500 Hawthorne Avenue (near Osbornedale State Park)Derby, CT, 06418Phone: 203-734-2513
Former estate of Frances Osborne Kellogg. Elegant Colonial Revival home (1850), original antiques and fine arts. Formal rose and flower garden, English rock garden. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Admission: Donation requested. Open: Late April-mid-December, Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Grounds: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Pardee Rose Garden and Greenhouse is in bloom from early spring to fall, showcasing a glorious array of roses. Traditionally, many brides and grooms come here for wedding pictures.
Hours: Open year-round.
75 Cliff Street at Whitney AvenueNew Haven, CT, 06511Phone:
Once an experimental mulberry orchard, this stately public park was the home of Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin. Bought in 1906 by the Brewster family, the stately mansion stood near the great lawn of an estate designed to replicate an English landscape garden. Now a city park hosting many public cultural events.
Hours: Open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. The conservatory is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day except major holidays.