The goal of the Upper Court Garden Project is to revitalize the formal upper court garden at Pennsbury Manor. New plantings, restored gravel pathways, and additional bench seating will create a beautiful and accessible space for peaceful reflection along the Delaware River. With a goal to raise $5,000 before Earth Day 2021 (April 22), every donation and every dollar counts! Help us revitalize this important interpretive space!
As the original Pennsbury Manor fell into ruin by the eighteenth century, we do not know what William Penn’s original Upper Court looked like. However, an archaeological dig in the 1930s revealed the Upper Court’s historical footprint, providing landscape architect Thomas Sears a blank canvas on which to create his Colonial Revival landscape plan in the 1940s. Packed with colorful perennials, it was an impression of a historical garden—not an accurate recreation of one.
Over the years, Pennsbury Manor gardeners changed the Sears plan in favor of a more historically-accurate representation of a seventeenth-century courtyard. The garden beds were downsized to accommodate larger stretches of lawn and manicured topiaries replaced the overgrown shrubs.
In 2021, the Upper Court will undergo another transformation. Combining elements of colonial and Colonial Revival design, the improved space will:
Honor a loved one by sponsoring one of four NEW benches in the Upper Court! Your donation of $1,500 will cover the cost of building and maintaining the bench over its natural lifetime (approx. 10 years). Contact Historic Garden Interpreter Jessye DePaola at email@example.com to sponsor a bench!
You can support the Upper Court Garden Project by DONATING ONLINE or by sending your donation to:
Attn: Upper Court Garden Project
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA 19067