The Garden
Formal Garden
open 11 AM - 8 PM

Cleverly sited as an extension of the house, the Richard D. Wood Formal Garden has been part of the Oldfields estate since its inception. It was designed by the architect of the house, Lewis Ketcham Davis, when the home was built for the Landon family in 1913 and remained largely untouched during Percival Gallagher’s 1920s reimagining of the estate.  

The low wall surrounding the space, symmetrical layout, and tightly trimmed hedges create structure that holds in brightly colored perennials and roses. White arbors mark the center of each side, framing a fountain. 

Possibly its most romanticized use was as the site of the Landon sisters’ double wedding. Alice and Margaret married their husbands on June 2, 1920. The double wedding used the center pathway, covered in white fabric, as its aisle to create a dramatic entrance for the young women. The areas directly surrounding the R.D. Wood Formal Garden and Lilly House are popular spots for wedding ceremonies today as well. 

The R.D. Wood Formal Garden is a colorful, intimate space to explore, filled with both seasonal and perennials plantings.  


  • Blushing Knockout (Rosa), chosen for diseaseresistance, a re-bloomer with light pink flowers
  • Purple Smoke (Baptisia), a regal perennial when in bloom, with lupine-like bluish purple flowers
  • Tardiva (Hydrangea paniculata), profuse with fragrant white blooms in mid-summer
  • Smaragd (Thuja occidentalis), upright formal evergreen that creates screen and encourages one to wonder what lies beyond