Wind your way through four lovely gardens at historic sites
Start your tour at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington where you will find mature trees, stone walls and sweeping vistas. You will be greeted with drifts of blooms in blue, pink, salmon and white – colors influenced by the Impressionist paintings in the Colonial Revival home and museum.
Travel a short way to Hartford to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was an enthusiastic gardener. In addition to eight blooming gardens surrounding Stowe’s 1871 home, you will find Connecticut's largest magnolia tree and a National Champion tree, the Common Pawpaw.
Less than two miles away is a restored Victorian ornamental garden at the Butler-McCook House and Garden. The site was designed by famed landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann, designer of Hartford’s Bushnell Park. The home’s exterior looks much as it did when it was built in 1782.
From here, travel to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, a site that includes three 18th-century homes in Wethersfield’s historic district. The restored Colonial Revival garden displays many of the same flowers that were originally selected by landscape architect Amy Cogswell in the 1920s.