Keep Lorenzo Beautiful

$1,125 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 53 months
John Lincklaen’s original garden layout for Lorenzo was done according to Dutch tradition with eight squares called parterres in a grid surrounded by paths. Beds were planted with vegetables in the center bordered by flowers. It wasn’t long, though, before this plan was found to be impractical, and the vegetables were moved to an area behind Church Cottage (that today houses the gift shop).

When Ledyard Lincklaen inherited Lorenzo, he envisioned a new garden. In 1856 he installed his own design based on a central path with a sundial as the focal point. This plan allowed the garden to become an extension of the mansion’s main hall. To this day, when the front and back doors are open, the unbroken view extends from the garden to the lake, “inviting the outdoors in.” Ledyard Lincklaen also planted the double hedge of white pine, hemlock and Norway spruce today known as the Dark Aisle, maintained since 1976 by the Syracuse Garden Club.

The garden today retains much of Ledyard Lincklaen’s design, although photographs from the late 1800s portray a lush garden with rose arbors. In 1914 Helen Lincklaen Fairchild hired renowned garden designer Ellen Biddle Shipman to enhance her father’s layout with formal perennial beds. Shipman was a woman pioneer in landscape design and an avid horticulturist from Cornish, New Hampshire.

In 1983, Friends of Lorenzo hired an experienced gardener who referenced the original Shipman design for plant varieties and placement. The central path remains, broken only by a mounded circle with a granite boulder holding a sundial. A stone water trough was added and graces the south end of the garden. A winter storm felled a large honey locust tree that stood just west of the garden. Sun-loving plants replaced ferns that had flourished in its shade.

As any gardener knows, the uncertainty of nature plays a starring role in even the best-laid garden plans. One thing, though, is certain. Treescapes, informal plantings and the formal flower garden — enhanced by their spring-to-fall color — always will be integral to the beauty of Lorenzo.

The formal gardens at Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia are not only beautiful but have significant cultural, educational and historical value in the community. The Friends of Lorenzo are working to bring this botanical treasure back to its original glory. We have allocated $7,000 towards this restoration effort, but are in need of community support to help us bring the project to full fruition.  In honor of this being the 100th year anniversary of the designs of Ellen Biddle Shipman, the Friends of Lorenzo are launching a campaign to help support the gardens and we are asking for your support.  Please donate to this cause to "Keep Lorenzo Beautiful".
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We are in the final days of our campaign. Please watch the video again and donate if you can. Help keep Lorenzo looking beautiful! Thank you!
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While Lorenzo provides year round programming that we all enjoy, such as movies and Symphoria on the lawn, the Driving Competition, CAVAC Arts and Crafts show, and more, truth be told that Lorenzo benefits financially very little (if at all on some of these). This crowd-funding site is a great way to give back! Please get involved. Only 8 days left!! Donate now!
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Please continue to share and like our posts on Facebook or Twitter. You can also share by email. Just a few seconds of your time can help spread our reach. These are the final days of our crowd-funding, so please help out! Keep Lorenzo beautiful!
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Woohoo!! We've gotten some recent donations, so a big thank you to all those getting involved!!

Check us out at the Cazenovia Farmer's Market August 23rd. We will be taking donations then, too.

Please help keep Lorenzo beautiful!
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$1,125 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 53 months
Created May 21, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
Friends Of Lorenzo
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Cazenovia, NY
EIN: 510197300
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