The Italian Garden at Maymont
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1886, Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley acquired a former dairy farm
on the James River and created a Gilded Age showplace. Today,
Maymont is appreciated as a significant example of an American
country place, a distinctive estate on the grand scale for which
luxurious landscaping was an essential part.
Italian Garden was designed by Noland and Baskervill and completed
by 1910. The garden incorporates traditional elements of the style,
including balustraded terraces, geometrically shaped beds or parterres,
clipped evergreens, fountains and a pergola. A Cascade Fountain
descends from the promenade to the lower level of the garden.
Other gardens at Maymont include the Japanese Garden and Herb
Garden. Maymont is also a nationally respected Arboretum with
hundreds of native and exotic trees.
maintained and operated by a private nonprofit foundation, Maymont's
complex also features a Nature Center, Native Virginia Wildlife
Exhibits, Children's Farm and Carriage Collection.
with the cooperation of The Maymont Foundation.
© 1999 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1999 Bill Harrah