A few years ago I was out in the Berkshires for the 4th of July and visited Edith Wharton’s famed estate called The Mount. I came across my photos again and thought that it would be worth sharing them again. My first video is a tour of the gardens of the estate. These formal gardens were designed by Edith Wharton herself. She based her designs on the European influences of her youth, most notably the Italian style, which suggested that the gardens should be laid out as rooms and in concert with the home and the natural landscape. Gardens, as Wharton elaborated in Italian Villas and Their Gardens (1904), should be architectural compositions just like houses. Today, you can experience much of Wharton’s original design for the gardens.The home sits high on a hill and looks out over the large property in the back, where the gardens are, to the hills and valleys beyond.
Next week, I’ll share the architecture of the house, the front entrance and the fabulous interiors, which were designed a few years ago in part by Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams!
Construction on the house began in 1901 and the estate was sold in 1911. Sad to think she was only there a few years, but what an amazing accomplishment and legacy she left us! Over the years, it was a private school, the home to Shakespeare & Company. and then settled into disrepair. A massive fundraising campaign saved the property and restorations began in 1997 as most of the house was severely deteriorated and the gardens lost to overgrowth. Luckily, the right people stepped in and saved The Mount! Of course, donations and visitors are always needed to keep it up! There is so much to do and see out in The Berkshires from Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to Jacob’s Pillow, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Mass MOCA and so much more.
Learn more about The Mount here.