“Early American Garden Design: Popular Landscaping in Colonial and Victorian America” will be the topic at the Warren Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. in Warren.

Diana George Chapin will present a collection of slides and will talk about how gardening has changed over the course of American history. Her slides illustrate popular landscape design techniques of the Colonial and Victorian eras and will help anyone with an old home or an interest in heirloom gardening to develop their landscape using traditional design techniques. Her slides showcase many of the old-fashioned flowers among the collection growing at The Heirloom Garden of Maine, which Chapin owns and operates with her mother, Sandy George.

Their nursery and greenhouse is located on a 90-acre farm that was originally settled by a soldier of the American Revolution around 1800. The two women collect, preserve and propagate over 300 varieties of flowers, bulbs, vegetables and herbs that were common in early American gardens. They offer plants and early American-style decorations through their farm, autumn and holiday annuals.

Chapin learned to garden alongside her mother and grandmother on a circa 1800s Maine farmstead. Four generations of Diana’s family farmed various historic properties in the town, and she developed an appreciation of old-fashioned flowers and working, historic landscapes early in life.

The gardens at The Heirloom Garden of Maine are open for Maine Open Farm Days. The farm’s collection of heirloom plants as well as an heirloom vegetable and edible flower tasting draw gardeners and food enthusiasts from throughout the state and New England to the farm each summer.

Chapin holds a bachelor of science degree in landscape horticulture and design, and a master of science degree in plant, soil and environmental science from the University of Maine. She is also a professional writer, photographer and speaker on agricultural and horticultural issues. She lives in Montville with her husband, John, and their two daughters, Julia, 18, and Emma, 15.

Warren Historical Society meetings and programs are free and open to the public. Members and guests are urged to bring a dessert featuring edible flowers or herbs to share at the end of the meeting. The program is being sponsored by the kind generosity of Barley Jo Farms of Warren. For more information call 273-2726.