Moulton’s Oval

Completely renovated in 2015, this petite garden overflows with a colorful mix of shrubs, perennials, and annuals in shades of blue, yellow, and white. Surrounded by well-traveled roadways on all sides, it is seen by nearly everyone passing through Amherst.

Moulton’s Oval October 2019

Along with annuals, the garden includes perennials such as white and yellow coneflower, yarrow, hardy baby’s breath, tall white phlox, balloon flower, dwarf marguerite, veronica, purple sage, and anise hyssop.


In summer 2018, an armillary sundial crafted by garden club member Peter Sevier was added to the garden. The fixed brass rod in the center points north and is parallel to the earth’s axis. As the sun appears to move across the sky, the rod casts a shadow on the “equatorial ring” of Roman numerals, one for each hour from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You are welcome to approach the sundial. For best results, check it out on a sunny day!

Armillary Sundial in Moulton’s Oval Garden (July 2018)



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