A Landscape is Worth a Thousand Words


While many visitors to Maine Historical Society think of the Longfellow Garden as only that long, descending space behind the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the garden really begins as soon as you step off the Congress Street sidewalk and walk through the gate. This enticing view shows the lush results of the landscaping leading along the path to the Brown Research Library, and to the right of the house.

This week we honor the art and science of landscaping with our annual Olmsted Lecture, named for the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Landscape historian Judith Tankard will be here Thursday at 7PM to talk about the subject of her book, Beatrix Farrand: Public Gardens, Private Landscapes. Farrand was one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects renowned for private gardens, many of which were located in Maine.

For more details on the talk, visit our Programs page.

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