Stop & Smell the Flowers...and Gardens Too Last Updated 5/18
Connecticut offers many ways to get back to nature, but none are as colorful as its gardens, which are blooming with history, entertainment, activities and – of course – flowers! Discover an array of beautiful, fragrant locations to dazzle your senses.
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, Hartford
Oldest municipally operated rose garden in the country. It is a 2½-acre garden with approximately 800 varieties of roses that amount to 15,000 plants. Elizabeth Park is open dawn to dusk every day of the year. Admission is free. Events and specialty tours that include Full Moon Tours, Perennial Garden Tours, Rose Garden History Tours, Wine & Roses Fundraiser and Summer Concert Series.
Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford
Historic and restored Victorian ornamental garden, originally laid out in 1865 by pioneer landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
Gardens include Connecticut's largest Merrill magnolia and the Stowe Dogwood™, a pink dogwood believed to be from the author's time. In season, Stowe House tours include the gardens and special garden tours are offered by reservation.
Hartford Blooms! June 9-17, 2018
A nine-day showcase of Hartford’s outstanding private gardens, its beautiful public gardens, and historic buildings, Hartford Blooms this year also features live music and luncheons.
Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden, Farmington
Created by Theodate Pope, the fourth registered female architect in the U.S., the Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden octagonal garden holds over 90 varieties of perennials and annuals in 36 beds. The color palette of cool hues—primarily pink, blue, purple, and white accented with silvery-grey greenery— mimics that of the Impressionist paintings found within the historic mansion. Garden occupies nearly an acre and boasts a summer house, brick walkways, and a stone sundial. The annual May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet takes place there May 5-6.
Hurst Farm Country Store & Greenhouses, Andover
36-acre farm with lovely gardens and scenic views. Country store offers the farm's own homemade salsas, jellies, and more. Fall hayrides, sugar shack.
Pardee Rose Garden, Hamden
Established in 1922, Pardee Rose Gardens offers 2 acres with an array of flowers from early spring until mid-fall and features one of Connecticut’s finest display of roses.
Sundial Gardens & Tea Shop, Higganum
Formal gardens in a period setting. Tea Shop features an extensive selection of fine, loose teas from the major tea growing regions around the world.
Thankful Arnold House Museum & Wilhelmina Arnold Barnhart Memorial Garden, Haddam
Thankful Arnold House garden features over 50 varieties of herbs from the early 1800s, including those used in cooking, dyeing, fragrance and medicine. A member of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens, the grounds are open to the public year-round with free admission. Suggested donation for a tour of the museum.
Walnut Hill Park Rose Gardens, New Britain
More than 850 roses ranging in variety, color and fragrance. Gardens grow next to World War I monument in beloved Walnut Hill Park, a historic landmark designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. www.friendsoftherosegarden.org
Webb-Deane Stevens Colonial Revival Garden, Wethersfield
Beautiful Colonial Revival Garden open to the public throughout the year. Designed by Amy Cogswell, one of the first female garden architects in the U.S. Garden is located behind the Webb House, a historic house made famous in part due to a visit by George Washington in 1781.
Wickham Park, Manchester
250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities and other attractions that extend into Manchester and East Hartford. Its most unique feature is its many acres of ornamental gardens. There are six different themed gardens, ranging from one-half to eight acres. Run by a non-profit, private foundation. Admission: $5 per vehicle Monday through Friday; $7 weekends and holidays.
Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden, Norwich
Enjoy blooming rose gardens in late June and early July at this pretty Norwich park which also features outdoor activities and a lakeside pavilion.