Petunias, Irises, Peonies, Tulips,
Lillies, Heliotropes, Delphiniums, Forget-Me-Nots, English Primrose, Scilla and, of course, Roses planted in relatively informal patterns. Indoors, her fondness for gardening was expressed by a variety of small cut flowers in small glass vases that were displayed in each room. In addition, there were assortments of foliage plants, especially located in the
Swimming Pool area.
Ford spent many hours planning, touring, and pampering her treasured Blue,
English, and Rose
Gardens, always on the lookout for imperfections such as a misplaced marigold among a sea of aqua and sky-blue blossoms. Her efforts were recognized publicly when she served as a president of the Women's National Farm and Garden Association from 1927-34.
It has been a number of years since the majority of Fair Lane's elaborate gardens have been planted and pampered the way they must have been when
Mrs. and Mr. Ford were in residence. Consider, if you will, that Mrs. Ford routinely employed 25 fulltime gardeners in 1926. However, while these gardeners helped to cultivate
estate grounds, there were only five servants that maintained the entire residence.
It would be almost impossible for the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane, as a non-profit organization, to restore each garden area fully. However, restoration of certain areas to their early 1920's state is now proceeding. The garden scheme being implemented reflects the original plan of Jens Jensen.
Blue Garden beautified the view from the bay windows of the Dining Room, Palm Hall,
and Swimming Pool. Close to the riverside, this garden is positioned
at a lower level and separated from the
English Garden by a small stone staircase . . . more