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The Blaine House Gardens

In 1920 while the remodeling of the Blaine House was under way, Governor Carl E. Milliken commissioned the nationally known Olmsted Brothers landscape architectural firm of Brookline, Mass (and who had, most notably, created New York City’s Central Park) to design the grounds. Only portions of this design were implemented at that time. In 1987 the Blaine House Grounds Committee undertook an ambitious effort to revitalize the grounds. In the spirit of the original design, a new plan divided the site into four areas: front entrance to the east, shrub garden to the south, Governor's Garden to the north, and lawn and service area to the west. The front entrance, including construction of the granite retaining wall and steps, elegant Colonial Revival balustrades and arbors, as well as the introduction of plantings which originally had been proposed by Carl Rust Parker of the Olmsted firm have been realized. A further renovation in …. restored the shrub garden. Today, many elements of these plans remain and are tended to by dedicated staff and volunteers from the Cooperative Extension  of UMaine-Augusta.


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