The French Formal Rose Garden, the Sunken Garden and the Gazebo Garden will each accommodate up to 250 guests.
This beautiful formal garden is a wonderful, sunny setting overlooking the pond and fountain. The circular lawn in this garden is surrounded by beds that are filled with colorful and fragrant roses. These low- maintenance roses include lots of pink, white, yellow and red. A curved, Pennsylvania bluestone walkway delineates the northern edge of this space and is accented with formal boxwoods and yews.
A stately pergola is positioned above this walkway and eight colorful hanging baskets provide seasonal color from this structure. Granite urns punctuate this garden with color and formality. Peripheral plantings surround and define this very special space, designed as a French formal garden.
This informal garden space is located on the eastern edge of the pond. It is truly the “coolest spot” in the gardens due to a combination of breezes across the water as well as ample shade from mature hackberry trees. An ornate gazebo structure is the focal point of the garden and provides a restive spot for contemplation near the water. The gazebo frames a wonderful view across the pond to the Japanese arched bridge and fountain beyond. Plantings throughout this garden focus on varieties that will tolerate part shade or even deep shade conditions. Color and texture abound with perennials and annuals, both in beds and containers.
This lovely rectangular garden space is defined by an impressive clipped hedge of Eastern arborvitae. Large cottonwoods and honeylocust overhang the garden, providing dappled shade at times as well as a sense of enclosure. Wide, peripheral planting beds are defined by a low, lannon stone wall and are filled with drifts of bulbs, perennials and annuals. Over 200 varieties of plants are grown in this garden every year. Spring colors include blues, violets and yellows. Summer colors become more vibrant with yellow, reds, maroon, white and touches of blue. A large, center section of lawn is ringed with a brick walkway and accented with a fountain at the east end. Eight large containers provide seasonal color as do “planting pockets” along the walkways.
The Japanese Garden, English Cottage Garden and the North Point Garden are more intimate spaces, accommodating up to 40 guests.