Ellsworth constructed approximately 65 flower beds throughout the garden. These are small beds built directly on granite outcrops and filled with soil. At the base of the garden and at the summit, the beds are constructed of low stone retaining walls. On the steep slopes, the beds are constructed in series of terraces and measure three to six feet in height on the downhill side. The trainees repaired the stone retaining walls of 15 small flower beds by taking away the first and sometimes second layer of rock, cleaning out grass, weeds, and other accumulated soil and organic debris, and replacing the rocks. The crew then covered the beds with black plastic to minimize the growth of grass and weeds until the beds can be planted in flowers.
Flower Bed A
This bed is located at the base of the garden near the site of the Ellsworth’s summer home. The front of the bed is more formal with frosting covering the wall, while the wall on the backside is constructed of cobbles.
Flower Bed B
A small but prominent flower bed mid-way down the granite slope, this flower bed required repairs to a section of wall that was slumping on the downhill side.
Flower Bed C
The crew removed the frosting layer, cleaned out the pine needles and other organic debris and replaced the frosting on this small flower bed located on the summit.