UMaine to Celebrate the Maine Landscape Designs

Contact: Kathleen McIntyre, 581-1541

ORONO — Many of us have likely driven past a number of Maine’s private estates, parks, gardens, cemeteries, golf courses and campuses without really understanding the story behind them, or the extensive efforts on the part of a landscape designer and the vision of one of the state’s renowned benefactors that made them possible.

On Oct. 22, the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Raymond H. Fogler Library, and the University Bookstore will host “Designing the Maine Landscape,” an event that will bring together authors and speakers who can share the stories of historic architecture and landscape design projects within the state of Maine. This event will be held in the Wells Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Event organizers were inspired by the recently published book, “Designing the Maine Landscape,” a collaborative effort between the Maine Olmsted Alliance and Down East Books, co-written by Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden.

“This is an incredible book,” notes Gretchen Gfeller, public relations specialist for Fogler Library, “and the more we thought about it, the more we realized that there was potential for inviting the authors and also discussing ‘landscape’ in the broadest sense, to include buildings and structures that also contribute to our environment. We will be looking at how we see, value, and preserve our landscape.”

Mattor and Teegarden, who will present during a session beginning at 3 p.m., in their book draw from a 10-year survey of Maine’s historic landscapes while celebrating the history and legacy of projects throughout the state, including locations from Saco to Caribou, Rumford to Bar Harbor.  Among the many featured are the grounds of the University of Maine in Orono, the Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, and the Asticou Terraces, Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor.

The authors will share the day with a focus on the University of Maine, whose Campus Planning Committee members have been working diligently on strategic landscape planning for the University. With the help of the Getty Foundation’s Campus Heritage Grant award, the university’s Historic Preservation Master Plan was written in 2007 largely by Malcolm Collins. Collins, now an associate at WBRC Architects Engineers, is working with the Campus Planning Committee to preserve the historic buildings on the university’s campus in context with the potential expansion of its National Register Historic District. Joining Collins in a discussion of historic architecture and the importance of the National Register Historic District at 1 p.m. will be Earle Shettleworth, Jr., state historian and director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.  Shettleworth is known nationally for his extensive expertise in the field.

Also presenting during the day’s events will be Greg Havens, a principal at Sasaki Associates, who worked collaboratively with the Campus Planning Committee in creating the university’s campus master plan. The campus master plan, under Haven’s direction, recently received the Merit Award for Excellence in Planning for an Established Campus by the Society for College and University Planning. Havens will present a discussion of the sustainability aspects in designing a master plan for the UMaine landscape at 10:30 a.m. following the opening session by UMaine administrators.

An event registration fee of $10 will cover lunch featuring Maine ingredients. For more information and to register for the event, please contact Kathleen McIntyre at or 207-581-1541.