From the Gardens

The Longue Vue Gardens are the masterwork of 20th century landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman: a visionary designer, intrepid female entrepreneur, and dear friend to Longue Vue founders Edith and Edgar Stern.

In 1968, Edith opened the gardens of Longue Vue to the public, so the entire community could experience them. Our job today is simple: Continue sharing Shipman’s design legacy with new audiences, from expert horticulturists to local families.

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Upcoming Garden Therapy

Workshops with Amy Graham

Native Plant Propagation for Beginners

Saturday, September 24 from 1PM to 3PM

Join Director of Gardens Amy Graham to learn how to make plants with plants!

Seed saving, storing, and cutting reproduction will be covered in this hands-on workshop. Participants will go home with collected seeds, four starter plants,

and a powerful new skill set! This is an indoor and outdoor program with all tools provided.  Light snacks served.

$55 general; $45 annual members; $35 children ages 3-12



More 2022 Workshops

September 24: Native Plant Propagation for Beginners

October 15: Seed Collecting

October 22: Fall Flower Arranging

November 19: Wreath Making

December 10: Wreath Making

Click the workshop of your choice for tickets and more details!

Email Amy Graham at with questions.

From our September newsletter:

In gratitude for 20 years of gardening, sharing, and inspiration

As I begin my 21st year at Longue Vue, I am grateful for the uncountable wonderful memories that have come with being immersed in this enchanting place.

In 2009, I remember how I loved planting big trees in the rain with my fellow gardeners, singing and splashing through the whole event. One day when I spotted three baby screech owls and their mother sitting on a branch near the Goldfish Pond, I gathered visitors around to gasp in hushed amazement.

When Judith Tankard sat with me at the Overlook in 2007 and showed me the Shipman sight lines through her eyes, the gravity of the garden design made me proud to be just a small part of stewarding this great masterpiece.

I am very thankful for the hundreds of wonderful people I have worked with and encountered in my time here. I know that year 21 will bring more good memories of happy gardening, sharing the magic of Longue Vue, and of course, more lifelong learning!

– Amy Graham, Director of Gardens


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Ask a Gardener

Ask Director of Gardens Amy Graham about the Longue Vue Gardens, or for seasonal tips about your own garden:


Ask About Pest Control

Ask Integrated Plant Care Gardener and Longue Vue newsletter columnist Simeon Benjamin about all of your natural pest control needs:



Did you know?  We do insect identification and rescue!

Send photos to our Director of Gardens, Amy Graham at to get an identification or drop off unwanted specimens at the Gate House.

Garden Volunteers: Give and grow.


Garden Volunteers meet every Thursday from 8:30AM to 10:30AM, and every second Saturday from 9AM to 11AM. Volunteers work alongside the garden staff on large projects which are vital to Longue Vue’s survival!

Projects include weeding, planting, mulching, sweeping, raking, soil building and more.

Please register to volunteer by date using the link below. For additional information including “no stooping” or low impact volunteer opportunities like seed packet stuffing, contact Director of Gardens Amy Graham at