The expanded and updated gardens will celebrate history and horticulture, while continuing to connect community to both of these very special places.
More than $9.5 million in funding was secured in 2018 in order to begin this vital work. Mikyoung Kim Design landscape architects and Maryann Thompson Architects have been engaged, and are currently crafting inspired visions for both reservations, which also includes advice and consultation with Members and local community supporters.
The house and gardens at The Stevens-Coolidge Place celebrate history and horticulture, and connect the community to this special place. The Trustees plan builds upon the popularity this 91-acre reservation has achieved in recent years through increased programming and events by expanding the garden experience. The previously restored gardens—including the rose garden, greenhouse, potager, perennial garden, and cutting garden—provide the estate’s primary link to the past. The plan preserves the overall architectural structure and American Country Place style, while adding new and expanded display garden spaces—featuring plantings of the latest ornamental species, varieties, and cultivars in contemporary designs—as well as creating native shrub and wildflower displays, and nature trails through the woodlands, fields, and meadows of the historic Ashdale Farm property [view the fact sheet].