As you walk around the house, to
the right you will see the Fleur-de-Lis garden. This is the most
formal garden on the property and is comprised mostly of
roses inter-planted with annuals and bulbs. There is also a plinth, which is a
block or slab on which a pedestal, column, or statue is placed,
in the center of the garden. The plinth is the focal point of
The Fleur-de-Lis is a parterre, a
garden in which the beds and paths are laid out on flat ground and
form a pattern. The Fleur-de-lis is the only parterre on Morrill’s
estate.In many situations, the pattern
of the garden is as important as the plants within the garden.
Parterres are usually placed next to multilevel buildings so that
the pattern can be appreciated when people are looking down on
the garden. Parterres are of French origin, and they reached their peak usage in
the landscape during the 17th Century when European gardens were influenced
by the French garden (5).