Gardens and Wine

Gardens + Wine. Simply divine. Our regional gardens are waiting for you to come explore (and we paired with some excellent vineyard options).

Touring the Coast

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme. This National Historic Landmark, located on 11 acres along the Lieutenant River, boasts restored original gardens of Miss Florence, dating back to 1910. There are over 1,500 unique heirloom perennials and several different specimens of trees; all of which inspired the works for Childe Hassam, William Chadwick and other renowned impressionist painters, who were part of the original Lyme Art Colony.

 

Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford. Home to an Italianate style mansion, Eolia (built in 1904), that became the summer home of Edward and Mary Harkness. Beatrix Farrand-designed formal gardens surround the mansion and showcase Chinese statuary, a columned pergola, a manmade waterfall and a manicured Japanese maple grove.

 

 

Connecticut College Arboretum, New London. Features two gardens: The Caroline Black Garden was established in the 1920s, and named after Dr. Black, the first chairperson of the Conn College Botany Department. There are over 187 species of wood taxa in the garden, which is designed in four distinct “rooms” giving the effect of a number of smaller gardens within the whole; the Wild Flower Garden was founded in 1956 and is over two-acres in size.

 

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic. Offers an opportunity to explore a butterfly house filled with flowering plants as well as a number of distinct wildlife habitats and natural gardens native to Eastern Connecticut. All trails begin and end at the Nature center. Check the website for special walks and talks.

 

 

Mystic Seaport, Mystic. Throughout the Museum's 19 acres you will find a diverse collection of gardens, trees and shrubs. Their nine different gardens contain hundreds of different varieties of plants which accentuate the beauty and historical context of the river, ships and historic village.

 

 

PAIR WITH: Priam Vineyards, Colchester; Maugle Sierra Vineyards, Ledyard; Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington; or Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington.


Heading Inland

Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden, Norwich. This formal rose garden commemorates Norwich as “The Rose of New England” and is dedicated to all veterans of foreign wars. The garden includes 2,500 rose bushes in 120 varieties which are in full bloom in June but continue to blossom through the summer.

 

 

PAIR WITH: Preston Ridge Vineyard, Preston; Dalice Elizabeth Winery, Preston.


Relaxing in the Country

Garden on the Bridge, Windham. This bridge connects Windham Mills State Heritage Park and a restored mill building. The planted container gardens are at their peak in June. It’s also pretty hard to miss its famous neighbor, the Frog Bridge, which carries traffic into Willimantic.

 



University of Connecticut Arboretum, Storrs. A self-guided tour visiting forty different trees of special interest on the main campus of University of Connecticut, Storrs.

 

 



Roseland Cottage-Bowen House, Woodstock. In 1846, Henry C. Bowen, a New York silk merchant, built Roseland Cottage as a summer home. Here he hosted lavish Fourth of July garden parties for prominent guests (including a few US Presidents). The property showcases restored 19th century, parterre gardens with 21 flowerbeds all surrounded by boxwood.  Visitors can tour the pink Gothic Revival house and grounds; enjoy summer concerts and an annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival.

 

Quintessential Gardens at Fort Hill Farms, Thompson. Enjoy this farm’s perennial display gardens, educational corn maze and 1,500 plant lavender labyrinth May-October. The flowers are in bloom in the late summer.





Logee's Greenhouse, Danielson. Since 1892, the Logee-Martin family has been growing and selling over a thousand varieties of tropical container plants for home and garden. Come wander through seven enchanted, fragrant greenhouses. Hear the trickling sounds of the water garden and see lemons the size of grapefruits on a 103 year-old Ponderosa Lemon Tree. This is where Martha Stewart shops for her begonias.

 

PAIR WITH: Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock; Cassidy Hill Vineyard, Coventry; or Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret.