The Garden Guide

For a few hours this evening, I stared at an early aerial view of the estate, attempting to reason out the proper directions through the gardens.

I’ve been going up to Kraftwood off and on since I was a one year old back in 1975.  Having never seen the estate in all it’s glory, it has always been difficult to interpret the exact locations in the 1st and 2nd editions of the official Garden Guide.    Since many of the features no longer exist (stone paths now covered by grass, wooden bridges withered away, etc), I have to take a few guesses as to where certain things existed.

Here’s my first attempt, which I plan to refine after speaking to my Mom and Uncle and getting their thoughts and recollections. Please note that in future revisions I will increase the font size of the numerals which represent various garden areas/locations with respect to the garden guides.  For now, please put on your glasses and zoom in.

Garden Guide (revision 1)

Garden Guide (revision 1)

New Developments

Over the past week, I have found enough time to reconstruct the entire site and make it more responsive on mobile devices. Please bear with me as I add photos and other content over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, several comments that were made on some of the location pages have been lost in the upgrade process.  For the time being, I have disabled commenting on specific locations, limiting comments to the blog posts like this one for now.  I will re-enable commenting on specific locations once the location pages (gardens, cabins, people, structures, etc) are complete.

The site is now running a new a new set of plugins and a new theme to handle the vast amount of information – mostly the numerous garden locations found in the official guides.  More on those later.

In the meantime, please be patient as I add photos and information.  Today, I will be working on that as well as finishing up the new videos page which will contain several streaming videos captured at the height of Kraftwood’s beauty during a period when it was open to the public.