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.
- What’s Blooming in the Formal Gardens? (A 2021 photo blog with regular updates and information. Last updated: June 23)
- A History of the Formal Gardens (blog)
- Recent Restoration of the Formal Gardens, 2007-2020, with this update from 2015. (blog)
- Shelburne Farms’ Greenhouses and Gardens, 1880-2019 (blog)
- The Formal Gardens at Shelburne Farms. (Book by Glenn Suokko, July 2020, with an introduction from Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb.)
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.