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High Pastures 1926-2001

Landscape architect:
Dawson, James
Landscape architecture firm:
Olmsted Brothers
Physical description:
2 folders+ 11 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Maine, York County, Ogunquit
High Pastures (Ogunquit, Maine)
High Pastures is an informal country house set high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In 1926, the family acquired additional acreage, which led to revisions of a 1910 plan by James Dawson of the Olmsted Brothers firm. An elliptical garden, called the Round Garden, has a bird bath as its focal point. Stone steps and a stone terrace were also added. Carl Rust Parker of the Olmsted Brothers firm specified the use of native plants to attract birds. The Earle sisters maintained vegetable and cutting gardens near the original carriage house which was located at a distance from the house; this portion of the property is no longer part of High Pastures. Miss Elinor Earle designed the Long Garden, which runs along the ocean side of the house. She used Gertrude Jekyll's design from Gardens for the Small Country Home for the stone steps. Subsequent family members maintained the designs of the Olmsted Brothers. The property changed hands in 2002. The gardens were later destroyed to make way for development in 2004.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Alice and James Earle (former owners, 1906-1915); The Misses Elinor, Mary and Doris Earle (former owners, 1915-1956); Horace Wells Sellors (architect, 1907); James Dawson (landscape architect, 1910); and Carl Rust Parker (stonework consultant, 1926).
The folders include a work sheet, site plan, copy of 1926 plan, copy of article, and narrative description.
Garden featured in Country Home Magazine, April 1990
Garden featured in Theresa Mattor, "High Pasture: An Olmsted Treasure," in The Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes, Summer/Fall 1993
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Archives of American Gardens

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