Amstel House Garden Rehabilitation
Why Can't We Keep the Garden the Way It Is?
Gardens are always evolving, never static, and historic gardens need rehabilitation every 10-15 years. Some plants are now too large for a garden of this size. Some plants, especially the boxwoods, are old and dying. Some parts of the garden have become too shady for the plants now there to thrive. Labor costs have grown over the years, and some parts of the garden are too labor-intensive for a small non-profit organization to maintain.
Why Aren't We Returning the Garden to Gillette's Original Design?
Charles Gillette created multiple designs for the Amstel House garden. In addition to those owned by the New Castle Historical Society, some are housed at the University of Virginia. None of the designs was ever fully installed, perhaps because of cost. Today it's impractical to install fully any of Gillette's designs because of changes in light and shade, drainage, available plant varieties, and plant hardiness. Today the garden also needs more open lawn area than Gillette originally designed so it can host events such as garden parties and weddings.
Starting in 2018, the Amstel House garden is undergoing a rehabilitation designed by landscape architect Anne Walters. The purpose of the rehabilitation is to:
Board member Alice Jarvis is project director of the Amstel Garden rehabilitation. Please click here to contact her with your questions, or complete the form below.