Our Walled Garden was described in 1917 by its architect, Welles Bosworth, as an Indo-Persian garden. The form originated in ancient Persia and developed throughout the Mughal Empire. While we have long celebrated the garden’s Persian roots through our annual Mehregan Gala, we now turn our attention to the garden’s “Indo” side. Our first ever Mughal Garden Party will take place on Sunday, September 19, and feature garden tours, a performance by the Parul Shah Dance Company, and a wine reception with Indian canapés. This festive outdoor event will take place as the summer winds down and the garden nears its glorious peak.
One of the more unusual trees at the garden is a maackia, located west of the front lawn. Native to China, it is relatively small with compound leaves and a beautiful form. A special feature is that it blooms with panicles of creamy flowers in August, wafting a fragrance that is hugely attractive to local insects, which buzz around it happily for many days.
Here is Timothy Tilghman’s conclusion to the hydrangea discussion: