Longfellow Garden Club




            The garden in the Wadsworth Longfellow House in Portland, Maine, has been in continuous existence, in one form or another since the erection of the house in 1786 by General Peleg Wadsworth, grandfather of the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

            Upon the death in 1901 of Anne Longfellow Pierce, the younger sister of the poet, and last member of the family to reside in the house, the property was bequeathed to The Maine Historical Society, to be maintained as a memorial to the two families.  Following the erection of the Society’s library upon the site of the old barn, the garden was cared for intermittently by members of the Society.

            In 1924 after Mrs. William Wing had obtained permission to restore the garden to its early loveliness, the Longfellow Garden Club was organized for the purpose of financing and maintaining it.  Many of the trees, shrubs, and plants were still in good condition.

            Members of the Longfellow family assisted Mrs. Wing in her efforts to duplicate the garden as it was in the lifetime of the Poet.  Surrounding high buildings, however, with the consequent lack of sunshine and circulation of air have necessitated the substitution of hardy shrubs and plants for the fruit trees and dainty perennials originally in the garden.

            Here in the heart of our busy city it is hoped visitors will feel the serenity and joy which inspired Mistress Zilpah’s famous son to write, “The lilacs are in bloom, and the apple trees.  The whole world is a flower garden; and all the birds are singing, singing, singing.

                                              ©Longfellow Garden Club, Inc.



1.  Longfellow Garden - maintenance and restoration

            487 Congress St., Portland, ME   04101
            A Peaceful Respite for the Community
            Chairman: Betty Umbel


2.  Longfellow Arboretum - donation and planting of trees and flowers

            Near Payson Park, Baxter Boulevard, Portland, ME   04103

               A Nice City Park Used by All
               Chairman: Linda Frinsko


3.  Spring Plant Sale

            Andover College, Portland

Supplying Usual & Unusual Plants to the Public Benefitting LGC & Community
Chairman: Candi Oliver


4.  Horticulture/Conservation Workshops

            Field trips and meetings

              Continuing Education for All Members

5.  Maine Historical Society

            Building and grounds committee member



1.  A Standard Flower Show

            Friday, September 16-Saturday, September 17, 2005

            Maine Vocational Regional Ten

            68 Church Street, Brunswick, ME

2.  Donation and Planting of Trees and Flowers

            in Payson Park at the Longfellow Arboretum, Portland, ME

3. Membership Promotion






1992  Luena Atwood and Helen Bruce

1993  Maria Card and Dorris Porter

1994  Clee Miller and Barbara Tolman

1995  Charlotte Sinnett and Charlotte Farrin

1996  Candi Oliver and Lucille Rideout

1997  Joan Burns and Lois Nichols

1998  Barbara Sawyer and Kay Bowker

1999  Loraine Crosby and Dolores Ellis

2000  Doris Homer and Marcia Willock

2001  Doris Gene Briggs and Laurel Parker

2002  Linda Frinsko and Marilyn Spencer

2003  Alex Turek and Carolyn Ferrante

2004  Bonnie Nelson and Joan Pierce
2005  Patty Caselden and Betty Umbel



Portland, Maine

Organized 1924

Federated 1931

Incorporated 1937


Member of:

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

New England Region

Garden Club Federation of Maine, INC.

Stroudwater District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, Inc.

If you would like information about joining Longfellow Garden Club, please contact:

                 Membership Chairman:  Barbara C. Tolman
                                                 7 Bayberry Lane

                                                 Scarborough, ME 04074

Details of all the programs will be in Poet’s Corner.  Every member is welcome to attend all field trips, programs, workshops, and board meetings. 

In the event of inclement weather, please listen to radio station WGAN 560AM between 9 and 9:30am.  If schools in Portland are cancelled the Longfellow Garden Club activities are also cancelled.

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