"Preserving an increasingly valuable historic collection representing Skowhegan's legacy and promoting Skowhegan's cultural heritage"


Skowhegan History House

History House Association, Inc.

Heirloom Gardens


Meet the Master Gardener


Patricia Horine


     Patricia Horine was born in New London Connecticut and grew up in a beautiful rural neighborhood in nearby Uncasville.  She graduated from high school in 1963 and from Hanover College (Indiana) in 1967. She earned a Masters degree in Educational Counseling from Chicago’s Roosevelt University in 1976.  Patricia was employed as an elementary school teacher in an inner-city Chicago school for several years and after completing her graduate work, became a licensed social worker.  She recently retired after nearly 35 years of community, school, or hospital-based social work.


     Patricia married her college sweetheart, Sam Horine in 1975.  They moved from Chicago to Canaan Maine in 1979.  They have two children:  Sam, age 32, who lives with his wife Robin Wellington in Brooklyn NY and Rachael, age 26, who lives in Skowhegan with her infant daughter and partner, Travis Wood.  Patricia and Sam have lived in Skowhegan since 1986. 


     Patricia joined the History House Board of Trustees in 1988, serving first as Secretary and currently as Treasurer and Gardener. She believes she was recruited to the Board because she was a neighbor and could keep an eye on the building!  Her first love has always been gardening – not history. 


     Patricia became a Master Gardener in 2002 and a Certified Landscape Design consultant in 2006. For her Master Gardener Volunteer project, Patricia chose to transform the existing History House gardens into heirloom gardens that showcase plant material typical to the period of the History House (1839). The History House Heirloom Gardens have been featured in several Garden Tours and are highlighted on the History House DVD.  Many visitors stroll through the Heirloom Gardens throughout the gardening season.


     Patricia is a past member of the Bloomfield Garden Club and the Skowhegan Conservation Commission.  She is currently active in Main Street Skowhegan’s Design Committee and regularly participates in Colby College Museum’s “Art & Bloom” program. 


     In addition to the History House Gardens, Patricia helped create and currently maintains the downtown Triangle Garden, the new Aubuchon Garden, and the Gazebo Garden in Coburn Park.  She also has extensive personal gardens.