Tyler Formal Gardens Preservation

The Tyler Formal Gardens mission is to ensure ongoing restoration and preservation and to provide recreational, educational, and environmental opportunities for the community college, Bucks County residents, and the general public. Formal restoration of the gardens began in 1999, headed by Bucks County Community College’s Historic Preservation Program and supported by the college and its Foundation. The continued restoration and preservation of this historic site is greatly dependent on the dedication and generosity of both volunteers and donors who value the gardens’ illustrious history. Restoration and preservation efforts reflect the necessary balance between historical accuracy and practical public use/safety issues as well as between financial/human resources and repair imperatives/restoration enhancements.

Since 1999, numerous repairs and restoration projects have been completed, including installing formal hedging and planting beds, upgrading fountain plumbing, refurbishing and installing Stella Tyler’s statues, renewing gravel pathways, installing sodded lawns, installing replica doorway gates and marble bench, adding large concrete urns, repairing flagstone terraces and fountain patios as well as stone stairways and retaining walls. A pictorial history of Tyler Formal Gardens, Tyler Elegance: A Garden Odyssey, was published in 2011. Copies of the book are available at the Bucks County Community College Bookstore and the Foundation office as well as at various local bookstores. All proceeds from sales of the book benefit the Stella Elkins Tyler Gardens Endowment. 

For information about private garden tours or volunteer opportunities, contact the BCCC Foundation at (215) 968-8224 or foundation@bucks.edu.