Long Hill and Sedgwick Gardens Masterplan

Project Location: Beverly, MA

Client: The Trustees

The Long Hill and Sedgwick Estate is a 114-acre rural property that was originally owned by the garden designer Mabel Cabot Sedgwick and Atlantic Monthly editor Ellery Sedgwick.  Today, this garden is part of the Trustees of Reservations land preservation collection in Massachusetts.  With the Trustees, the planning team developed a masterplan vision that defines a long-term restoration and expansion strategy that celebrates the unique botanic legacy of the Sedgwick family.  Over the past century, these gardens have become a national destination to view an unparalleled rare plant and bio-diverse garden.  The Masterplan includes the restoration and expansion of the historic Sedgwick Gardens and the introduction of a new horticultural learning campus.  Building on Sedgwick’s concept of outdoor living, the plan restores and proposes a series of garden rooms defined by Sedgwick’s concept of blurred garden edges.   The goal was to create a long-term plan, that honors the visionary design of the Sedgwick women gardeners, while redefining the future civic identity of this historically significant garden.