Spanning 10 acres, the Whitehall Mansion grounds feature an arboretum, a specimen garden, a formal Florentine Garden and the Woodland Fern Garden, all of which are open for the public to explore and enjoy.
The Arboretum feature a diverse collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers, including rare or uncommon species. The Specimen Garden, affectionately known as ‘Annie’s Garden,’ was established in 2001 and is tucked away at the back of the grounds. The Garden features a variety of evergreens and specimen tree set along a winding path, herbaceous plants, perennials and bulbs, and over 60 varieties of peonies that blossom in the springtime. The Specimen Garden celebrates this Victorian flower at an annual Peony Festival every year in early May.
The Formal Florentine Garden at Whitehall was designed by Hume Logan, Jr. in the early 1970s and is characterized by its ornate Florentine influence with wrought iron trellises and authentic reproductions of Italian statuary from Logan’s personal collection. Neatly divided into open air ‘rooms’ bordered by hedgerows and arborvitae, the Garden is anchored by a carefully tended herbaceous border and features stunning flowering blooms from early spring through mid-October.
Whitehall’s Woodland Fern Garden is a hidden treasure that features an unprecedented collection of ferns and other woodland plants from both the region and around the world, with more than 150 species and sub-species, including 30 named Victorian cultivars. The Garden also serves as what is known as a ‘stumpery,’ a Victorian garden style where tree logs and stumps are used to plant ferns and other woodland plants.
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