Wow, I wish I had known of this garden before it was dismantled. This is part of the currently closed Duke Farms in NJ, it is the former home of Doris Duke. The gardens are closed for renovation and scheduled to re-open in 2010.
Image by B l a c k m a g i c
Quite controversially the organization that manages the property has opted to remodel the gardens into something ‘green’ rather than restore or preserve them.
I am not sure that I understand the goals of the new gardens, but my gut tells me that the old ones should have been preserved. Gardens, to me, are like great art, you don’t see the Louvre staff changing up the Mona Lisa do you? Do you agree? Have you ever been to Duke Farms?
More information about the gardens and their supposed eventual re-opening can be found at the Duke Farms website.
There is also considerable information about the presumably lost effort to save them here and lots of pictures of what once was here.
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