Great Connecticut Gardens for Fall Last Updated: August 2021

Spring and Summer may be Connecticut’s most popular months for garden hopping, but those seasons pale in comparison to the natural colors that take over in fall. Here are just a few of the places that remain great garden destinations for visits and activities throughout the autumn months.

Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as guidelines may change due to COVID-19.

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Hill-Stead, Farmington

Designed by America’s first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand, Hill-Stead’s remarkable Sunken Garden attracts visitors even throughout the fall season. In addition to elegant and picture-perfect fall weddings, live performaces are held on the museum grounds.

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Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

A destination that has been irresistible to artists for generations, the Florence Griswold Museum is framed by legendary gardens and grounds. In the fall, you’ll enjoy the peaceful natural setting, along with a calendar of great events.

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Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford

The enchanting grounds of the Bartlett Arboretum come alive in the fall, including a collection of Connecticut and New England Champion trees among other habitats and gardens. You can take a self-guided stroll through the grounds with their unique self-directed tour app or even do an outdoor scavenger hunt!

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Edgerton Park Gardens, New Haven

Edgerton Park Conservancy in New Haven is a gardener’s dream, with its wooded setting, greenhouses and a historic carriage house filled with a collection of books on gardening. The park itself always makes a colorful showing in the fall, and you can stroll the grounds and sit on one of many park benches scattered throughout.

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Glebe House & Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury

If you happen to be visiting the Litchfield Hills for the fall foliage, be sure to stop in at the Glebe House and Jekyll Gardens in the historic Hollow of Woodbury. Look for upcoming events for the historic house and property or take a guided tour.

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Get your Own Garden Ready for Fall

There are farm markets and garden centers open in all four seasons, all over Connecticut. Logee's Plants for Home & Garden in Danielson and Moscarillo’s in West Hartford join the well-known White Flower Farm in Morris (pictured) as a few of Connecticut’s premier garden destinations any time of year.

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Hollister House Garden, Washington

Beautifully situated on a sloping, terraced site in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, Hollister House Garden is an American interpretation of the classic English garden, formal in its structure but informal and rather wild in its style of planting.