History of the Garden
Charlotte Rhoades, a resident of Southwest Harbor, owned this property in the1950’s. In 1978 the property was given to the town in her memory with the request that it be used as a quiet park for children and their parents.
The Butterfly Garden at the Charlotte Rhoades Park was established in 1998 to promote conservation education and gardening instruction in the community. Volunteers work throughout the season with school children and adults to learn more about butterfly habitat and observation. Suggestive of butterfly wings, the garden beds were designed by Bar Harbor landscape architect Bruce John Riddell and includes perennials, annuals, and shrubs that are butterfly host plants.
The Town of Southwest Harbor is grateful to the following organizations for their support of the Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden: the Southwest Harbor Beautification Committee, the Garden Club of Mount Desert Island, the Bar Harbor Garden Club, Friends of Acadia, Southwest Harbor Coast Guard, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers.