History in Your Own Backyard

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium 5 Monument Way Portland, ME, 04101 United States

History in Your Own Backyard:


The cultural landscape seen every day and the evolving changes in garden design


Lucinda Brockway,
Historic Landscape Specialist, Past Designs

Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6-7pm. 
Free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated.

This lecture will focus on the elements of the cultural landscape that people see every day and the evolving changes in garden design in New England that can inspire their own designs. 

Landscape historian Lucinda Brockway is an award-winning historic landscape specialist, residential landscape designer, and author. Her work includes such well-known projects as the Fells in Newbury, N.H., the restoration of the Grand Allee at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Mass., and the rejuvenation of Lexington’s Battle Green. She started her career as landscape director for Strawbery Banke and is thoroughly familiar with Historic New England’s Maine and New Hampshire properties.

The 2016-17 Landmarks Lecture Series sponsored by

The Evolving Landscape: 
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, Tuesdays from 6 – 7 pm

Whether a backyard garden, the grounds of a grand estate, a public park, botanical garden, or cemetery, landscapes tell us a great deal about our history, identity and culture. Please join us as Landmarks explores how human interaction shapes the landscape and what that tells us. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
History in Your Own Backyard:
The cultural landscape seen every day and the evolvings changes in garden design

Lucinda Brockway, Historic Landscape Specialist, Past Designs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Why You Can’t Buy a Forest in a Can:
Managing and Restoring Diversity in our Woodlands and Gardens

William Cullina, Director of Horticulture/Plant Curator, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Why Your World Looks the Way It Does and Why It Matters:
Cultural Landscape as Visual Culture

Kent Ryden, Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Urban Cemeteries:
Opportunities for Horticulture

Dennis Collins, Horticultural Curator, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated. Thank you to the Portland Public Library for hosting the series.