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  • Elizabethan Gardens: Garden Entrance on southeast corner of the garden
    The wrought iron gates to the Gatehouse once hung at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England is over the entrance door. Inside the Gatehouse is furnished with antique tables, chests and desks. Perhaps the finest is the Jacobean table with Tudor rose carvings, circa early 1500s. Antique paintings, engravings and maps can be found throughout the Gatehouse. Of special interest is a 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. The Gatehouse Reception Center doubles as Gift Shop with a variety of garden related gifts.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Great Gate and Garden Wall
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Statue of Queen Elizabeth I, dedicated 2006
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Virginia Dare Statue
    Statue is the artist's version of an adult Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World. Sculpted of Carrara marble in Italy by American sculptor, Maria Louisa Lander in 1859, the statue spent two years at the bottom of the sea following a shipwreck off the coast of Spain. The statue was salvaged and shipped to Boston, where it survived a fire. In 1923, Miss Lander willed the statue to the State of North Carolina, where it was displayed in several buildings but was eventually sent to the basement of the old Supreme Court Building as some found her lack of clothing objectionable. When The Lost Colony drama was written by Paul Green, the statue was sent to the waterside theatre. In the meantime, Fort Raleigh became a National Historic Site. Again, she fell out of favor. The statue was shipped to Paul Green's estate near Chapel Hill. When The Elizabethan Gardens were created, Mr. Green sent the statue to its present site, almost a hundred years after her creation. Today, Virginia Dare stands at the place of her birth gazing toward the future despite the odds of the history, mystery and fantasy that surround her.
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  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden
    Inside the pleached allee, a low pierced wall of old, handmade brick surrounds the Sunken Garden, which is the centerpiece of The Elizabethan Gardens. This square area consists of 32 parterres outlined in clipped dwarf yaupon and planted with seasonal flowers. The focal point is the antique Italian fountain and pool with a carved balustrade. Statues representing Apollo, Diana, Venus and Jupiter center each of the four quadrants of parterres.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Hornbeam Walk
    Hornbeam Walk view across the main axis of the Sunken Garden to the Mount and Well Head on the other side of the gardens. The view is breathtaking when the crape myrtles are in bloom.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Hydrangea Bloom
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Hydrangea Bloom
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Hydrangea Bloom
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Great Lawn
    Great Lawn is lined with live oaks, hollies, camellias and magnolia trees.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Lion Couchant Bird Bath
    On the south end of the 300-foot Great Lawn is the Lion Couchant Birdbath. A white Carrara marble bowl sits atop a tall marble column with a lion couchant at the base, which means a lion lying down in French.
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  • Elizabethan Gardens: Old Live Oak
    This towering live oak tree is believed to have been growing on Roanoke Island when the first English colonists landed on the island in 1585.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Sunken Garden Focal Point
    The central focal point of the Sunken Garden is the antique Italian fountain and pool with a carved balustrade.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Magnolia Bloosom
  • Elizabethan Gardens: walkway surrounding the Sunken Garden
    Azalea and native yaupon, which is better suited to the island's climate, was used for the hedges instead of traditional English boxwood.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Azalea
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Magnolia Tree
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Crape Myrtle Tree
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  • Elizabethan Gardens: Image
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Image
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Queen Elizabeth I Statue
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Queen Elizabeth I Statue
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Queen's Rose Garden Wall detail
    This pierced wall rose garden was built in 1976 in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Access to the rose garden is through handsome brick piers (shown above), a walkway is centered with a 500 year-old sun dial. Handmade brick pathway continues to a brick "throne" area reached by 3 broad steps guarded by antique marble lion sculptures and is topped with an antique hand-carved white Carrara marble bench that is canopied by white dogwoods. The Rose Garden features the Queen Elizabeth Rose given to The Elizabethan Gardens by Queen Elizabeth II from the royal rose garden at Windsor Castle. The Queen's Rose Garden was dedicated in honor of Queen Elizabeth II by her emissary, British Ambassador, Sir Peter Ramsbotham. The rose collection includes the Virginia Dare Rose, the Lost Colony Rose and the Sir Walter Raleigh Rose.
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Queen Elizabeth I Statue
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Stone bench
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  • Elizabethan Gardens: Herb Garden
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Garden Shop Plants
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  • Elizabethan Gardens: Gate House roof detail
  • Elizabethan Gardens: Great Gate
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The Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-3234


All photographs by J. Merrill, editor