Heckel Staircase Garden

The breathtaking staircase and terrace garden adjacent to the Class of 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. Messervy's design included massive Goshen stone boulders, which she called “perching stones,” that allow visitors and 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, encouraging visitors to sit a moment and enjoy the garden and the warmth of the sun.

Photo of the Heckel Staircase Garden

The Heckel Staircase Garden

Photo of the view from the top of the Heckel Staircase Garden

The view from the top of the Heckel Staircase Garden

Photo of the 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

Photo of designer Julie Moir Messervey directing placement of stones during construction of the Heckel Staircase Garden

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