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Bar Harbor -- Bide-A-While

Object Details

Bide-A-While is a garden located on a 4.96 acres with a historic cottage situated the shore of Frenchman's Bay. This shingle style "cottage," designed by Frank Miles Day of Philadelphia, with Frederick L. Savage, supervising architect, was built of cedar shingles and Mount Desert granite in 1896 for Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Ketterlinus of Philadelphia. Mr. Ketterlinus owned a family lithography firm and Mrs. Ketterlinus was the daughter of one of John D. Rockefeller's original partners. The second owner was Theodore Marburg, Ambassador to Belgium.
Ostrich ferns are planted on each side of the winding driveway. To the left, in the foundation of the carriage house, are vegetables and special lettuces planted in an ornamental manner. Beyond is a rose garden planted primarily with David Austen roses, under-planted with perennial geraniums. A tea house overlooks the backyard's expansive lawn. There is a small shade garden under a stand of fir and golden chain trees. There are more than sixteen golden chain trees on the property. There are still many spruce trees over 100 years old on the property, even after a spruce bark beetle infestation in the area. Originally, as large white potted hydrangeas were placed near the entrance to the house, Annabelle hydrangeas, currently, have a large presence with various species of viburnum planted in borders which are reminiscent of the original Victorian moon garden.
There is a shaded path meandering through the woods, with remnants of a pool, a stream, and an old Italianate garden. The most notable plantings on the property are the perennial and annual borders that lead to the rocky seashore. The borders are reminiscent of the islands viewed from the long porch with the lawn representing Frenchman's Bay. A granite bench, found in pieces in the woods, now had a prominent place near a large Lunaform pot that draws the eyes to the hills of Gouldsboro. A number of Solderholtz urns, planters, and a bird bath provide additional accents.
See also Kenarden.
Persons associated with the garden include: J.L Ketterlinus (former owner, 1896), Theodore Mayburg (former owner, no dates), Louis Wolfe (former owner, 1976-1980), Trudy Sabol (garden designer, 2003-2011), Whitney Granholm (garden designer, 2012- ) and Dennis Bracale of Gardens By Design (restoration landscape architect, 2003), Frank Miles Day (architect, 1894-1896), Fred Savage (supervising architect, 1894-1896).
Day, Frank Miles
Former owner
Ketterlinus, John Louis
Marburg, Theodore
Landscape architect
Bracale, Dennis
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Bide-A-While (Bar Harbor, Maine)
United States of America -- Maine -- Bar Harbor
Gardens -- Maine -- Bar Harbor
Day, Frank Miles
Former owner
Ketterlinus, John Louis
Marburg, Theodore
Landscape architect
Bracale, Dennis
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Maine
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Custodial History
The Garden Club of Mt. Desert facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File ME174
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:
Garden has been featured in "Shingle Style Maine" by Dan Cooper in Period Homes, May 2007. Garden has been featured in Keebler, Patricia Lawson Heintzelman, "The Life and Work of Frank Miles Day" University of Delaware, Phd. Dissertation. Garden has been featured in Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Augusta Maine/ University of Delaware 1980, under Bide-A-While and/or J.L. Ketterlinus.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets garden maps, photocopies of images and other information.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Bide-A-While related holdings consist of 1 folder (25 digital images)
Additional materials also located in Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
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Record ID
Bar Harbor -- Bide-A-While
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