Tudor Place
  • Armistead Peter 3rd, the estate’s last private owner, and guests in Garden, ca. 1973. TUDOR PLACE ARCHIVE

Preserve the Garden

“No one knows better than I … that older plants die and vanish and other things have to be planned in advance to take their places. That is one of the pleasures of a gardener--to see that although there is constant change, yet in many ways, in spirit, particularly, it shall remain the same.” —Armistead Peter 3rd, fourth owner of Tudor Place

The Tudor Place garden served both agrarian and decorative uses into the mid-1900s but, since the 1960s, has been primarily ornamental -- a designed landscape for the Peter family to enjoy and a laboratory for modern horticultural practice. Recent conservation projects have preserved tree canopy, restored the Box Knot, Dining Terrace, and Grape Arbor for future generations, and enabled advances in ecological sustainability.

While preserving the past, these efforts look forward by promoting greater sustainability through climate-hardy plantings and improved drainage. Our hardworking garden staff use ecological improvements including compost, organic materials, and careful calibration of fertilization and irrigation, to reduce runoff and water usage. With help from interns and volunteers, the museum cultivates its horticultural bounty not only for beauty but also as a resource for preservation scholarship and education.

Tudor Place employs the best practices of both museums and public gardens in tending to the estate’s “living collection” of heirloom plants. Tudor Place is classifying and accessioning more than 400 trees into the collection, treating them with the same level of stewardship and professional care received by the house, archive, and other treasured objects. The accessioning of other plants will follow.