Landscape Services maintains all the gardens in and around Wake Forest University’s Reynolda campus, including off-site properties like the Hanes Garden at WFU’s President’s house.
The Hanes Garden was designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, one of America’s first and foremost female landscape artists who has designed more than six hundred gardens in the United States, twenty-one in North Carolina. Her design for the Hanes garden included some of her signature statements such as the Chippendale gate, dovecote, and walls that afford privacy without compromising the vista or natural setting. The garden, once maintained by seven gardeners, was featured in House and Garden magazine in 1988.
In the 1990s, a detailed restoration of the garden was led by Laura W. Hearn, wife of then-President Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. Noted landscape architect Chip Calloway of Greensboro, North Carolina, led a multi-year effort to restore the garden. The garden is now maintained by our landscape crew here at Facilities.
The original Graylyn Estate was home to Bowman Gray Sr. and Natalie Lyons Gray (1930s). Gordon Gray Jr. dedicated the White Garden and landscape restoration at Graylyn to the memory of Gordon Gray, the youngest son of Bowman and Natalie. White Garden is located on the southwest side of the manor house at the estate and is maintained by two Landscape technicians, Jeff Davis and Josh Bevill. The garden provides only white flowers, keeping to its name and making for a beautiful natural setting for wedding ceremonies.
Over 1,500 bulbs are planted in White Garden every fall, blooming into “Best White” tulips, “Mount Airy” white allium, and daffodils. On the southwest lawn of the Manor House, a stone gazebo and terrace frame visitors’ views from the garden.
The Rain Garden on the northwest side of Winston Hall serves as a rainwater retention garden and a monarch butterfly garden. Staff and students have worked together to plant native shrubs and clear debris from the garden while learning about sustainable uses for green spaces on campus.
The Tohi Cherokee Garden is a rainwater runoff site with collections of native Cherokee medicinal plants surrounding the cleared walking path. Classrooms take advantage of the site for projects such as Native story maps and Colombian exchange research. Contact Jim Coffey for information on how to academically engage with our garden spaces.