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The Jill Griesse Historic Garden


The Jill Griesse Historic Garden
at the Robbins Hunter Museum

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The Jill Griesse Historic Garden


The Jill Griesse Historic Garden
at the Robbins Hunter Museum

The Jill Griesse Historic Garden at the Robbins Hunter Museum at Avery Downer House creates an amazing outdoor garden and performance pavilion that celebrates the life of Jill Griesse. The garden and daffodils are "a collection of a lifetime."

This garden is an educational, all-season landscape in the heart of the Village of Granville and establishes the Robbin Hunter Museum as a leading expert on gardening within our community.

The garden honors  the late Jill Griesse and her passion for daffodils, gardening and the Robbins Hunter Museum. The Griesse family  graciously gave the museum a selection of Jill’s priceless daffodil collection. The museum has developed a design for the landscape that  include elements required for a sanctioned American Daffodil Society (ADS) display garden in honor of Jill.

The historic garden is designed with three gardens representing three periods of significance to the house and include historic design, ornamentation, and plants from each era. The garden will be used to educate visitors and our community, both children and adults,  about how landscape design has changed over time and facilitate new programming on historic gardens and gardening in general – such as exhibitions, classes for adults and children and bi-annual Granville garden tours.

A new Greek revival Performance Pavilion within the garden is an intimate gathering place and allows for small public and private (fee generating) events including private parties and weddings, lectures, musical performances and theatrical performances, partnering at times with Denison University and other county and regional entities. 

The garden continues to be developed in phases.

2015

  • On April 18th, the weekend of the Granville Daffodil Show, the museum will host the official groundbreaking of the garden.  During that weekend the new daffodils planted in front of the museum will be blooming.
  • During the spring and summer months, hard scaping will be executed along with beginning to plant annuals in beds
  • The garden will be featured in June at the museum’s first Granville Town and Country Garden Tour
  • Griesse garden daffodil builds will be transplanted to Robbins Hunter Museum garden

2016

  • In the spring and summer, garden beds planting will continue to be planted.
  • Public garden programming will begin for adults and children.
  • Performance Pavilion public programming will occur all spring, summer and fall

2017

  • In the spring, final garden plantings will be completed
  • Completion of the hardscape, as funding allows

The Jill Griesse Historic Garden will only become a reality with your support. Learn more about how you can help us create a new amazing public space for the Village of Granville that Jill loved.

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About Jill Griesse


About Jill Griesse


Philanthropist, political activist, community leader, competitive swim coach, business partner with her husband and mother of three:  Jill Griesse did it all and did it well.  In her last year, while fighting the most challenging battle of her life, pancreatic cancer, she chaired the 2012 National American Daffodil Convention in Columbus, Ohio, ending with a candlelight dinner under a tent at her home, Pau Hana.  There she had over the past three decades planted thousands upon thousands of daffodils consisting of more than 700 varieties.

Two nights later, she once again shared Pau Hana and the daffodils for the benefit of the Robbins Hunter Museum.  Director, Ann Lowder said, “When we were fortunate enough to have Jill accept our invitation to serve on the Board of Trustees, she really put herself into it.  She rolled up her sleeves and went to work, attracting strong community leaders and embarking on five years of a fundraising event at Pau Hana during daffodil season.  She has an enormous strength of purpose.”  Her efforts on behalf of the museum enabled the completion of many projects and put the museum in the position of being Granville’s premier tourist attraction.

To honor the memory of Jill, the Robbins Hunter Museum began in 2014 to create an historic garden landscape interpreting three historic periods.  Using the architectural plans of Laura Burchfield, MLA, beds will incorporate thousands of daffodil bulbs representing every cultivar.  Partners will include the American Daffodil Society and the Granville Garden Club, both of which Jill was a proud member.

 

“My journey into the world of daffodils has given me such great pleasure…these enchanting blossoms can turn a placid wood into a symphony of peace and tranquility….Then there is the sharing that extends my joy into the lives of so many people.  They will be my gift for generations to come.”  Jill Griesse

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About RHM


About RHM


The Avery-Downer House and Robbins Hunter Museum (RHM) is a historic house museum furnished with 18th and 19th century decorative arts acquired by the original owners, as well as collectors tied to the house over its long history. It was completed in 1842, with additions in 1875, 1930, and finally during Robbins Hunter's occupancy from 1956 to 1979. The house has 27 rooms, sixteen of which are open to the public.

A private residence until 1903, the house was owned successively by the Avery, Spelman, and Downer families. From 1903 to 1930, the house was home to Denison University's Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and from 1930 until 1956 it was home to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

From 1956 until 1979, Robbins Hunter, Jr. made his home here. He had long harbored a dream of preserving the Avery-Downer House as a museum, and during his 23 years of ownership, he painstakingly collected antiques worthy of furnishing the interior. Opened as a museum in August of 1981 under the provisions of his will, the building has undergone extensive restoration and rehabilitation, revealing the beauty of this important Grecian landmark.

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The Jill Griesse Historic Garden is a gathering place where everyone can play, learn and grow. Help us build and endow the garden so it can be a treasured space in Granville for years to come. Select the Donate Now button to make a secure donation.

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