Encompassing more than 15,000 sq. ft., the new garden will feature an elaborate, symmetrical design with two fountains, stone architectural elements, two long pergolas, and a variety of planting beds. The design is inspired by the romance of English country estates while complementing the character of the historic Paine property. The $2 million project has been funded by more than 370 people and entities who donated to the Paine’s capital campaign.
Designed by an award-winning, internationally recognized landscape architect, Doug Hoerr of Chicago, the new garden will be a major attraction that increases regional awareness of the Paine. Aaron Sherer, Executive Director of the Paine, says, “The garden will be a living artwork in which people can marvel at the wonder of nature in concert with the ingenuity of humankind.”
Similar to the Paine mansion’s main gallery, which features changing “blockbuster” art exhibitions, the new formal garden will be a major outdoor “gallery” that features the most spectacular changing seasonal displays of plants. As a three season garden, the space will present a spectacular bulb display in the spring, a major annual display in the summer, and then a frost-hardy display in the fall. These garden displays will change significantly year to year and provide additional incentives for visitors to come again and again.
The new formal garden will also provide additional opportunities for garden education. The garden will be used to expose visitors to plant varieties and design concepts for their own gardens. The Paine will also offer garden workshops and activities that take advantage of the proximity of the conservatory, an indoor multi-function space, to the formal garden.
To watch the garden come to life, see photos and updates in the Construction of the New Formal Garden album on Facebook.