The front of Estevan Lodge is remarkably sober and unadorned. Unlike most gardens of this scale built in the 1920s and 1930s, this garden was not designed as a series of garden rooms that took their form from the house. The House Garden takes its shape from the large cedar hedge that once formed a turning circle, where carriages left their passengers at the front door. After removing the cedars, parallel beds were created flanking the entrance, slightly raised, and planted with crabapples and shrub roses. This area has proved ideal for concerts and public events, now held throughout the summer.
From the terrace, you can admire the massive bed of lupines (Lupinus sp.), originally sown by Robert Wilson Reford as his contribution to the gardens. They bloom in June and are followed by fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) and common valerian (Valeriana officinalis), two wildflowers that flourish in the area.