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Exterior of the House

On the lowest terrace of the east side of the front lawn stands a beech tree planted by President Casteen. Uphill from the beech, under a canopy of oak and ash trees, dogwood and holly trees stand on the lawn. Near the bottom of the slope, a large oval planting bed spreads from the base of a young dogwood and is planted with tulips to commemorate the gift of tulips from the Queen of Belgium in 1976 to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.

In 2001, the front entry and walkway were refurbished. The concrete walkway and steps were replaced with brick. Handrails, benches, and plant beds were added. This landscape renovation designed by Ian Robertson, Ltd., was supported by The Fair Play Foundation, the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust, the Hobby Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. C. Wilson McNeely III, and Carol and Stanley Waranch. The largest and oldest trees on the western side of the front walk are the towering Canadian hemlock and the black gum tree. To the east are a white ash, Norway spruce, a young sourwood, and another small black gum tree. A young Kousa dogwood stands at the base of the steps on the western side. The trees are underplanted with dwarf abelia, rhododendrons, oakleaf hydrangea, hellebores, caryopteris, and spirea. At the top of the walkway, azaleas and boxwood surround the porch and line the path to the parking area to the west, and to the brick terrace to the east.

This is the classic view of Carr's Hill that greets guests at the top of a long brick staircase.

In winter, the red brick construction stands out against the snow in a particularly festive manner.

The view from below Buckingham Palace, looking up toward Carr's Hill, features many kinds of flowers, including beautiful peonies that appear around Final Exams each year.

When viewed from above, the entirety of the landscape at Carr's Hill, including the outbuildings, is visible.

The formal kitchen garden bridges the space between the rear of Carr's Hill and the Cottage, and is often used for planting herbs.

The dining room spills out onto a beautiful tented terrace often used for events.

The terrace balances out the porte cochère architecturally, and provides additional space for large gatherings.

The large tented space immediately adjacent to the home allows the President to host alumni, students, faculty, staff, and others.

North of the terrace sits a cast iron capital that survived the 1895 Rotunda fire, surrounded by colorful perennials.

The Oval Garden, designed in 1961 by Meade Palmer, was not constructed until 1995.

The Oval Garden is a serene and secluded spot.

Buckingham Palace sits across the driveway from the main house, amidst beds of peonies, lillies, daffodils, and other blooming plants.

Large Southern Magnolias shade portions of the gardens, offering cool respite from late summer heat.

Each season brings new bursts of color to Carr's Hill, thanks to gardener John Sauer, who has overseen the garden under half of the University's presidents, including Hereford, O'Neil, Casteen, and Sullivan.