Montrose has many enduring buildings and gardens. The oldest ones were put there by William Alexander Graham, a 19th-century governor of North Carolina, and his wife, Susan Washington Graham. An old kitchen, a barn, a smokehouse, a law office, a serpentine boxwood border, open lawns, and soaring trees are all on the property. Newer gardens include the May Garden, Aster Border, Circle Garden, Snowdrop Woods, Color Garden, Dianthus Walk, and even an area called Nandinaland. Old and new, these gardens and structures have been artistically woven together to create the existing landscape.