“I hold that the best purpose of a garden is to give delight and to give refreshment of mind, to soothe, to refine, and to lift up the heart in spirit of praise and thankfulness…”
– Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1933, quote from Wood and Garden
The Shrub Mall has the regal look and feel of an English country estate garden. Its impressive central lawn or “mall” stretches luxuriously from end to end. Enhanced by clever illusion, the lawn appears longer than it is. The southern edge is 16 feet narrower than the northern edge, visually creating a lengthening effect.
Artistically designed mixed-border beds run the length of the grassy mall. Within these beds, visitors can find all the elements of landscape design tastefully blended. Both interesting to the eye and instructive to the gardening enthusiast, the beds incorporate shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, bulbs, groundcover and vines. Collections of Intermediate Bearded Iris and exotic Tree Peonies bloom simultaneously in mid-May.
Find your way to the Shrub Mall, spread out, breathe deep and take in this Garden’s expansive beauty. Gardeners bring a pen and pad; you’ll want to take notes.