Woodburn is a historic estate in Dover, Delaware. The Colonial Revival house, built in 1798, has served as the official Governor’s residence since 1965. The property is open to public tours and features a formal boxwood garden, a vegetable garden tended by local agricultural students, and a collection of Governor’s trees planted in dedication to various former residents.
Robinson Anderson Summers Inc. was selected to head the landscape portion of a major renovation to the buildings and grounds. In collaboration with Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects, engineering firms, and representatives of the State of Delaware, the firm oversaw implementation of landscape improvements that enhanced accessibility and vehicular circulation, upgraded pedestrian and street lighting, and improved site security.
In a following phase of the project RAS designed new formal and vegetable gardens. Intended to compliment the period architecture of the house, the gardens include a new gazebo, entrance arbor, and traditional boxwood parterre with fountain.