2017-05-30 / Local

Public invited to landscaping discussion

The Times Record


On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the public is invited to the Topsham Garden Club's meeting at Topsham Public Library at noon for a program titled "Creating an Ideal 18th Century Landscape in Midcoast Maine" followed by refreshments and a business meeting.

Anne Perkins, co-chair of the Montpelier landscape committee, will describe the landscape plans for the The General Henry Knox Museum, or Montpelier, their development and the individual elements that will make up the grounds, focusing on how they fit into 18th century landscape design and how they will be used for education.

The landscaping plan incorporates elements based on research into Knox’s intentions for his estate and elements common to the grand gardens and estates of the 18th century. This landscape plan will serve as the proper setting for Montpelier, the recreation of Knox’s home in Thomaston and as a site for educating visitors about horticultural and agricultural practices of the late 18th century.

Perkins has studied much of the literature regarding 18th and 19th century garden design in England, France and North America and has traveled extensively, visiting historic homes and gardens in the United States. As a professional vegetable, culinary herb, fruit, and cut flower grower, Perkins farms at Headacre Farm in Owls Head as well as at her historic home in Thomaston. She sells her produce to local restaurants, chefs, her farm share customers, and at local farmers markets through her business, One Black Sheep, LLC.

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