This is an elliptical flower garden, planted with mathematical precision. Maze-like walks and boxwood hedge borders add to the precise layout. In the center of the garden is a bronze sculpture of three satyrs holding a sundial. Ringing the formal garden are American Holly (Ilex opaca), White Pine (Pinus strobus), Norway Spruce (Picea abies ), Moss (Sawara) Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera), Ashleaf Maple (Acer negundo), Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Common Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), and White Ash (Fraxinus americana).
The formal garden offers an array of colors from May 15-October 1. The early-flowering peonies and irises give way to rose mullein, white daisies, primroses, black-eyed susans, daylilies, purple veronica, balloon flowers, verbena, asters, chrysanthemums, and an assortment of annuals. July is often a peak month for color.
View of the Formal Garden, looking west. Boxwoods encircle primroses, lilies, and veronicas.
Sundial supported by bronze satyrs, and surrounded by balloonflowers.
View of the Formal Garden, looking east. Peony flowers and the sundial are visible.
Numerous American Holly (Ilex opaca) trees ring the formal garden.
During the time of the Gould family, Raymond Hall, on the north side of the Formal Garden, was the Stable Complex. It now houses the Dining Hall, the School of Education, and several computer labs. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) are on both sides of the entrance.