May 30, 2014
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Summer Blooms with Tours and Events at the State's Best Gardens

Summer Blooms with Tours and Events at the State's Best Gardens

Julie Bidwell

Hillstead Sunken Gardens

June is a high time for gardeners across the state—not only are their own horticultural efforts rounding into shape by this point, but there are a bevy of delightful public gardens to enjoy. Here is a small bouquet plucked from some of this year’s offerings.

Starting Memorial Day weekend and running through June 13, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme hosts GardenFest, a 10-day celebration of the historic gardens that inspired the Impressionist painters of the Old Lyme Art Colony. In addition to special exhibitions, family activities, workshops and lectures, visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the property with a landscape historian (June 5), a plant sale (June 6) and Colleen Plimpton’s one-woman show as Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect (June 11). (860) 434-5542flogris.org.

On June 1 from noon to 4 p.m., The Women’s Club of Madison invites visitors to step into “Gardens by the Sea,” a garden tour and boutique showcasing a number of private gardens located near Long Island Sound. womensclubofmadison.org.

(The Beatrix Farrand garden at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, right. Photo by Julie Bidwell.)

The Stonington Garden Club offers its own version of “Gardens by the Sea” on June 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This walking tour features 10 gardens in Stonington Village. stoningtongardenclub.org.

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich presents “Grandiflora: The Glory of the Garden” on June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour gives garden enthusiasts a chance to explore some of the most impressive private gardens in lower Fairfield County. gecgreenwich.org.

Hartford’s Elizabeth Park, the oldest municipally owned rose garden in the nation, welcomes visitors for Rose Sunday onJune 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy more than 800 varieties of rose in bloom in the 2.1-acre park, as well as a farmer’s market. (860) 231-9443elizabethparkct.org.

And on June 22 from noon to 4 p.m., celebrate “Historic Garden Days” statewide as the 14 sites of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens host special events and activities. The gardens of Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Promisek at Three Rivers Farm in Bridgewater, Roseland Cottage in Woodstock and Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford are among the treasures to be showcased.

For more information visit cthistoricgardens.org.    

Summer Blooms with Tours and Events at the State's Best Gardens

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