Gardens and Greenhouses
Old and new varieties of plants combine with historical design and current horticultural technique to create vibrant and fascinating gardens throughout the seasons. Plants are labeled in one or more places where they appear in the garden. Visitors are invited to stroll through the gardens during daylight hours year-round. Programs, classes, workshops, and volunteer opportunities extend the educational value of the gardens and greenhouses.
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Conservatory and Growing Houses
The Lord and Burnham greenhouse range was completed in 1913. Today the Conservatory features an educational display of plants from around the world, including orchids, bromeliads, cacti, aroids, and palms. Plants for the gardens and for sale are produced in the Growing Houses. The Reynolda Gardens Plant Shop is located in the passageway that connects the Conservatory and the Head House. The Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County operates the Garden Boutique in the Head House.
Thomas Sears designed the sunken garden, approximately two acres in size, in 1917. A restoration of the garden to the appearance of early twentieth century plans was completed in 1997. Structures were restored, rehabilitated, or reconstructed. Plantings in the Greenhouse Gardens are the same varieties or close substitutes of those on the original plant list. The garden includes four theme gardens—the Pink and White Garden, the Blue and Yellow Garden, and two Greenhouse Rose Gardens, Japanese-style tea houses, pergolas, two fountains, perennial and shrub borders, a central lawn, and specimen trees.
Fruit, Cut Flower, and Nicer Vegetable Garden
Thomas Sears designed the Fruit, Cut Flower, and Nicer Vegetable Garden in 1921. Approximately two acres in size, this section was divided into beds and borders separated by post-and-rail fencing and crushed gravel walkways. Garden shelters continued the Japanese-style building theme. Within the original footprint of the design, these gardens combine historical plantings with modern plants and horticultural techniques. The Playhouse, located on a knoll above the garden, is not open to the public.