The Formal Gardens

Welcome to the Formal  Gardens at Shelburne Farms. Tucked on a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain, the Formal Gardens were the life-long passion and work of their creator, Lila Webb,  who reinvented and expanded them from 1898 until her death in 1936. Today, after extensive restoration, they stand as an exceptional and beautiful example of an American garden, open to the public to stroll through and enjoy.

There’s so much to discover about the Formal Gardens. The links below are a start.

The Formal Gardens are accessible via our walking trails, with an accessibility pass, or through guided tours (please visit our Calendar).

Note: The Formal Gardens at the Inn are terraced and involve stairs. The Inn is closed to the public in 2021. A portable toilet is available in the Inn parking lot.