On The Mansion's Grounds and Gardens:
A receipt was found in the Mansion that dates to 1879, it was a rather large order from a nursery in Bloomington, Illinois and contained over 200 flowers, trees, bushes, and ornamental shrubs. A few relics from this original order still exist on the property today, including the Sycamore tree and the extremely rare Bald Cypress. The Mansion originally sat on about three acres of land, and featured landscape features like a bird-shaped pond and a gazebo.
The latter of which was re-built a few years ago, and now plays host to a wonderful series of outdoor concerts. Evidence of other features can be found in historic photos featured on their Facebook page, such as a twig bridge, a garden path, and plenty of wildflowers!
(Attn. Gardeners: The Mansion Association would love to historic garden that was once populated with beautiful roses and bleeding hearts, and have been searching for volunteer gardeners to help recreate these original platings, and then tend to the maintenance of the garden. If you've always wanted to garden at a National Historic Landmark, here's your chance!)
For more information, head to: www.facebook.com/pg/hegelercarus/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10158311404107958