Tapping Reeve Landscape Project

With the help of Landscape Architect Lauren Richardson, the Society has re-imagined the six acre Tapping Reeve site, not as a strict interpretation of a time period, but rather as a community resource with landscape elements that would have been found on the site, and in Litchfield, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The project will use elements of the historic landscape as an educational tool and was designed to provide the community and visitors with opportunities for learning, relaxation and reflection.

With the help of Landscape Architect Lauren Richardson, the Society has re-imagined the six acre Tapping Reeve site, not as a strict interpretation of a time period, but rather as a community resource with landscape elements that would have been found on the site, and in Litchfield, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The project will use elements of the historic landscape as an educational tool and includes a children’s garden, education shed, small orchard, a chestnut grove, a wet meadow, stone walls and traditional fencing.

The Society will expand its educational programming and visitor services at the site with programs that complement and enhance existing interpretation. Once visitors have toured the house and school they can step into an interpretation of the surrounding natural world. This project will allow us to expand experiences to give visitors a sense of place and a better understanding of the Litchfield story.

  • The small orchard will be planted with heirloom varieties of apples
  • The landscape will include a natural wet meadow to take advantage of existing conditions and will become the last meadow on Meadow Street
  • The traditional household kitchen garden will be re-imagined as a Children’s Garden with opportunities for programs and activities
  • A portion of the meadow will be replanted with American Chestnut Trees
  • The landscape will include stone walls built with traditional techniques from native stone
  • The natural meadow will serve as a native bird habitat
  • The property will provide a natural community space in the center of town
  • The project includes screen planting to protect neighboring properties

 

For more details, view the Landscape Plan

Construction Photos

Adult Program 1

Adult Program 1
Aperture: 4.5Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3iIso: 1250Orientation: 1

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