As you enter the property through the gate, you are in
the Ornamental Lawn Area. The area is made up of trees, shrubs,
and flower beds dispersed throughout a gently sloping lawn. The
purpose of this section was to provide aesthetic quality and beauty.
There are individual specimen plants intermingled with
flowerbeds and groupings of trees and shrubs. (3).
There is evidence to support that many factors were
considered when Morrill chose his plant materials. This includes
recommendations from landscape designer A. J. Downing, as
well as personal notations. Morrill chose to follow the expression
that was defined by Downing as Beautiful, rather than Picturesque, when
selecting trees. Although Morrill did use the Beautiful classification for
most of the plantings he did use some plants that were in the
Picturesque classification. The Beautiful classification
included plants that had graceful and elegant character. This can
be seen in such trees as oak, maple, elm, and ash as
they all have a round form. For contrast in the landscape, Morrill used some weeping
and oblong forms which were from the Picturesque classification.