United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Wilmington
Nemours (Wilmington, Delaware)
Originally the estate of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours was named for the site of the ancestral du Pont family home in France. Its grand, French-style gardens, designed largely by du Pont's son, Alfred V. du Pont, and Gabriel Masséna, complement the 77-room Carrère and Hastings mansion. Highlights of the gardens include a boxwood parterre, the "Four Borders" (mixed herbaceous borders), woodlands, a maze garden, sunken gardens, a rock garden, and a one-acre reflecting pool with 157 water jets. Greenhouses were built between 1909 and 1929, with an addition in 1981. Architectural features reflect the heroically royal scale and style of the garden's design.
Persons and firms associated with the property include: Alfred I. du Pont (former owner, before 1935); Jessie Ball du Pont (former owner, before 1970); Gabriel Masséna (landscape architect); Alfred V. du Pont (landscape architect); Carrère & Hastings (architects); and Smythe and Son (contractors).
The folder includes worksheets, brochures, copies of articles about the garden, garden designs, correspondence, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Town and Country, January 15, 1932, p. 42
Garden has been featured in House and Garden's Second Book of Gardens (1927), p. 16
Garden has been featured in "The Royal Image," Gardens & Countrysides V, No. 2 (July 1990)