Third Century · Restore the Historic Landscape
Only restoration and enhanced infrastructure can preserve the historic garden for future generations.
Based on 18th-century design principles, Tudor Place’s 5½-acre garden reflects 200 years of horticulture and land use. To maintain this magnificent landscape, old-growth trees and heritage plants must be protected, garden structures conserved, and long-term ecological management plans initiated. Currently, inadequate drainage systems lead to erosion and damaging pooling. Outdoor lighting fails to meet the needs of visitors and staff. Walkways are inaccessible to those with physical challenges. And wooden structures and fencing are aged and fragile.
A Plan to Restore the Historic Landscape
The Master Preservation Plan will:
- Construct a Greenhouse and Learning Center for propagating historic plant material (for sale as well as replacement), over-wintering potted plants like the Sago Palms, and hosting educational activities to promote understanding of science and horticulture.
- Restore essential Garden features like the Kitchen Arbor, Smokehouse Arbor, Thistle Terrace, Japanese Tea House, foundations and pools, and fencing.
- Restore historic lighting features and install discreet new ones to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
- Improve water management and sustainability by installing a cistern-based system to reduce runoff and erosion while capturing rainfall for irrigation.
- Consolidate pathways to improve accessibility.
- Create new interpretive materials and signage that identify plant materials and the landscape’s historical uses and design.