Frederick Law Olmsted intended the Walled Garden to be mixed plots of flowers, fruits and vegetables, typical of an English kitchen garden, but Mr. Vanderbilt insisted on a "garden of ornament rather than utility." Accordingly, this formal garden consists of two lengthy arbors entwined with vines and symmetrical flower beds arranged in patterns. The garden blooms with a progression of colors in spring with daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. Summer is alive with lush perennial borders and over the top annual displays newly designed every year in our interpretation of traditional Victorian era ‘bedding out’ displays. Fall is a multihued display of chrysanthemums.
Your self–guided visit of the Walled Garden is included in estate admission.