Exploring the Vanderbilt Gardens
The formal gardens of the Vanderbilt Estate consist of multiple tiers defined over a hillside, surrounded by a graceful landscape created by Andre Parmentier. Gravel pathways guide the visitor past mass plantings of thousands of annuals to the graceful perennial gardens down to two levels of roses. Fountains, reflecting pool, statues and shady arbors are highlights of a stroll through the garden on a warm summer day.
"Barefoot Kate" dips her toe in the reflecting pool while gazing over the perennial garden. She is one of the favorite photo opportunities in the garden. Frederick Vanderbilt added her to the garden in 1902.