This week I posted another garden interview in the series “Big Ideas for Small Spaces”. This time I visited with 2 volunteers from the Vanderbilt Garden Association, an amazing group that brought the gardens at Hyde Park’s Vanderbilt Mansion back from ruins.
Many people assume that historic sites have ample funding, but that’s not usually the case and what funds they are tend to go to the restoration and upkeep of the house. The gardens are often left to fade away.
The Vanderbilt Garden Association has been working in stages since 1984, to get the gardens to the quality they are now. Along the way they learned many lessons that would be useful to any gardener. So along with some history of the site, we got some insights, from Sue Williams and Susanne Gillespie, into how to revive a forgotten garden and how to keep it looking great.
You probably don’t have a group of volunteers maintaining your garden, but keep in mind that these are all amateur gardeners, just like us. You’ll find their tips here, along with links to the full webinar and the slideshow, for those of you who prefer to read and enjoy the photos. Just scroll down a little, past the video thumbnail. I’d love to know what you think.