Formal Garden

Notable architecture historian Henry Hope Reed once said about Wethersfield’s gardens that its “inspiration is grand, the tradition noble, and the vision all-seeing.” These words describe the grandeur of Wethersfield’s grounds, which include a 3-acre Formal Garden as well as a 7-acre Wilderness Garden.


Created in the Classical Italian style, the Formal Garden has been described as “the finest classical garden in the United States built in the second half of the twentieth century.”


Architectural features such as terraces, statues, and urns work as visual nodes, while flowers and exotic trees provide contrast for these focal points. Water features enhance the vistas by elongating the view and creating a tranquil sound. The Garden blends these formal elements with those found in the native landscape, creating a stunning visual display.