For over twenty years this 800-acre farm has benefitted from deliberate planning followed by careful actions. Projects have varied greatly in type and scale, and for the most part the greater scaled landscape area has been left vast and spare, showcasing the rolling farm aesthetic. The larger efforts in these areas have included extensive earth shaping, forestry maintenance and viewshed establishment, realignment of roads, refurbishment of three barns and four outbuildings, and the reconstruction of large ponds.
Much work has also been accomplished on approximately 50-acres around the main house. This area has been significantly enriched and refined with furnishing details for comfort and garden elements for interest. An extensive art collection has been integrated within a landscape whose inspiration was the Picturesque landscape movement. Projects in this home domain include the creation of the 3-acre pond, a new swimming pool and gazebo, sitting and dining gardens near the house, a perennial garden and tall grass maze, a chapel and a 90’ cedar arbor, many stone walls and created rock outcroppings including a 150' wide by 50' long natural stone garden and waterfall. There are also thousands of plantings.
The Farm is published in landscape journals and won planning and design awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. JP Shadley began working on the property in 1994 and he continues to do so today.