Friday, February 24, 2012

Historic Reynolda Gardens

Last month I posted pictures of some Snowdrops and Daffodils that I photographed in Reynolda Gardens last year. I took those pictures exactly a year ago this week. You can see them HERE.

I want to share with you the rest of the pictures I took that day. Reynolda House and Gardens are about 20 minutes from where we live. There wasn't a whole lot in bloom at that time (late February), but you can still get an idea of the style and layout of the gardens.  This is a photo-intensive post, my friends.  There were so many pretty things to see, and I couldn't bear to leave any of the pictures out.

Pink flowered Cherry trees are just bursting into bloom...


...while the Saucer Magnolias' pink buds are still closed.

I love this rich, vibrant shade of pink. 

Cheerful,  sunny, yellow daffodils.

I'm pretty sure this is Candytuft --

White Pansies with yellow centers...

More Saucer Magnolias.

Someone's soaking up the sun.  :)

The pictures below show the 1913 Lord and Burnham greenhouse and conservatory, which I think is an integral part of these gardens.  These pictures don't do this building justice; it really is beautiful.

This is still a working greenhouse.  Some examples of what they do here are gardening classes taught by local Master Gardeners for adults, as well as programs for school students.  In the spring of this year, the gardens will offer a rose care clinic, and the greenhouse will have a tomato plant sale offering hard-to-find heirloom varieties.  In addition, every spring the Friends of Reynolda Gardens host a spring plant sale of specialty annuals and perrennials, including herbs and vegetables.

Bunches of daffodils waiting to bloom.

You can see the manor house through the trees in the distance.  I'll post on that later.

Do you see the cottage in the background of this picture?  It reminds me of a woodcutter's cottage in a children's fairytale.

Here's a closer view.  I love the shape of the roof and the hinges on the door.

Precious Snowdrops...

...and some holly berries to remind us of winter.

I'll leave you to enjoy the remaining images.

It's really not hard to imagine I've just taken a stroll through the gardens of Downton Abbey.  Later in the spring, there will be Roses, Azaleas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, and English Bluebells blooming here.  A beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

If you're interested, you can read more about the history of Reynolda Gardens HERE.  Reynolda House was built in 1917, and the gardens date back to that same time period.

Thank you for your visit, and I'm joining the following:  Potpourri Friday, hosted by Honey at 2805, Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound, and Seasonal Sundays, hosted by the Tablescaper.  Thank you, ladies, for hosting!



  1. Hi Denise.

    I love that place . My daughter works about 10 mins. from it and we often go out there summer evenings and have dinner over in the village.

    I wanted to give the garden a few more weeks before I go take photos. Hopefully the azaleas will be in bloom by then.

    If you get a chance make sure to go visit there while the Easter displays are up- they are so pretty..

    Thanks for all the great pictures. We sure have a beautiful city in many areas.


    1. I would love to visit one day. I am hearing so much lately about Downton Abbey, I have to check it out. Does it have repeats on during the week? xo

  2. What a nice trip from my sofa! That must have been a wonderful day...and that pink tree is gonna look awesome in a few months!

  3. The gardens are so beautiful. They will surely be beautiful in full bloom. I am glad that you shared your tour.

  4. Wow, wonderful! Love the photos. Happy Pink Saturday, wishing you a lovely weekend filled with happy. xo Katherine P.S> Have you entered my sweetheart giveaway? Only two days left to enter :-)

  5. Very pretty. Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #21)

  6. Happy Pink Saturday Denise Sweetie...
    Oh my gosh what a beautiful share. I would so love to visit this beautiful garden. I want to live in the woodcutter's cottage. Is that a dream place
    or what? It is the perfect little place amongst all of this beauty.

    I would love to see the magnolias in full bloom. I have always heard that the
    smell magnificent.

    Would love to purchase a plant from there during their sale, just to say that
    I have one of their babies in my garden as well. What fun.

    Thank you for taking me along today. I am your newest follower and can't wait to
    see where you take me next. Country hugs sweetie, Sherry

  7. Your PINK is very pretty!
    thanks for sharing...and HAppy PINk SatURday!

    ciao bella.
    Creative Carmelina

  8. Thank you for sharing this lovely tour at Potpourri Friday!

  9. What a beautiful place to visit. Lucky for you to have it so close. Thanks for being such a wonderful contributor to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Thanks for taking us along to these beautiful gardens.

  11. Hi Denise! I enjoyed my tour of Reynolda Gardens~ believe it or not I've never been! The Cherry Trees are in full bloom here and thankfully didn't have every flower & leaf ripped off from the 60mph winds we had. Enjoy your Sunday :)

  12. These photos are beautiful..I have yet to make it to those gardens yet...Will definitely plan to do so..I live in Chapel Hill, NC!...

  13. Thank you for the lovely tour of Reynolda Gardens. Your photos are very good and make me wish I could have strolled the garden with you.

  14. Lovely lovely photos, what a beautiful place. I just got back from visiting my step daughter and family in northern last week. The neighbor had one of those beautiful pink magnolia trees and they are truly magnificent. They say they are messy though, I think I could get past that in order to be able to just "be" with that tree while it blooms.

  15. Well now I have to google Downtown Abbey because my daughter has tweeted about it twice and now you and I haven't a clue what it is.

    But as to the tour... oh my goodness, you and are are such kindred souls because I would love this place. I have a certified black thumb, but I love what happens inside my head when I'm walking through a place like that. I love the details that you pointed out to the cottage, and it DOES bring to mind a fairy tale.

    I will be looking forward to visiting the Manor House with you, too.


    BTW, I followed you on linky just in case that turns out to be the way to go in the future. I'm still planning to follow my blogspot blog friends on google for now, though.

  16. Looks like a great place to visit. I am flower starved! I broke down and bought a few bunches of dafodills at the supermarket!



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