Connecticut in Bloom Last Updated: April 2021

The winters in Connecticut are long, but more often than not, spring makes it all worthwhile. It won't be long now until a number of places in the state see spring fully sprung in all its glory – indeed, there are special havens where specific flowers and flowering plants dominate the landscape. If you love life and color, here are some spots to take it all in.

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Wooster Square, New Haven

Named for Revolutionary War hero David Wooster, New Haven’s Wooster square was conceived in the early 1800s and has been refurbished to simulate a turn-of-the-century park. Every spring, the square bursts into color when its border of Yoshino cherry trees come into bloom.

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Denison Homestead Museum, Mystic

Daffodils. One of the season’s early risers, daffodils are a welcome presence in nearly every suburban yard in Connecticut. See thousands of daffodils at the historic Denison Homestead Museum in Mystic.

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Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford

Bartlett Arboretum’s Mehlquist Rhododendron Collection covers over 1-1 1/2 acres and a half of land and contains several hundred species, varieties and cultivars of Rhododendron hardy to southwestern Connecticut. 

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Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union

Mountain Laurel. Connecticut’s State Flower is everywhere in the state, as only seems appropriate, but one of the great displays anywhere can be found in Union’s Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest. Here you’ll find a mile-long Mountain Laurel Sanctuary where the plants reach heights of 15 to 20 feet. First planted in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Sanctuary offers spots for picnicking and joyful contemplation as well.

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Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown

Rhododendron. This wonderfully generous plant grows in profusion throughout Connecticut, and they are well worth a “stop and see the flowers” moment late every spring/early summer. You can find a half-mile-long sanctuary within Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown. The native rosebay rhodies grow to heights of 10 to 15 feet, with leaves up to 10 inches long – all nestled among hemlock and Atlantic white cedar.

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Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

Elizabeth Park is on the national register of historic places. Elizabeth Park offers just over one hundred acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking loops, and the Pond House Café. Come enjoy the beauty of the gardens and grounds — and stunning roses, of course.