Garden, Art & Architecture

TIMELESS: Wedding Cake Cottage
TIMELESS: West Wind Cottage
TIMELESS: Inside West Wind Cottage
TIMELESS: Baby Grand Cottage
TIMELESS: Inside Baby Grand Cottage
TIMELESS: Donnybrook Cottage
TIMELESS: Hahn Cottage
TIMELESS: Inside Hahn Cottage
TIMELESS: Brigadoon Cottage
TIMELESS: Inside Brigadoon Cottage
Inside Mackinac Island's Historic Cottages

Author Moira Croghan

Photography by Mark Bearss

9" x 9", Hard cover with jacket, $40

TIMELESS offers an inside peek at the private historic cottages people cherish on Mackinac Island.  With more than 300 photographs, the 9” x 9”, 272-page, hard-cover coffee table book takes readers on a tour of 33 of these architectural treasures – providing inspiration for creating inviting, relaxing spaces in homes new and old.


“TIMELESS is an informative and visually stunning book that serves as a time capsule of the historic cottages of Mackinac Island, providing a glimpse of how they have been preserved more than a century after they were built,” says Rick Neumann, architect, a Michigan Historic Preservation Network Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and architectural reviewer for the Mackinac Island Planning Commission and the Historic District Commission.  “The book’s photographs capture the unique interiors of these cottages, which reflect the magnificent nature of Victorian architecture and Mackinac Island.”

The Gardens of Mackinac Island
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The Gardens of Mackinac Island - Lilacs
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The Gardens of Mackinac Island

Authors Jack Barnwell & Sue Allen

Photography by Jennifer Wohletz

10" x 10", Hard cover with jacket, $65

ISBN: 978-0-9973847-5-8

Tour Mackinac Island’s private and public outdoor spaces for a rare peek at gardens both humble and grand.  Each garden has a story, many have secrets, and most have a connection to the past. Come to the gardens and hear the voices of those who love them. With more than 600 color photographs featuring nearly 100 gardens and the Mackinac Island State Park, this book masterfully interweaves narratives, poetry, history and horticulture of this unique island, creating a time capsule of past and present. 


Mackinac's premier landscape architect Jack Barnwell along with his fellow island landscape designers and local gardeners show how they bring a unique sense of style in the outdoors. From naturalized rock gardens, tranquil ponds, fragrant lilacs and heirloom perennial gardens, to classical statues, elegant fountains, historic pergolas and showy border gardens, The Gardens of Mackinac Island provides a welcome variety of inspiration for creating an inviting, relaxing outdoor space.  Each book is signed by the photographer.

Gardens of Mackinac Island
Lilacs fill the air with fragrance
West Bluff garden vistas
Mission Point Resort's gazebo
East Bluff garden views
Tour the intimate green spaces
an introduction to the Gardens of
Mackinac Island | picture book


Author Jack Barnwell

Photography by Jennifer Wohletz

6" x 9", soft cover, $18

ISBN: 978-0-9973847-4-1


Mackinac Island's unique location, quaint horse culture and crop of passionate gardeners has led to the creation of many spectacular gardens.  Guided by one of Mackinac's premier landscape designers, explore the island through its most breathtaking vistas.  

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Feature Article
Feature Article
Magical Mackinac Apples
Mackinac Island Section
Mackinac Island Paintings
Mackinac Island Painting
Mackinac Island Paintings
Mackinac Island Painting
Mackinac Island Painting
Upper Peninsula Section
U.P. Painting
U.P. Paintings
California Section
California Painting
California Painting
Normandy & Tuscany Section
Normandy Paintings
Town Crier 2015 Article
The Essence of Nature | coffee table art book


Paintings by Maeve Croghan

10" x 8", hard cover, $34.95



The Essence of Nature is an eye-catching coffee table book that's perfect for sharing your love of the island with friends and family. The book showcases a beautiful collection of luminescent oil paintings by Mackinac Island artist Maeve Croghan. The paintings express Mackinac's beauty and depict the special places on the island where people of all ages may discover the joy of life and nature. The book also takes viewers on a tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Northern California, France and Italy.  




Book Review


"The Essence of Nature celebrates the work of Mackinac Island painter and naturalist Maeve Croghan.  The book contains dozens of Ms. Croghan's works, including pieces that were commissioned or sold and scattered about to sellers all over the country.  For the first time, her work is compiled in a single product that can be shared with even more people." Stephanie Fortino, Mackinac Town Crier