The Leesburg Garden Club awarded Oatlands Historic House & Gardens an $11,000 grant to fund an irrigation system in the five-acre formal garden. The total cost of the project is $26,000, with Oatlands contributing $15,000 toward the effort that is expected to begin and be completed in early July.
Considered one of the finest historic gardens in Virginia, the walled terraced garden was designed by George Carter in the early 19th century and constructed by slaves. Oatlands was purchased by Edith and William Corcoran Eustis in 1903 and shortly thereafter Edith Eustis restored the garden, enhancing and enlarging it with inspiration from her European visits. Oatlands opened to the public as a National Trust for Historic Preservation property in 1966, and the formal garden has become a favored tourist stop and wedding venue.
“We are very grateful to the Leesburg Garden Club, long-standing supporters of Oatlands who have consistently provided significant support to ensure the Oatlands Garden is preserved and kept beautiful for thousands of visitors to enjoy,” said Interim Executive Director Matt Kraycinovich.