Orange, Virginia


The Montpelier Foundation
Sass Conservation

The duPonts purchased Montpelier and built the formal gardens in the early 1900s. They added elaborate planting beds, sculpture, and enclosing walls with gilded wrought iron gates. Seasonal planting plans enhanced the borders in this century’s first decade, and, working with conservators and artisans, the gates and lions once again sparkle. Also, installation of a section of cast stone cap serves as a prototype for the future restoration of all the walls.