The seeds of this magnificent garden were planted many years ago. As was common practice in so much of our country, by the 1930s most areas had been clear cut of all trees for farming. Only fields remained.
The photograph was taken soon after Edgar and Aline Igleheart purchased the property, all fields. But fortunately, they had the foresight to envision a magnificent country estate surrounded by beautiful grounds designed for the enjoyment of their young family and the race horses they loved. They immediately planted 65 different species of trees that grace the property today and are the foundation of the Garden. If you look very closely at the above image, you can see some of the newly planted saplings with white labels.
As the Garden evolves from a private family estate to a public Sanctuary, construction dominates the serene grounds. With a mission to create the most unique and beautiful Gardens in the area, the Foundation is undertaking immense efforts to restore the property as a beautiful and enjoyable experience for all. A Sanctuary for the Soul!
Along with restoration, many new projects must be undertaken to provide the infrastructure required for a pubic facility. New roads and drainage lines, new parking lots, new electric.
A New Pavilion Emerges
From bare dirt and blocks, many hours of design and work, the beginnings of a majestic Garden become a reality.
Forty-nine cisterns were uncovered on the property, many formerly used for fire prevention. Cherished perennials have been saved, including mother Aline’s beautiful heirloom peonies. Holly, magnolia, maples and many other new varieties of trees have been recently planted. New shrub and flowers beds are in various stages of completion.