The Long Walk is one of Elsie Reford’s most original creations. Inspired by the mixed herbaceous borders designed for some of England’s great gardens by Gertrude Jekyll, she built two low stone walls to anchor the 300-foot walk. Slightly sloping beds flank the central pathway. The flagstones were designed by Robert Wilson Reford to resemble stone, but are made of cement, using shell-filled sand from the beach. The walk culminates in a vista of the St. Lawrence through the trees.
The Long Walk erupts into colour with the bright yellow basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis) and the rockcress (Arabis caucasica), which bloom as the snow melts in May. Plants bloom in succession: lilac, peonies, delphinium, lilies and phlox. Roses complete the roll call of beauty. More than 400 species and varieties of plants bloom from early spring to the end of the summer.