stepswithgirlsPhotographs from the 1880s and 1890s show a garden in front of the Mansion, located near the steps that led guests from the circular driveway to the front staircase. It had become overgrown with, among many things, lilies of the valley and a menacing rosebush when Mansion gardener Margery Johnstone and her student helper, John Levengood, rescued the area and expanded upon it.

Its location, close to the house and the front windows, was an ideal spot for a parlor garden that allowed for the scent of a fragrant combination of roses, perennials, and annuals to whiff into the mansion.

Plant List

  • Rose “Louise Odier”