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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Montpelier's DuPont Garden

President James Madison's formal garden of almost 4 acres in the early 19th century consisted of fruit trees, vegetables, flowers and ornamental shrubs.

Located near Orange county Virginia,  Montpelier was purchased in 1901 by William DuPont, whose wife Annie had two acres of  the garden turned into a 20th century formal garden.
Terraces were restored.  Garden walls, statuary and iron gates were added.
Later  Charles Gillette was commissioned by Marion DuPont Scott to design additional flower beds.

Last year while visiting the garden I took some pictures of the garden later in the summer.  Not much flowering except a few hydrangeas on their way out.   The garden is beautiful this time of year too, with all of the lush greenery , manicured lawns and clipped hedges - elegant.

Upon entrance to formal garden is this huge Cedar of Lebanon  planted during Madison's lifetime.

Entrance to Annie DuPont formal garden

 Peace and tranquility straight ahead

At the entrance of the two acre formal garden is this ornamental iron gate that  opens to walkways
lined with stately box woods

A view to right of entrance way - Crepe Myrtles still in bloom in the distance - large Urns  in background
looking straight away - I like the scent of boxwood and it was strong here.
there is a sundial - as we step a level down

I stepped off the terrace to take a picture of the crepe myrtle and urns in distance.  Also in  an area to the left  are plantings of Siberian Iris, Balloon flower and Peonies.    Steve is standing behind the massive boxwood.   Stopping to take in the beauty and listen to the silence

catnip , sage, thyme and dianthus are a few of the plantings  here

Oak leaf Hydrangeas and Peonies planted on either side of exit from the garden
view to the rolling hills
Leaving garden and the large brick wall that surrounds it

front porch shot

view from porch area

A planter at the entrance to gift shop - I like this
I bought a few shepherds hooks and a couple lanterns,  placed them in planters on each side of my sidewalk this past Christmas - this one  holds a single candle.

Beautiful skies  overhead

Leaving Montpelier but hope to come back to visit garden when flowers are in bloom
I am joining the brambleberry cottage time  travel Thursday linky party


  1. Hi Betsy,
    Oh wow, what a gorgeous garden! All that green looks so nice right now. I love old concrete garden statues/urns, etc. The entrance is beautiful with that cherub plaque and the iron gate is great too. Thanks for sharing such beauty! Gina

  2. This is just beautiful! I've never been there and appreciate that you shared the photos!

  3. Betsy, thank you for this walk trough a wonderful garden! The cedar you can find in Britain also, it needs a lot of place in the garden!
    Beautiful photographs!


  4. What a beautiful garden. Such a wonderful place to visit. Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures.


  5. Just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing Betsy!

  6. Okay this is funny - my grandson has been studying the Presidents - he has to know them all and in order. I will have to show him this beautiful home and area.

  7. Hi Betsy,
    thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment.
    what a lovely place you have here. so glad your visit had led me to you. i'm now your newest follower.
    have a great weekend!


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