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Margaret's Garden  Hours

The lovely street-level garden between the Grundy Museum and Library is a representation of the family's garden at Walnut Grove Farm that was once located nearby on the Neshaminy Creek. Margaret Grundy was a passionate gardener. She kept a botany journal and was intimately involved in the planning, planting, and oversight of the gardens at Walnut Grove, the family's country estate. Features of the Walnut Grove Farm garden found in this representation include a symmetrical plan with boxwood-edged parterre beds, gravel pathways, a pergola adorned with wisteria, and a privet hedge. Through the framework of the pergola, passersby can view the scenic Delaware River and one of the nearly two-century-old Sycamore trees that were planted on its riverbank.  

 

Rooftop Patio and Riverfront Park

Visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy the panoramic river views from our rooftop patio garden or riverfront park. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, sit back, and take it easy. If the timing is right, you may catch a glimpse of the pair of bald eagles that have been delighting observers as they soar over Burlington Island or hunt for food in the Delaware River.

 

Third Sunday in October to the Friday before Memorial Day

Monday - Thursday, 8am to dusk


Friday - Saturday, 8am to 4pm


Sunday - closed

Memorial Day to Historic Bristol Day (3rd Saturday in October)

Monday - Thursday, 8am to 8pm


Friday, 8am to 4pm


Saturday, 8am to dusk


Sunday & Holidays, 12pm to dusk

Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day

 

 

Gardens at Walnut Grove Farm

The gardens at Walnut Grove Farm owe their beginnings to Margaret's grandmother, Rebecca Grundy. Rebecca was the mistress of the house and she enjoyed these gardens well into her nineties. Her interest in horticulture was shared with her granddaughter who also was passionate about the gardens.

At Walnut Grove Farm, a Prunis padus [European bird cherry] was planted on the lawn at the farm from the time that Rebecca and her husband Edmund took up residence there. It is said to have bloomed each year about the sixteenth of May for Rebecca's birthday.  

A news clipping dated July 10, 1917 was found among the Grundy family papers. Penned by "The Rambler," the article provides some insight on the gardens that Margaret tended at Walnut Grove:

 

 

 

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