Gardens & Grounds
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.
Explore the Gardens
Reynolda Gardens EventsSee full calendar
Sep 21, 2021, 12:30pm
Jimmy Speas will share best practices for growing dahlias.
Sep 23, 2021, 5:30pm
Visit the Olana State Historic Site and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.
Sep 25, 2021, 8:00am
Shop a handpicked selection of native plants and staff favorites.
Sep 28, 2021, 12:30pm
Create representations of leaves using cement and a little imagination.
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.
Oct 12, 2021, 12:30pm
Assistant Horticulturist Amy Dixon will share how reducing our footprint at home is easier than you think.