The French Parterre Restoration Project

A gardener’s work is never done. This October, Hillwood will be completely renovating the French Parterre, removing all the plants and stones, turning and amending the soil, and replacing the plants with “Morris Dwarf” boxwoods, a better selection for our growing conditions. Stay tuned for pictures and updates of this exciting project!

October 29: The French Parterre is opened to the public

October 29: The French Parterre is opened to the public

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October 29: The French Parterre is opened to the public

October 29: The French Parterre is opened to the public

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October 24: Jessica trims the boxwoods

October 24: Jessica trims the boxwoods

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October 23: Staff and volunteers plant the boxwoods.

October 23: Staff and volunteers plant the boxwoods.

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October 24: fully planted bed

October 24: fully planted bed

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The edging, created with the stencil, is defined and the boxwoods are placed and readied for planting.

October 22: The edging, created with the stencil, is defined and the boxwoods are placed and readied for planting.

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The boxwood are brought into the French Parterre and laid out.

October 21: The boxwood are brought in and laid out.

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gardeners and workers finish replacing the soil in the beds

October 21: Gardeners and workers finish replacing the soil in the beds

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Tarps are put over the beds to protect from rain.

October 17: Tarps are put over the beds to protect from rain.

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Work on the French Parterre resumes after a 5 day delay

October 15: Work on the French Parterre resumes after a 5 day delay

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Morris Dwarf and Golden Dream boxwoods arrive

October 10: "Morris Dwarf" and "Golden Dream" boxwoods arrive

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The horticulture staff incorporates the first layer of PermaTill

October 9: The horticulture staff incorporates the first layer of PermaTill

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Contractor inspecting the drainage tiles

October 9: A contractor inspecting the drainage tiles

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Jessica Bonilla creates a template of the boxwood design using the edging as a pattern.

October 8: Jessica Bonilla creates a template of the boxwood design using the edging as a pattern.

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The removed edging from the French Parterre

October 8: The boxwood design edging following its removal.

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Members of the horticulture staff removing boxwoods

October 7: Members of the horticulture staff removing boxwoods

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Tuesday, October 29:

  • The French Parterre is reopened to the public.

Thursday, October 24:

  • Planting is finished
  • Jessica does some light trimming of the boxwoods.

Wednesday, October 23:

  • Staff and volunteers plant the new boxwoods.

Tuesday, October 22:

  • The stencil created from the earlier template is used to mark the new area for the boxwoods.
  • The boxwoods are placed and readied for planting.

Monday, October 21:

  • Work resumes as gardeners and workers finish replacing the soil in the beds.
  • The boxwood are brought into the French Parterre and laid out.

Thursday, October 17:

  • Jessica Bonilla creates a stencil from the template she created last week.
  • The four beds are covered with tarps to preserve the integrity of the soil due to a projected rain storm.

Wednesday, October 16:

  • Soggy conditions halt work.

Tuesday, October 15:

  • Work resumes on the project.
  • Beds are filled with Statalite-PermaTill, stock piles of soil, and soil amendments.

Thursday, October 10:

  • The "Morris Dwarf" and "Golden Dream" boxwoods arrive.
  • The project is delayed due to the rain.

Wednesday, October 9:

  • The drainage tiles are thoroughly inspected.
  • The drains are covered and the first layer of Statalite-PermaTill is incorporated.

Tuesday, October 8:

  • A template is made of the boxwood design using the edging as a pattern.
  • The edging is removed.
  • Stone begins to be removed from the four quadrants.

Monday, October 7:

  • The boxwoods, planted in 2000, are removed.

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