The 12 Most Beautifully Landscaped Governor’s Mansions

Kentucky Governor's Mansion

On the east lawn of the Kentucky Capitol, perched on a bluff above the Kentucky River in Frankfort, stands the Governor’s Mansion. The 25-room mansion, built in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, dates back to 1914.

The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion is, simply put, a gem. Yet the stunning limestone structure wouldn’t be quite the gem it is without the superb landscaping. The tidy, bursting-with-color landscaping accentuates what’s already an attractive and treasured asset.

The mansion’s grounds consist of formal gardens in the front, a private space in the back, a small memorial garden, a rain garden, a vegetable garden and an activity area. Two people are assigned to maintain the grounds, but other landscapers and horticulturists chip in as needed.

“We are so fortunate to have such a talented staff here to work with. It takes a high level of dedication to accomplish all the things that we do to provide our visitors with a world-class display,” says Garth Larson, who oversees 700 landscaped acres at the mansion, the Capitol and other state-owned properties.


Photo: WKMS/Wikimedia Commons

Larson says that every year, the mansion’s grounds feature a summer landscaping design and a winter landscaping design, as well as designs for special events. Among the landscaping highlights are beech, dogwood and elm trees, along with ivy and Weeping Katsura.

Larson says he’s pursuing certification of the Capitol grounds, including the Governor’s Mansion, as a botanical garden and arboretum. In our estimation, such certification is well deserved.

“We are charged with being good stewards of the commonwealth’s resources,” Larson says of the landscaping for state facilities, “and we take this very seriously.”

Here at LawnStarter, we take landscaping and lawn care seriously, too. We believe that seriously good landscaping deserves high praise, so we’ve put the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion atop our list of the 12 Most Beautifully Landscaped Governor’s Mansions. Read on to see whether the governor’s mansion in your state made the cut.

1. Kentucky
Frankfort, KY


Photo: Capital Living

2. Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Wisconsin Governor's Mansion

Photo: Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation

3. Missouri
Jefferson City, MO

Missouri Governor's Mansion

Photo: SOA

4. Arkansas
Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Governor's Mansion

Photo: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

5. New Jersey
Princeton, NJ

New Jersey Governor's Mansion

Photo: Pinterest

6. Oregon
Salem, OR

Oregon Governor's Mansion

Photo: Indow Windows

7. Maryland
Annapolis, MD

Maryland Governor's Mansion

Photo: Flickr/Maryland GovPics

8. Alaska
Juneau, AK

Alaska Governor's Mansion

Photo: Retire Early

9. Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Alabama Governor's Mansion

Photo: Stephen Travels

10. Nevada
Carson City, NV

Nevada Governor's Mansion

Photo: Pinterest

11. Kansas
Topeka, KS

Kansas Governor's Mansion

Photo: Flickriver/Jaci Starkey

12. Tennessee
Nashville, TN

Tennessee Governor's Mansion

Photo: Archimania

Top photo: Wikimedia Commons

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John Egan

John Egan is the former editor in chief of Now, he is a freelance writer extraordinaire. He lives in Austin, Texas.