Longfellow House and Garden

Longfellow House and Garden

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In this interminable gray and wet week, I imagined spring when I rearranged my New England Garden talk.

The two are not synonymous, but the interplay of architectural features traditionally used in colonial (Renaissance) gardens complements the vibrant colors traditionally associated with spring.

One of these is the garden of Vassol Craigie Longfellow House on Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The garden is owned by the National Park Service and is the daughter of famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and tenacious Alice Longfellow (Alice Longfellow), and the landscape symbol of designer Martha Brooks Hutchison and Ellen Biddle Shipman.

This place has a long history. This garden covers an area of 1.98 acres and interprets its historical elements in a fresh and fascinating way. In the last 15 years it has been completely restored and refurbished.