Amstel House Garden Rehabilitation
The Amstel House garden recently completed a rehabilitation designed by landscape architect Anne Walters. The purpose of the rehabilitation was to:
Why Didn't We Return 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.
Why Couldn't We Keep the Garden the Way It Has Been Recently?
Gardens are always evolving, never static, and historic gardens need rehabilitation every 10-15 years. Some plants had become too large for a garden of this size. Some plants, especially the boxwoods, were old and dying. Some parts of the garden have become too shady for the plants there to thrive. Labor costs have grown over the years, and some parts of the garden were too labor-intensive for a small non-profit organization to maintain.
Why Wasn't the Second Brick Pathway to Delaware Street Added?
Gillette's designs show a second brick pathway to Delaware Street in the upper left corner of the garden. The photo below shows that the second pathway led to a second gate that is now gone. Also now gone are the shop that was once between the two gates and a dormer window that had been added to Amstel House.
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.