The 129 acres that comprise Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University were once at the center of Reynolda, the early twentieth century estate of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Reynolds in the piedmont of North Carolina. It originally included a lake, a golf course, formal gardens, greenhouses, and woods. Today antique and modern plants are cultivated, and the formal gardens have been restored to the historic design created by landscape architect Thomas Sears. The site also includes a wooded area with walking trails, a native meadow, and a wetland. Although many changes have occurred to the landscape over the past century, this preserve serves as a learning center for topics related to horticulture, environmental sciences, and landscape history.