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Connecticut's Historic Gardens

These extraordinary Connecticut gardens form Connecticut's Historic Gardens, a "trail" of natural beauties across the state. For more information on each of the gardens, visit www.cthistoricgardens.org.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem. An apple orchard and a circa-1915 formal parterre garden that blossoms with peonies, roses, and lilacs are the highlights of this garden.

Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford. Landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann created a Victorian garden that's an amazing respite from downtown city life.

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme. The gardens at the historic Florence Griswold Museum, once the home of a prominent Old Lyme family and then a haven for artists, have been restored to their 1910 appearance and feature hollyhocks and black-eyed Susans.

Glebe House Museum, Woodbury. Legendary British garden writer and designer Gertrude Jekyll designed only three gardens in the United States, and the one at the Glebe House Museum is the only one still in existence. The garden is a classic example of Jekyll's ideas of color harmonies and plant combinations; a hedge of mixed shrubs encloses a mix of perennials.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford. Connecticut's largest magnolia tree, a 100-year-old pink dogwood, an antique rose garden, a wildflower meadow, and a blue cottage garden are the highlights of the grounds.

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington. The centerpiece of the Hill-Stead Museum is a circa-1920 sunken garden enclosed in a yew hedge and surrounded by a wall of rough stone. At the center of the octagonal design is a summerhouse with 36 flowerbeds and brick walkways radiating outward.

Promisek Beatrix Farrand Garden, Bridgewater. The prolific Beatrix Farrand designed the garden at Promisek Beatrix Farrand Garden, which overflows with beds of annuals and perennials such as hollyhocks, peonies, and always-dashing delphiniums.

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock. At Roseland Cottage, the boxwood parterre garden includes 21 flowerbeds surrounded by boxwood hedges.

Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield. This Colonial Revival garden is filled with such old-fashioned flowers as peonies, pinks, phlox, hollyhocks, and larkspur, as well as a profusion of roses.

Updated: 2014-05-06

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