The National Park Service is restoring the Roosevelt Home Garden and establishing a Victory Garden Education program for park visitors and youth around the country. This garden nourished the Roosevelt family from FDR's earliest days and, once restored, can do the same for 21st Century visitors to the site.
Soon after the Roosevelt Home opened to the public in 1946, the garden was paved over to provide parking for visitors. Recently, parking was relocated to its present location, providing opportunity for a full restoration of the Home Garden. Research and planning assistance from the NPS's Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and the Environmental School of Forestry at the State University of New York, Syracuse have produced documentation and working plans to guide the garden restoration. The nearly two-acre garden was located just north of the burial site and rose garden and will be at the heart of every park visit where it will provide fertile ground for exploring both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's ties to the land and their deep interests in ensuring an ample food supply for the nation.
The National Park Service will operate the garden with extensive support from volunteers. Educational activities for all ages, still in the planning stage, will accompany the project. Our partner, the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Conservancy, is supporting the project with funding and a rich table of outreach activities and is working hard to raise support so that the project can reach its full potential.
Last updated: August 11, 2020