A Living Glimpse into the Past

The Formal Gardens, designed by Thomas Sears, are rooted along a central path that branches out to connect the ornamental garden and the vegetable garden. A cross path divides the Formal Gardens into four garden “rooms,” called parterres. These garden rooms serve as living collections, each with their own “exhibition” title: Pink & White Garden, West Rose Garden, East Rose Garden, and Blue & Yellow Garden. 

In addition to these curated spaces, you’ll find Japanese-style tea houses, pergolas, two fountains, perennial and shrub borders, and specimen trees. 

While landscape architects originally advocated for the Formal Gardens to be an extension of the main residence, Katharine Reynolds wanted her gardens to be an extension of the greenhouses. This allowed the gardens to be accessible to the public from Reynolda Road and ensured the privacy of the family.

In the Gardens
Fruit, Cut Flower & Vegetable Garden
Japanese Teahouse in Blue & Yellow Garden
Fruit, Cut Flower & Vegetable Garden
Japanese Teahouses
Blue & Yellow Garden
Dick and Smith Reynolds’s Log Cabin Playhouse

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Gardens Events

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Jul 17, 2024, 10:00am — 11:00am

Wednesday, March 20- Cherry Blossoms  Wednesday, April 10- Bulbs of Reynolda Wednesday, April 24- Worms Wednesday, May 1- Peonies/Poppies Wednesday, May 15- Planting at Reynolda Wednesd…

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Jul 24, 2024, 10:00am — 11:00am

Wednesday, March 20- Cherry Blossoms  Wednesday, April 10- Bulbs of Reynolda Wednesday, April 24- Worms Wednesday, May 1- Peonies/Poppies Wednesday, May 15- Planting at Reynolda Wednesd…

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Jul 29, 2024, 8:30am — 12:30pm

Young Naturalists who complete first through fifth grades this school year will spend the week exploring the gardens, greenhouses, woodlands, meadows, and streams of Reynolda with expert naturalists a…

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Aug 14, 2024, 10:00am — 11:00am

Wednesday, March 20- Cherry Blossoms  Wednesday, April 10- Bulbs of Reynolda Wednesday, April 24- Worms Wednesday, May 1- Peonies/Poppies Wednesday, May 15- Planting at Reynolda Wednesd…

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Aug 28, 2024, 10:00am — 11:00am

Wednesday, March 20- Cherry Blossoms  Wednesday, April 10- Bulbs of Reynolda Wednesday, April 24- Worms Wednesday, May 1- Peonies/Poppies Wednesday, May 15- Planting at Reynolda Wednesd…

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