The Upper Reflecting Pond with the barn and log homes, reflected trees, perfectly curved roads and expansive pasture is really the signature view of Reflection Riding. This “heart” of the arboretum was intentionally designed as an artist would a landscape painting. But unlike a landscape on canvas you can experience this painting differently every season, in fact every hour brings a change in light and shadow. Even more importantly in landscape art the “artist’s concept keeps on growing with the years. The three principal collaborators in the creation of Reflection Riding-Mr. and Mrs. Chambliss and Marie Humphreys were constantly surprised, delighted and astonished with what they had done and continued to do. They could not possibly foresee where it would end, and happily it did not. The place is still growing, and the enchantment it cast over its own founders has spread for several generations.
In the early years the single prominent feature on the eastern bank of the Upper reflecting Pond was a native Sassafras tree which would turn flame red in late fall. Later the stately Dawn Redwoods and Gingko were added to this panoramic view. Today you can still sit beside the Sassafras tree and observe the magnificence of nature all around you; watch the swallows strike the water, turtles sunbathe on the rocks and horses graze in the distant pasture. You will agree with Margaret Chambliss that “Reflection” is the perfect word to be paired with “Riding”.