Historic Scottish Gardens
and Scots Influences on the Early Gardens of New York

Presented by American Scottish Foundation
& National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
in association with the Burns Society of New York

Tuesday 25 September
6pm Talk
followed by Arsenal Rooftop Garden Reception 

Arsenal at Central Park
(at 64th Street and 5th Avenue)

The National Trust of Scotland will bring updates and history on the restoration of the Robert Burns cottage garden.

The ASF will speak to the influence of Scots on the early gardens of the United States including the Alexander Hamilton home The Grange and the heather gardens at Fort Tryon park.

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The Burns Garden Project

William Burnes (Rabbie’s father) dreamed of creating a market garden on the land surrounding the cottage where his son was born. While his “New Gardens” project never came to fruition, today – over 250 years later – the National Trust for Scotland is working to implement some of his ideas.

Last summer, the Trust planted an orchard with 28 different varieties of apples. Now, attention turns to improving woodland paths, creating habitats for wildlife, installing raised vegetable beds, planting the meadow with native species, and developing areas for outdoor learning.

An anonymous American donor has pledged to  match all contributions to the project, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000!
Together, your gifts will fully fund the restoration of the historic landscape at Burns Cottage.
the American-Scottish Foundation invites you to make a donation to support this wonderful project, which is tax deductable.

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THE GRANGE, St Nicholas Park, New York

The Grange, Alexander Hamilton’s home, underwent a major multi million dollar restoration  - being literally picked up and moved by the National Parks Service  to St. Nicholas Park where it now is located on land that was once part of Hamilton's original estate.

In 2011 The Grange reopened to the public. Read more HERE.

Guest Speakers

Chris Wardle
Chris Wardle is the National Trust for Scotland’s Garden and Designed Landscape Manager for Aberdeenshire and Angus. Based at Crathes Castle, Chris manages twelve gardens at twelve properties from Inverness to Dundee, from the very formal landscape of Pitmedden to productive fruit and vegetable gardens at Fyvie Castle.

Chris was formerly head gardner at Crathes Castle and is interested in passing traditional skills to new gardners as well as telling the stories of of Scotland and its great gardens.

John Kinnear
Architect, Author and Historian,is Principal of John Kinnear Architects and President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group, Kinnear has an architectural practice based in Manhattan, which undertakes projects throughout the United States.

The firm is noted for its historical preservation as well as new structures incorporating traditional design styles.

Recent projects include the restoration of the Ruth Mansion in Delaware, 26 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, and The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in Hanover Square for which he was the Project Architect.