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The Smithfield garden is designed as a demonstration garden rather
than a restoration.
The garden displays a variety of authentic 18th century plants, many
of which were mentioned in Preston family documents.
Be sure to visit the garden during your visit.
In addition to being available for visitors, the garden
offers historic lessons in sustainability and self-reliance.
In addition to the garden, an heirloom orchard is being developed that contains apple, pear, plum and cherry varieties of the period, again documented in Preston papers.
In 1982, The Garden Club of Virginia was asked to restore the Smithfield landscape, a project that took until 1984 to complete and dedicate. Rudy J. Favretti was the landscape architect. In recreating the landscapes, he took great care to maintain the simplicity of an 18th century frontier plantation to provide an educational experience for visitors.