Connecticut’s Historic Gardens (CHG) cultivates a passion for the diversity of historic gardens at distinctive historic homes in Connecticut. By partnering through shared marketing initiatives, CHG brings greater recognition and visitation to member sites, offering visitors experiences rich in beauty and history, and fostering learning.
CHG formed in 2004 by a small group of representatives from 9 historic sites with gardens that came together to improve marketing and promotion of their respective sites. They pooled resources to participate in the state's largest winter flower show, the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show held each February in Hartford. They also created Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, which, in 2020, will celebrate its 17th consecutive year. Each site plans special events unique to the venue (events will be tailored this year due to COVID-19, with tours also available virtually). In 2012, the group initiated a poster art contest to encourage a connection between the gardens and artists throughout the state. The winning artwork is used to create a poster and other materials that advertise the event.