Historical documents demonstrate that Justin Smith
Morrill had a fascination with how plants and landscapes
interact. He was able to further his love of gardening starting in
1848 at this Strafford Estate. The property was always evolving and
was constantly changing. Morrill experimented with many different
types of plants and developed a particular fondness for fragrant roses. He
designed the property with both function and aesthetic ornamental quality in mind.
Morrill’s designs and plantings on the property fulfilled his quest to have a small
The four components illustrated in this virtual tour
show Morrill’s intended designs and plantings.You can see the assorted varieties of plants
and the intricate designs that he used. The Ornamental Lawn Area, the
Fleur-de-Lis, and the Cookie Cutter Gardens were designed mainly
to be ornamental, and they added artistic quality to the landscape.
On the other hand, the Kitchen Garden Area had a broader role for
the homestead. The area allowed for the production of
food crops used on a daily basis.