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Belvedere Mansion and Gardens
Feel free to linger!
Our gardens are a recent addition to the Belvedere Mansion.They were designed, created and are currently managed by landscape architect, Danny Dinatale with the help of dedicated staff of the mansion.
Danny's vision has been to create formal country gardens and quiet, intimate respites indicative of the period the house was built. (Many of the artistic photographs on this site were taken by Danny as well.)
Formal plantings and casual walkways surround the Belvedere.
Seasonal plantings and decor fill the home as well as the garden. Plantings for the 4th of July celebrations often bring red, white and blue begonias to the entry circle while the harvest decor for early Autumn adds both giant pumpkins and corn laden corn stalks to the residence and surrounding grounds.
Circles of seasonal flowers, a romantic grape arbor and a wonderful
stroll through the formal boxwoods and patio are the
perfect setting for a summer afternoon stroll.
Scattered bronze statuary, Hybiscus urns and flowing fountains are a stately repose fitting the original builder, owner and the prominent family of Ambassador J. Russell Jones, adding beauty and European eloquence to the grounds.
Take time to pause and reflect.
The mission of the Belvedere Mansion and Gardens is to engage the public in the history, tradition and ongoing preservation of the City of Galena and the mansion itself. Steeped in mid 19th century history, the Mansion and gardens offer a glimpse into a bygone age. To keep the residence alive with friends and family, the current owners use the gardens for entertaining which continues today well into the twilight of the evening.
Vintage and heirloom plants are central to the theme. Generations old cultivars of Rose of Sharons and Hydrangeas as well as newly planted varieties of Dayliles and Irises are exuberant partners from Spring to Fall.
As one of the few public gardens in the area, the gardens and grounds have become a perfect setting for leisure and help to convey the urgency of historical preservation for generations to come.
Danny Dinatale's recent addition of the newly planted orchards should provide fruit for generations to come.