The Dorothy and Max Rutledge Conifer Garden is a classic dry garden featuring xeric, subalpine and steppe perennials, shrubs and an assemblage of unusual conifers. Born from the design tradition begun by legendary British garden designer Beth Chatto, the gravel garden is the jewel box of the property; the densest and most richly planted with over 250 species from around the globe. Visitors will encounter everything from native little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’) to rare Eurasian bulbs (like Corydalis schanginii and Gladiolus imbricatus), chains of wisteria flowers (Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’) hanging from the adjacent pergola, hardy cacti (Opuntia and Escobaria), dramatic conifers (like Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Green Arrow’) and hardy orchids (Epipactis gigantea). Sited with year-round views from the DuPont Room, the conifer and gravel garden is a signature horticultural experience.
This garden is given in honor of Dorothy and Max Rutledge through the generosity of Buz and Sue Brenton.