In the Garden

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Maintaining a 1910 landscape

Brucemore's 1910s landscape design included a variety of plants and trees.

Many of the plants seen at Brucemore are plants used by Irene Douglas during her tenure. She was a knowledgeable gardener and enjoyed experimenting with new plant varieties and old reliable ones as well.

Today Brucemore’s gardeners continue her work by preserving examples of historic plant varieties while adjusting to meet the needs of the changing natural and urban environment.

Take a peek at the plant varieties the Brucemore gardeners cultivate for future generations.


Don't miss!

Be sure to check out these other pages and image galleries showcasing Brucemore's gardens and grounds:

  • Historic Landscape: Experience Caroline Sinclair's sweeping front lawn, the naturalistic landscape designs of the Douglas era, and the Hall family's subtle, modern additions.
  • Living Collections: Brucemore's 26-acre estate is a testimony to the history of the property. Gardens, plants, and other historic landscape features are carefully preserved and conserved by a small team of gardeners and grounds staff.
  • Explore the Estate: Visit key locations throughout the property and compare how they looked between 1906 and 1937 with how they look today.
  • Annual Garden & Art Show: The gardens at Brucemore were the setting in 1928 for the second garden show held in Cedar Rapids — and we're continuing the tradition with an annual summer event.
  • Cutting Gardens Flower Shop: The artistry of Brucemore's floral designers is a continuation of a passion for flowers that began with Irene Douglas, matriarch of the second Brucemore family.
  • An Invitation to Explore: Brucemore staff are using the recently restored Lord & Burnham Greenhouse for cultivating plants and a new series of education programs called Exploremore.