Barberry Cottage and Barberry Lodge are two summer houses that were formerly outbuildings of "Redwood" the neighboring estate designed by William Ralph Emerson in the late 1870's. The grandparents of the current owners purchased a two acre slice of the property with the two small buildings in the early 1950's. They converted them to dwellings incorporating distinctive windows, mantles and sinks from old Bar Harbor summer cottages. Noted architects Robert Patterson and Sargent Gardiner designed additions to the main house, the dining room and library by Patterson in the 1950's and the garden room by Gardiner in the 2000. The smaller house was redesigned to its current upside down configuration and moved next to the water in the 1980's. The current owner's grandfather, Sargent Collier, was a photographer and author of books about Mount Desert Island, including Green Grows Bar Harbor ( 1964), Mount Desert ( 1952) and Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park: An Informal History ( 1978). His wife Eleanor grew up in the summer cottage Bournemouth, which was torn down in the early 1970's. In addition to gardening, Mrs. Collier was an avid sailor and, at one time, the Commodore of the Bar Harbor Yacht Club. The gardens at 8 Barberry Lane were described in Town and Country ( June 1996) and House and Garden and have been featured twice in the Garden Club of Mount Desert's "Open Garden Day". Inspired by Edith Wharton's writing about Italian gardens, the current owner's mother, Eleanor Dwight and her mother designed the gardens that grace the property today. Mrs. Dwight was an author who wrote biographies of Edith Wharton, among others. An exploration of these wonderful and interesting gardens begins with a walk along an axial path from the top of the property to the shore. Descend through the ferns below the house, and in the lawn below are four gardens: on the right, a cutting garden and small vegetable garden, and on the left a cottage garden around a "sun shed" and a little formal garden planted in the "bones" of an old greenhouse. An axis runs down the lawn toward the water, marked by a granite boulder: this connects the upper part of the garden to the lower. Behind the screen of cedars is a garden room with a terrace followed by circular pool with a simple four quarter -crescent flower beds. These garden rooms were designed by award- winning landscape architect Patrick Chasse' in the mid 1980's. A path extends the axis past the smaller house down towards the rocky shore. Pas the house, on the right is a wildflower garden. In June, the blue lupine bloom. Further down the axis, the view opens up to a spectacular vista of the Porcupine Islands in the middle of Frenchman's Bay. Barberry Lane is a superb location within Bar Harbor as it has the advantage of being a quiet street but is close to both the shore path and town.