nature of iconic landmarks in the age of confused global culture, are later taken up in my landscape where I translate some of the fundamental elements of the cosmos into a communicative art. I argue that the units of the universe – its laws, atoms, black holes, DNA, and other essentials including its basic patterns – should be celebrated expressively, brought into public life (not “sit on their ass in a museum” as Pop Artists proclaimed in the 1960s). These natural and cosmic realities are virtually eternal and universal, and should become a fitting global iconography if we are up to the task.

This program is free to all, but preregistration is required. To register, please e-mail (preferred), or call 207-581-2937.


September 2016

September 9th at 4:00 pm
The World of Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants are unusual, fascinating, and diverse. John Mark Courtney of Aquascapes Unlimited specializes in growing plants that grow in wet places, including carnivorous plants. He will talk about a variety of carnivorous plants.  Visit the Aquascapes Unlimited website.


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Directions to Garland Farm

GPS Address:

475 Bay View Drive

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

+44° 25′ 43.81″, -68° 19′ 25.22″

Garland Farm is located on Route 3 on Mount Desert Island. From the island bridge, go east toward Bar Harbor for approximately 2 miles and turn left on Bay View Drive. Turn left into the parking area in the field and follow footpath to barn.

From downtown Bar Harbor, go north on Route 3 passing Hadley Point Road (about 7 miles). Continue .7 miles, turn right on Bay View Drive, then left into the parking area. Do not park on Bay View Drive.

Accessible parking is available with advance notice. Please call 207-288-0237.

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