What To See At Reynolda Gardens
From Estate Design to Gardens and Greenhouses, there are many areas to explore and see at Reynolda Gardens. Be sure to make time for The Boathouse and Natural Areas or put them on your list for your next visit!
The 129 acres that comprise Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University were once at the center of Reynolda, the early twentieth century estate of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Reynolds. Several prominent architects, landscape architects, and designers were employed to transform over one thousand acres of farmland into a country estate.
The formal garden has been restored to the appearance of the early twentieth century design. The greenhouses contain a display of exotic plants, facilities for producing plants for the gardens and for sale, and a classroom. In addition, there is a nature trail through the woods, a meadow managed for wildlife and environmental education, and a former lake which has been allowed to revert back into natural wetland.
Visitors are invited to explore Reynolda Gardens during daylight hours year-round. The formal gardens have been restored to the appearance of the early twentieth century plans, combining historic plants with new introductions; and historic design with the best modern horticultural practices. The Conservatory display of exotic plants and working greenhouses full of plants for the gardens and for sale educate and inspire children and adults. Woodland trails beckon birders and runners; a wetland and a meadow of Piedmont native plants provide habitat for wildlife and endless possibilities for enjoying and learning about nature.
Check out this video with photography by WFU alum Travis Dove (’04) to get a taste of what a visit to Reynolda might be like. Ode to Reynolda Gardens