The walled King’s Garden was originally designed in 1921 by leading landscape architect Marian Coffin. The formal elements – a reflecting pool, manicured lawn and hedges, and brick walls and walkways – are softened by a profusion of annuals and perennials, carefully arranged by color and form. Heirloom flowers and modern cultivars are used to recreate the historic planting scheme. Visitor favorites include the lavender border, towering hollyhocks, bearded irises, dinner plate dahlias and many types of phlox.
The nine-foot brick walls create a backdrop for borders while thirty-two geometrically shaped beds anchor the central lawn and reflecting pool. Stroll along paths to a shady seating area in the teahouse, a significant two-story architectural design element. Gates of wrought iron and steel, urns, benches, a lead watering trough and numerous plaques and ornaments decorate the garden. The Young Diana, a bronze by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington is the garden’s crowning jewel.
Outside the walls the Discovery Gardens – a children’s garden, military vegetable garden, and Three Sisters Garden, plus a restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, charming gazebo, sweeping lawns and shady picnic spots invite you to explore the landscape.