How Does Your Historic Garden Grow? 14 CT Sites Answer

Next Sunday, June 24 is the 9th Annual Connecticut Historic Gardens Day – a perfect day to visit one or several of 14 historic gardens across Connecticut. Each site offers special activities emphasizing their site and its unique history.  Connecticut residents (and visitors from beyond the state’s borders) are urged to visit a site or two in their immediate area, or make a day of it and head off to explore another part of the state.   The 14 historic sites are throughout the state, from Wilton to Old Lyme, Bethlehem to Woodstock. Connecticut's Historic Gardens raises awareness of distinctive historic sites and gardens within Connecticut's borders. By pooling funding, design, marketing and volunteer resources, the organization increases programming opportunities, offering the public experiences rich in beauty and history, and brings greater recognition and visitation to member sites.

Connecticut's Historic Gardens was started in 2002 by a small group of historic sites with gardens that pooled resources to participate in the annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show held in Hartford. Out of this collaboration came the development of a comprehensive brochure, funded by a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, that has been distributed in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, and is available online. The group also participates in the New England Flower Show in Boston.

Programs and fees vary at each of the historic sites; hours are 12 noon to 4 pm unless noted on their respective web sites.  The 14 locations are:

  • Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem
  • Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford
  • Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
  • Glebe House Museum, Woodbury
  • Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
  • Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
  • New London County Historical Society and Shaw Mansion, New London
  • Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby
  • Promisek at Three Rivers Farm, Bridgewater
  • Roseland Cottage, Woodstock
  • Thankful Arnold House Museum / Haddam Historical Society, Haddaam
  • Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton