The Tapping Reeve House Landscape Project
With the help of Landscape Architect Lauren Richardson, the Society has re-imagined the six acre Tapping Reeve site, not as a strict interpretation of a time period, but rather as a community resource with landscape elements that would have been found on the site, and in Litchfield, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The project will use elements of the historic landscape as an educational tool and includes a children’s garden, education shed, small orchard, a chestnut grove, a wet meadow, stone walls and traditional fencing. The Society has designed the project to provide the community and visitors with opportunities for learning, relaxation and reflection.
The Society will expand its educational programming and visitor services at the site with programs that complement and enhance existing interpretation. Once visitors have toured the house and school they can step into an interpretation of the surrounding natural world. New programs will complement existing and the project will allow us to expand the experience to with exciting opportunities to give visitors a sense of place and a better understanding of the Litchfield story.
- The small orchard will be planted with heirloom varieties of apples
- The landscape will include a natural wet meadow to take advantage of existing conditions and will become the last meadow on Meadow Street
- The traditional household kitchen garden will be re-imagined as a Children’s Garden with opportunities for programs and activities
- A portion of the meadow will be replanted with American Chestnut Trees
- The landscape will include stone walls built with traditional techniques from native stone
- The natural meadow will serve as a native bird habitat
- The property will provide a natural community space in the center of town
- The project includes screen planting to protect neighboring properties
To read more and for more detailed drawings, view the Landscape Plan here.
Stop by the Litchfield History Museum to view our exhibit, Reimaging the Reeve House Landscape, to learn more about the project and how it reflects other gardens and landscapes in Litchfield's history. It will be on view through November 27, 2016.
This exhibit has been generously sponsored by CT Humanities.
Would you like to help support this endeavor? Click here to donate to the landscape project.
A special THANK YOU to our donors:
The Seherr-Thoss Foundation
The Diebold Foundation
Tom and Michelle Bouchard
John and Nancy Newton
Paul and Suzan Jagger
Elizabeth Daniels/HRDC Foundation