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!
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.