Heckel Staircase Garden

The breathtaking staircase and terrace garden in Mount Holyoke College’s 1904 Garden is named in memory of Anne Pitt Heckel, Class of 1934, and Robert Heckel.

The staircase features locally mined Goshen stone steps, terraces and walks interspersed with cascading banks of perennials and dwarf evergreens. The garden was designed by landscape and garden designer, Julie Moir Messervy. Ms Messervy included massive Goshen stone boulders as "perching stones," allowing visitors, or even small classes, to sit in the garden.

The terrace at the top of the staircase provides lovely views of the Heckel Staircase, the 1904 Garden, the Virginia Timmy Craig Rhododendron Garden, and the Talcott Greenhouse in the near distance. The seating wall of the terrace catches the sun most of the day, and encourages students to sit a moment and enjoy the garden and the warmth of the sun.

The Heckel Staircase Garden

The Heckel Staircase Garden

View from the top of the Heckel Staircase Garden

View from the top of the Heckel Staircase Garden

Side path of the Heckel Staircase, seen above the Class of 1904 bench

Side path of the Heckel Staircase, seen above the Class of 1904 bench

Designer Julie Moir Messervey directs placement of stones during construction of the Heckel Staircase Garden

Designer Julie Moir Messervey directs placement of stones during construction of the Heckel Staircase Garden