Pavilion III Garden gets facelift
by Peggy Harrison
a student works on a project for her art class.
By Elizabeth Kiem
year, the West Pavilion Gardens celebrated 50 years of life in
the public eye. This year, they will receive some much-needed
maintenance after a half-century under the publics foot.
gardens have been much used and loved. Fifty-one years of wear
and tear needs to be repaired, said U.Va. landscape architect
garden behind Pavilion III will be off-limits while crews work
to restore it to its 1952 state, when it was first opened to visitors.
half-century-old landscaping, designed by the late Alden Hopkins
and funded by the Garden Club of Virginia, was intended to reflect
the horticultural preferences and availabilities of Jeffersons
Rieley, a former U.Va. architecture professor and member of the
Arboretum Committee, is the contracted landscape architect of
the Garden Club. While he is relying almost exclusively on Hopkins
original designs to restore the gardens, he stresses that the
vision is ultimately Jeffersons.
is quite clear in saying they were garden interpretations
of the time, Rieley said of the Hopkins blueprints. Its
a wonderfully honest and clear overview of his intentions. Were
going to be as faithful as we practically can be.
by Chris Myers
III garden, above, will be closed for the next few months
to undergo much-needed maintenance after a half-century of
foot traffic. U.Va.s nine other pavilion gardens, such
as the one at left in the east gardens, will be open for recreation
small trees planted by Hopkins a half century ago have grown,
creating root structures and shaded areas that must be worked
with. Other plants and shrubs currently found in the garden are
interlopers that have found hospitality in the peculiar microclimate
of the serpentine walls. These vegetative newcomers will be removed.
we can, we are trying to be faithful to the letter, and where
we cant be, faithful to the spirit, said Rieley.
Pavilion III, spiritual fidelity includes new drain inlets, entrance
ramps for the handicapped and repaired brick walks. An arch in
the western wall will be removed, and the original shrubs will
be replanted. The overseers say these seemingly humble improvements
will prove larger than the sum of their parts.
will be quite a dramatically different-looking garden when we
get finished, promised Hughes.
22 U.Va. Celebrates Historic Garden Week
will step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginias
gardens, homes and historic landmarks during historic garden
week April 19-27.
will step through U.Va.s gates and pavilions Tuesday,
April 22 the day it participates in this event.
its 70th season, Historic Garden Week is the oldest and
largest statewide house and garden tour event in the nation.
Tours benefit the restoration of important historic grounds
throughout the state.
of garden week tours:
said the restoration, a $150,000 endeavor to be funded with donations
from the Jefferson Circle and donated labor from the Garden Club,
is meant as a showcase for the more ambitious project of restoring
all the Pavilion Gardens. She hopes that when work behind the
Harmon residence is completed, the refurbished Jeffersonian botanical
garden will help sell donors on the idea of a full-fledged endowment
for the Pavilion Gardens.
the years, the gardens have suffered from a waxing and waning
of the University budget, said Hughes. We cant
afford, as they move into their second half-century and beyond,
to have them suffer from that lack of attention. A garden just
doesnt recover from that.
said a $5 million endowment would protect the gardens by providing
permanent staffing and maintenance. A well-trained staff, she
added, would allow the University to provide educational programs
for the community, much as Monticello offers.
try to look at it a little bit more holistically than just garden
restoration, said Naomi Allison, who heads up the garden
endowment project in the Office of Development. Were
looking at it more in the long-term.
U.Va. has secured about $1.5 million in funds.
that endowment is in place, there will always be an income stream
to take care of those issues, said Allison, referring to
the constant need to replace plantings, benches and gates. Its
so the gardens can be taken care of in perpetuity.
estimates that the repair work on the walls and gradings will
take a few months, after which landscapers will begin the new
all goes as planned, by fall the Pavilion III garden will be as