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The south lawn is delineated by a rectangular stone path marked at each corner by a triangular parterre edged in boxwood. Mrs. Melchers planted these parterres with bulbs in the spring and annuals in the summer.


  • Formal Garden and Paths, Aerial View
  • Triangular Beds, Spring
  • Triangular Beds, Spring
  • Triangular Beds, Spring
  • Triangular Beds, Spring
  • Formal Garden, 1927, by Frances Benjamin Johnston
  • Dinosaur Print Guide
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • 1993 Long Walk and South Lawn Restoration
  • Spring bulbs in triangular beds

The Ficklens established the lawn and garden path to the south of the house. Georgian landscape design was based on symmetry and geometry, represented at Belmont in the four parterre beds on the south lawn, triangular beds edged in boxwood.

The triangular beds are all edged with English box planted in roses and annuals. These beds predate the Melchers era and were part of the Georgian style landscape based on bilateral symmetry. These parterre gardens were a symbol of man conquering nature and they were popular all through the Victorian era. The triangle beds are planted with daffodil and tulip bulbs for spring and planted with salvia for the summer months.

Interestingly, the stone used in the formal garden and elsewhere, particularly in the formal rectangular stone garden paths, are rich in dinosaur footprints.

The Garden Club of Virginia began its relationship with Belmont in 1993 with the restoration of the Long Walk and South Lawn area.

Ankjaer-Jensen, Beate. Mansfield Stone, March 14th 2016. Accessed May 6th 2020. https://garimelchers.wpcomstaging.com/2016/03/14/mannsfield-stone/.

Ankjaer-Jensen, Beate. Dinosaur prints to be included in the Smithsonian collection, October 26th 2016. Accessed May 6th 2020. https://garimelchers.wpcomstaging.com/2016/10/26/dinosaur-prints-to-be-included-in-the-smithsonian-collection/.

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