Glensheen Formal Garden Restoration Officially Reopens! – Duluth, MN

Sep 18, 2022 | art/design

Glensheen Gardens

The formal garden is officially reopening to the public for the first time since restoration and reconstruction started. This project has been a long time in the making and couldn’t have happened without the support of so many people, from legislators to construction staff and more.

Our mission at Glensheen is to celebrate preservation, and by completing this critical project while also restoring the gardens to an earlier design & planting plan, we are doing just that.


Natural Beauty

The Congdon estate originally included 22 acres of lakeshore property. At the time, the area was heavily wooded and the shoreline was rugged, yet the Congdons saw the potential for a gracious, formal estate and practical home for a busy family with six children.

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Historic Glensheen 1905-1930: Photographs from the Congdon Estate’s First 25 Years

Charles Wellford Leavitt, Jr. was a civil and landscape engineer with offices in New York City. As the landscape architect of Glensheen, Charles was directed by the Congdons to preserve as much of the natural beauty of the property as possible. He was also charged with making the estate self-sufficient, which required plans for a large vegetable garden, a greenhouse, an orchard, a cow barn and a water reservoir.

Walk through the formal garden each weekend and take advantage of our extended hours on Saturday and Sunday, when we are open late until 7pm. Grounds admission is only $5 or you can explore the grounds after any tour of the house.

3300 London Road
Duluth, MN


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