Williams/Walter Garden

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

Fans of historical gardens will particularly enjoy visiting the home of Evan Williams and Roger Walter.  Nestled in the center of the city, the Williams/Walter garden rests on property that once belonged to Ferdinand Fullers, one of the city’s earliest architects. Fuller designed the original Free State hotel that was burned during the 1856 pro-slavery attack on the city.  The current home was likely built in 1861.  Evan Williams’ father purchased the property in 1956 and the family has resided there since.  In 1986 a fire destroyed a barn on the property, prompting Evan’s mom to hire a couple of young female designers from Uptown Garden to salvage the limestone ruins and lay the foundation for the gardens that exist today.  The garden, designed to be low maintenance, highlights a vast array of perennials including roses, peonies, alliums, hydrangeas, hostas, and coreopsis spread throughout stone walls and pathways.  Edible plants and herbs support the owner’s culinary passions.  The garden is truly a labor of love and a testament to the beauty of preserving history through gardening. 

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie

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