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Stop & Smell the Flowers...and Gardens Too

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 from dawn to dusk every day of the year. Admission is free. Events and specialty tours include Spring Greenhouse Show, garden tours, garden lectures, Rose Weekend in June, and outdoor summer concerts.

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, the Stowe House garden tours are now self-guided.

Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden, Farmington

Created by Theodate Pope, the fourth registered female architect in the United States, 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 takes place there May 4-5, 2024.

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. 

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.

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.

Hollister House Garden, Washington

A hidden gem in the Litchfield Hills, Hollister House Garden is situated on a gently sloping hillside behind a rambling 18th century farmhouse, featuring intimate outdoor spaces, bordered by dramatic hedges and refined landscaping, lavishly planted with both familiar and exotic species and open onto stunning vistas

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