Connecticut Gardens

Connecticut gardens enhance public parks, nature centers, and historic home museums. A grand garden of this state is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in the capital city of Hartford, site of a famous flower show every spring. Many of the state's fine historic homes have grand gardens, as do many of the state parks.
Gardens are a beautiful place for romantic walks or nature exploration with children.

Bellamy-Ferriday garden -credit-Connecticuts Historic Gardens
Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden

9 Main Street Bethlehem, CT, 06751 Phone: 203-266-7596 for tours

This antique home features a formal parterre garden with chains of connected flowerbeds; roses, peonies, and lilacs. See a full description on our Historic Homes & Sites page.
Pardee Rose Gardens - Hamden, CT
Pardee Rose Gardens

180 Park Road Hamden, CT, 06517 Phone: 203-946-8142

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.
Gardens at Boothe Memorial Park and Museum - Stratford, CT
Boothe Memorial Park & Museum

5774 Main Street Stratford, CT, 06614 Phone: 203-381-2046

A lovely rose garden is among the attractions at this park aside the Housatonic River. The park includes a historic home of the Boothe family, exhibits of antiques, and picnicking grounds. See a full description on ourHistoric Homes & Sites page.
hollister House garden
Hollister House Garden

300 Nettleton Hollow Road Washington, CT, 06793 Phone: 860-868-2200

Located on a terraced site in the hills of Litchfield County, Hollister House Garden is an American interpretation of such classic English gardens as Sissinghurst , Great Dixter and Hidcote. Hollister House sponsors such events like Twilight in the Garden, Connecticut Open House Day, and Music in the Garden. Garden map.
Hours: late April to late September, Fridays, 2-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Private group visits on weekdays by appointment only.
Painting of the Gardens - Weir Farm National Historic Site - Wilton CT
Weir Farm National Historic Site

735 Nod Hill Road Wilton, CT, 06897 Phone: 203-834-1896

Home to three generations of American Impressionist painters, Weir Farm is the only national park dedicated to American painting. The site includes a Colonial-style sunken garden and the Weir Garden, which was created in 1915 and features a fountain, sundial and a rustic cedar fence.
Hours: Grounds open year-round, daily, dawn to dusk; Visitor Center open May through November, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Florence Griswold Garden - Old Lyme, CT - Photo Credit Connecticut's Historic Gardens
Florence Griswold Museum Gardens

96 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Phone: 860-434-5542

In the early 20th century, Florence Griswold’s boarding house in Old Lyme was the hub of one of the most important summer art colonies in America. Visitors may explore the beautiful property alongside the Lieutenant River and walk through the “old-fashioned” historic gardens.
Edgerton Park

75 Cliff Street at Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 Phone:

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.
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens - Hartford, CT
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

In Elizabeth Park - 1561 Asylum Avenue Hartford, CT, 06105 Phone: 860-231-9443

The park’s world famous rose garden is the oldest municipally operated rose garden in the country. The two-and-a half-acre rose garden has 15,000 plants in about 800 varieties of roses. The park is also home to a rock garden and specialized gardens of annuals, herbs, and perennials. Restrooms are in the Pond House Café building, open daily except Mondays. Picnicking is welcome, but fires are not allowed.
Glebe House Garden - Woodbury, CT - Photo Credit Connecticut's Historic Gardens
Glebe House and Gertrude Jekyll Garden

49 Hollow Road Woodbury, CT, 06798 Phone:

Upon the museum's creation in 1926, English author and landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll started a traditional garden -- and in the 1970s, her plans were completed. Now, visitors marvel at the wholeness of this garden as they stroll through border plantings and a rose allee.
Garden at Thankful Arnold House - Haddam, CT - Photo Credit Haddam Historical Society
Thankful Arnold House

14 Hayden Hill Road Haddam, CT, 06438 Phone: 860-345-2400

This three-story, 1794 home has been restored to reflect the lifestyle and furnishings of the period. A garden on the property features herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
The house’s gardens were redesigned in the 1980s in the Colonial Revival style with granite-edged beds and gravel paths, using plants commonly grown in 1830. Most of the garden is now devoted to herbs used for cooking, medicine, dyeing, fragrance and other household uses. Over 50 varieties of herbs are planted in the garden, including many of the ones Thankful Arnold would have used.
wickham park
Wickham Park

1329 West Middle Turnpike Manchester, CT, 06108 Phone: 860-528-0856

The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities, and other attractions. There are three sets of public restrooms in the park, and all are handicapped accessible. Gardens include the Arboretum, the Irish Garden, the English Garden, the Scottish Garden, the Cabin Garden & Amphitheater, the Oriental Garden, the Italian Shrine, the Lotus Garden, the Wetlands Garden, and the Sensory Garden.
phelps hatheway house and gardens
Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden

55 South Main Street Suffield, CT Phone:

Formal gardens and an ornate fence enhance the beauty of this house, a fine example of a prosperous 18th-century New England family. See a full description on our Historic Homes & Sites page.
Rose Garden - Mohegan Park - Photo Credit Andrew MacLeod
Mohegan Park

189 Mohegan Park Road Norwich, CT, 06360 Phone: 860-823-3798

Norwich is the Rose City, and a formal rose garden is one of many features in late spring and summer -- including a swimming beach and walks -- in this delightful urban park. - Trail Map (PDF)
ogden house garden
Ogden House and Colonial Gardens

1520 Bronson Road Fairfield, CT, 06824 Phone: 203-259-1598

Built in the 18th century, this traditional New England farmhouse is host to exhibits detailing the daily lives of colonial Americans. The property also has a wildflower garden and a kitchen garden. The 18th-century style kitchen garden, behind the house, features raised beds, walkways of crushed sea shells with plants and herbs typical of those used at the time.
Hours: June to September, Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Garden 500x250
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest Street Hartford, CT, 06105 Phone: 860-522-9258

At the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, interesting things to look at are found outside as well as inside. Inside the center, exhibits inform visitors about the life of the famous activist, abolitionist and author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Outside, the gardens are instructive about the author’s knowledge of and appreciation for Victorian-era flowers and plantings. The gardens, one of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens, include a woodland garden, a wildflower meadow, a high Victorian texture garden, heritage roses and and formal color-coordinated gardens. The property also includes the state’s largest magnolia tree and a dogwood that is more than 100 years old.
Colonial Revival Garden at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum - Wethersfield, CT
Colonial Revival Garden of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

211 Main Street Wethersfield, CT, 06109 Phone: 860-529-0612

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum is composed of four historic homes from the 18th century. Tours and special events take place all year. The Webb House garden was a prototypical of Colonial Revival gardens dating from the 1920s. It was created by landscape designer Amy Cogswell.
Historic Mansion & Gardens - Harkness Memorial State Park - Waterford, CT
Harkness Memorial State Park

275 Great Neck Road - CT Route 213 Waterford, CT, 06385 Phone: 860-443-5725

This park is on the 230-acre property occupied by the former summer mansion of the Harkness family. The property is loved for its vast lawns sweeping down to Long Island Sound, its old trees, and beautiful flower gardens. These include an Alpine rock garden. Property is open year-round, daily, from 8 a.m. to sunset. Parking fees are charged. - Park Map (PDF)
Osborne Homestead Museum & Kellogg Environmental Center - Derby, CT
Osborne Homestead Museum & Kellogg Environmental Center

500 Hawthorne Avenue Derby, CT, 06418 Phone: 203-734-2513

This 1850 estate is the former home of Frances Osborne Kellogg. The grounds include several gardens, among them an English rock garden and formal rose garden. Inside, visitors will find fine art and antiques collections. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A donation is requested from visitors.