Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt Gardens, the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Sites, National Park Services, Hyde Park, New York
Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt bought a 600 acre estate in Hyde Park overlooking the Hudson River Valley in 1895. McKim, Meade and White, well-known architects from New York were hired to build a new home. Frederick Vanderbilt with a keen interest in horticulture oversaw the installation of an Italian formal garden. His garden was tiered, the multiple levels dedicated to specific types of plants: annuals, perennials, shrubs and roses. The gardens boast 6,000 annuals and 1,800 roses many of which are vintage. Vanderbilt sought to follow the mirror image of an Italian garden with a line drawn either horizontally or vertically. Often Mr. Vanderbilt would win local competition at flower shows in Dutchess County, New York.
A Plant Sale of annuals, perennials and shrubs some from the Vanderbilt gardens or supplied by the volunteers and their gardens will take place on Saturday, May 28th.
For information contact:
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
National Park Service 845-229-9115