Gardens, revitalized

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Many of our gardens were developed during the so-called “Country Place Era” (1890 to 1930), when wealthy Americans showcased their travels and taste by drawing inspiration from European garden design.

Discover the revitalized public gardens and historic houses at two special places on the North Shore

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Long Hill

At Long Hill, the master plan fosters horticultural education and engaging visitor experiences across its meadows, orchard, gardens, and woodland trails. Long Hill’s gardens originally included expansive views from its hilltop setting, and rediscovery of those views will be a focal point as more detailed planning work occurs this fall. Long Hill’s orchard will also be transformed through the removal of invasive species and the reclamation of its lush meadow understory.

Support for the transformation comes from Nancy Putnam for the Nancy and George Putnam Learning Center at Long Hill and Cecily Colburn and the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund for support of the Long Hill Greenhouse, as well as other generous supporters.  


The Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens

Visitors are welcomed through a new entry on Chickering Road and enjoy a series of innovative garden experiences through new pathways to the main house.


To transform these two beloved garden properties, The Trustees is working closely with Mikyoung Kim Design landscape architects and Maryann Thompson Architects to craft inspired visions for both reservations. Trustees is also collaborating with Members and local community supporters to advise and inform the design process, and is excited to share news on progress as these plans develop and take shape through the coming weeks and months.

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Fergus Garrett on Great Dixter

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