The Perennial Garden
The portion of the garden just south of the Cherry Walk is usually known as the Perennial Garden. It was part of the original James Greenleaf design of the Italian style garden. Its main visual feature is a sunken reflecting pool framed by curved brick walls and arbors and featuring a white Italian marble statue of an "odalisque" (a semi-nude nymph testing the water with her toe). The pool and statue are by far the most photographed scene in the garden. (The statue is affectionately known as "Barefoot Kate".)
In front of the pool are a series of beds and borders filled with perennials which provide an ever changing canvas of color all summer and well into the autumn. These beds are designed to mirror each other in the fashion of a formal Italian style garden. A stroll through the Perennial garden is a pleasure at any time of the season.