Connecticut's Summer Blossom Finder Last Updated 5/19
Summer in Connecticut erupts with color, from carefully tended gardens to wild grown fields and forest trails. In June, the roses make their entrance. In July, the rhododendrons and lavender take center stage. And in August the sunflowers provide the grand finale. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom. Remember, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day is June 23, so be sure to check for locations celebrating throughout the state.
Run for the Roses (Mid-June—Late July)
As the elegance and vibrancy of roses returns to gardens and parks all across Connecticut, you’ll find celebrations and events in full swing, too. GardenFest comes to Old Lyme’s Florence Griswold Museum and Westport Historical Society's annul Garden Celebration & Tour runs June 8 and June 9. And on June 15 and June 16, don’t miss Rose Weekend at Hartford’s Elizabeth Park!
Lavender Fields Forever (Mid-June—September)
Imagine a field of lavender rolling on as far as the eye can see. You might not be aware, but we’ve got lavender farms right here in Connecticut, where you can enjoy this serene setting and maybe even bring a little of this calming scent of the flowering lavender plant home with you. Fort Hill Farms in Thompson even features a lavender labyrinth in summer months!
Flowers of the Forest (Late June-July)
These flowering shrubs and their sister plants, azalea, burst into color throughout the summer. And here in Connecticut, we’ve even got a few trails dedicated to viewing them. At Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, visit the Nancy Moss Fine Native Azalea Garden. And in Voluntown, the Rhododendron Sanctuary at the Pachaug State Forest is home to a half-mile hike among wild blooming rhododendrons into mid July.