Glensheen's formal garden reopens after restoration
Discounted admissions to the grounds will continue through Sunday.
DULUTH — Glensheen's formal garden has reopened after more than a year of extensive restoration work.
Duluth's historic mansion museum announced the reopening in a Facebook post Friday, adding that admissions to the grounds will be a discounted $5 on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4.
The project, on the Lake Superior side of the mansion, was the result of $4 million in state bonding funds approved in 2018.
"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," Glensheen said in a Facebook post Friday.
"Our mission at Glensheen is to celebrate preservation, and by completing this critical project while also restoring the gardens to an earlier design and planting plan, we are doing just that."
To do that, crews relied on the original blueprints as a guide, including what plants should be used and where they should go.
Prior to restoration, the brick walls of the garden were in rough shape, bowing out and falling apart. So footings were added and the walls reconstructed with original bricks. Other brick walls were tuck-pointed.
The fountain at the center was in good condition, but the pool surrounding it needed more work after that originally planned. It was restored to its original robin's-egg blue keeping with Glensheen in a early 1900s "era of significance."