Medomak Valley High School student Megan Wyllie and teacher Neil Lash talked recently with Karen Baldacci, Maine’s first lady about the newly renovated New England Gardens at the Blaine House in Augusta.

The Blaine House was donated to the state of Maine by the family of James G. Blaine, and today serves as the official residence of Maine’s governor and family. The original landscape of the Blaine House was planned by the Olmsted brothers, two of America’s most famous landscape architects. Central Park in New York City, Franklin Park in Boston, Acadia National Park, and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. are only a few of their better known works.

Two recent graduates of Medomak Valley are Olmsted relatives and the high school made arrangements with Baldacci to send seeds from one of only two trees still living from the original planting. They will be grown to add to the ever expanding Living History Arboretum on the high school campus directly across the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension building on Manktown Road in Waldoboro.

Trees which actually witnessed historical events already growing in the arboretum include:Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Honey Locust, Stamp Act Sycamore, Washington Crossing the Delaware Ash, as well as trees grown from seeds by Medomak horticulture students from the Battlefield of Harper’s Ferry, the spot where Stonewall Jackson was shot in Chancellorsville, the place where Gen. Longstreet was wounded at the Wilderness, the Mule Salient at Spotsylvania, a black walnut from Monticello, a sycamore from Mt. Vernon, a honey locust from near Burnside’s Bridge at Antietam, four of Jefferson’s favorite apples from the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, a maple from the site of original home of Charles Huebner, one of Waldoboro’s original German immigrants, and a maple from the original home of Alfred Storer, one of the famous shipbuilders of Waldoboro and builder of the Governor Ames, the world’s first five-masted schooner.

The high school is always looking for historic trees or seeds for the arboretum and funding to adequately perpetuate America’s rich heritage. If  interested, visit the signed trees on a knoll at the corner of Miller Road and Manktown Road, or contact the high school at 832-5389.