Grand Opening of the New Formal Garden - Paine Art Center and Gardens

Grand Opening of the New Formal Garden

September 24, 2017

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

On Sunday, September 24th, the Paine Art Center and Gardens will celebrate the completion of the property’s new formal garden with a free grand opening for the public from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Guests are invited to come and wander through the garden and to enjoy its many architectural and horticultural features. Admission to the Paine’s gardens will be free throughout the day. (Regular admission to enter the mansion applies.)

The formal garden is located along the Paine property’s eastern border adjacent to the new conservatory building, which was constructed in 2012. Work on the garden began in April of this year, and more than 100 tradespersons have worked on the many dimensions of the elaborate project under the direction of general contractor J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. The $2 million project has been funded by more than 370 people and entities who donated to the Paine’s capital campaign.

Encompassing more than 15,000 sq. ft., the new garden features a 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. 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 art exhibitions, the new formal garden will be an outdoor “gallery” that features changing seasonal displays of plants. As a three season garden, the space will present a bulb display in the spring, an annual display in the summer, and then a frost-hardy display in the fall.

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.

The construction previews of the new formal garden and the free grand opening for the public have been sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.  

Learn more about the project and see architectural drawings and construction photos: New Formal Garden>

Photo by Mark Dexter of Simply Love Films

Grand Opening Sponsor

Daytime Hours and Rates

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special hours and admission rates apply during The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark and HYBYCOZO Sculptures in Daylight, through October 30, 2022. Reservations are required for nighttime visits.