The landmark home held my interest for an entire day. After the architect's tour, the butler's tour, and a lunch with fried green tomatoes (for only the second time in this native New Yorker's life) it was time to head to the gardens and greenhouse. This is a garden blog after all. So enjoy lots of pictures with some little comment and thoughts.
There were no suburban foundation plantings at the front entrance. But MY! Look at the size and contents of some of the planters along the front!
The first stop was at the sunken garden. It featured three water gardens.
Notice the formal plan and shapes of the ponds: Informally arranged plants within the formal outline of the ponds.
A path from the sunken garden to the greenhouse crossed what I call the annuals gardens - right down the middle.
But wait, look at some of the beds along the perimeter walk: Bananas, canna, and castor bean.