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Langdon House garden arches undergo repairs

January 14, 2014

Preparing a new postHistoric New England's carpentry crew spent a few days in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this fall tending to the rose arbor that features prominently in the gardens at Governor John Langdon House.

Few structures are as vulnerable as wooden garden features. The well-watered and rich soils that sustain gardens present especially challenging conditions, breaking down wood as part of the same cycle that nourishes the plantings. Regular maintenance is a must, and periodic replacement is inevitable.

This is the third consecutive year that the Langdon House rose arbor has undergone phased replacement of posts, arches, and laths. We anticipate several more years of work to address needed repairs.

Please consider supporting the ongoing care of Langdon House and Historic New England's thirty-five other properties with a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.

View a gallery of the repairs

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Langdon House garden arches undergo repairs