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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.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Edgerton Park | Florence Griswold Museum | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Hill-Stead Museum | Logee's Greenhouses | Town of West Hartford | White Flower Farm
Main Street America. We invented that. Town greens. Those come standard here. White picket fences and American flags. Got those covered, too. The charm of Connecticut can be found in its small towns and main streets. Explore unique shops and galleries, get immersed in the café culture and soak in the authentic life. There are no wrong turns.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lime Rock Park | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry | Town of Fairfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Center for British Art
The winters in Connecticut are long, but more often than not, spring makes it all worthwhile. It won't be long now until a number of places in the state see spring fully sprung in all its glory – indeed, there are special havens where specific flowers and flowering plants dominate the landscape. If you love life and color, here are some spots to take it all in.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bigelow Hollow State Park | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Fairfield | Wooster Square
Once the snow melts, springtime in Connecticut quickly takes hold, rewarding us with colorful gardens, open fields, flowering trees and wonderful spring festivals. In April and May, the cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils and dogwoods come into bloom. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom.
Featuring: Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | City of Bridgeport | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | Connecticut College Arboretum | Cricket Hill Garden | Delamar Southport | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Garden of Ideas | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Hollister House Garden | Housatonic Museum of Art | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Little Pub Fairfield | Meigs Point Nature Center | New Canaan Nature Center | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale | Palmer Arboretum | Seaside Park | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Connecticut Pizza Trail | Town of Fairfield | Town of New Canaan | White Flower Farm | Yale Marsh Botanical Garden
Summer in Connecticut erupts with color, from carefully tended gardens to wild grown fields and forest trails. In June, the roses make their entrance. In July, the rhododendrons and lavender take center stage. And in August the sunflowers provide the grand finale. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom. Remember, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day is June 23, so be sure to check for locations celebrating throughout the state.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of New London | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Lavender Pond Farm | Lyman Orchards | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Bethlehem | Town of North Branford | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Stonington | Town of Thomaston | Town of Thompson | Wickham Park
There’s so much to look forward to this May! And with Mother’s Day comes the perfect excuse for a family adventure, new experiences (whether that means delicious summer food or spa time) and much more.
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Harkness Memorial State Park | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Logee's Greenhouses | Lyman Orchards | Manor House Inn | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pond House Cafe | Roseland Cottage Museum | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Fairfield | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wallingford General Antiques | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | White Flower Farm | Wickham Park
Connecticut is home to many beautiful blossoms. If you love beautiful historic gardens, our state is a paradise. Connecticut’s modest size means it’s easy to fit a lot of experiences into a short time. No matter what part of the state you’re in, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from one of these essential gardens!
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Edgerton Park | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Harkness Memorial State Park | Hill-Stead Museum | Hollister House Garden | Pardee Rose Gardens | Wickham Park
Connecticut’s climate, soil and varying terrain make it a wonderful place for growing and observing plants and flowers. In late spring and early summer, there are so many gardens and sanctuaries calling out for a visit that it’s hard to keep track of sometimes. With that in mind, here’s a selection.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Connecticut College Arboretum | Cricket Hill Garden | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Nipmuck State Forest | Pachaug State Forest | White Flower Farm
Many people are turning to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise and the renewing power of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut’s parks, forests and trails are a great resource. Below is a list of a few you might consider. But please check for temporary closures before you venture out and follow the guidelines provided by state and local officials.
They include avoiding popular or crowded parks; observing the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people; and, avoiding surfaces that are touched often, like playscapes, park benches and even other people's pets.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Burr Pond State Park | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | Chatfield Hollow State Park | City of Middletown | City of Norwich | Cockaponset State Forest | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Gay City State Park | Giuffrida Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | Kettletown State Park | Macedonia Brook State Park | McLean Game Refuge | Mianus River State Park | Nehantic State Forest | New Canaan Nature Center | Nipmuck State Forest | Old Furnace State Park | Pachaug State Forest | Riverfront Recapture | Ross Pond State Park | Salmon River State Forest | Shenipsit State Forest | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Cheshire | Town of Farmington | Town of Hamden | Town of Mansfield | Town of Naugatuck | Town of Pomfret | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Vernon | Town of Windsor | Town of Woodstock | Wadsworth Falls State Park | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Rock Ridge State Park | West Thompson Lake Federal Park | White Memorial Foundation | Wickham Park
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