A Living Glimpse into the Past

The Formal Gardens, designed by Thomas Sears, are rooted along a central path that branches out to connect the ornamental garden and the vegetable garden. A cross path divides the Formal Gardens into four garden “rooms,” called parterres. These garden rooms serve as living collections, each with their own “exhibition” title: Pink & White Garden, West Rose Garden, East Rose Garden, and Blue & Yellow Garden. 

In addition to these curated spaces, you’ll find Japanese-style tea houses, pergolas, two fountains, perennial and shrub borders, and specimen trees. 

While landscape architects originally advocated for the Formal Gardens to be an extension of the main residence, Katharine Reynolds wanted her gardens to be an extension of the greenhouses. This allowed the gardens to be accessible to the public from Reynolda Road and ensured the privacy of the family.

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Reynolda Gardens Events

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Lauren Olinger/Red Cardinal Studio

Sep 25, 2021, 8:00am

Shop a handpicked selection of native plants and staff favorites.

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Oct 5, 2021, 12:30pm

Hoffman Nursery’s Shannon Currey will introduce you to plants that are not only aesthetically striking but terrific problem-solvers.

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