Getting There

Getting There

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.

Early 1930s looking east towards Burkhardt Road

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!

Saving the historic Farm houses, soon to become welcome and learning centers

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.

Parking Lots and Roads
Storm Sewage Catch Basin
Installation of Drainage Lines
The New Learning Center in the Early Stages of Completion

A New Pavilion Emerges

From bare dirt and blocks, many hours of design and work, the beginnings of a majestic Garden become a reality.

Our greeters, Flora and Folia
Mother Aline’s Heirloom Peonies

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.

Excavation for new retaining walls and terraces
Beginnings of west entrance

The new West Entrance is Finished!