CT's Historic Gardens Day

Sunday, June 27, 2021
12:00 - 4:00 pm

See below for information on Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day activities in 2021. Check often for updates if your favorite garden is not listed. You can also download our interactive flyer (pdf).

Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden

Bethlehem, CT
Discover the botanical beauty of a bygone era at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. Stroll through the formal parterre garden designed in 1915 by Eliza Mitchell Ferriday, RAIN OR SHINE. 

All visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. The historic house museum interior, gift shop (incuding restrooms), and outbuildings will remain closed to the public. Food is prohibited on the grounds.

Registration is required. To reserve a time to visit,  please call (203) 266-7596. Same-day registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. 

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Butler-McCook House & Garden

Hartford, CT
At present, Butler-McCook House & Garden is still requesting that visitors wear masks and social distance to participate in CT's Historic Gardens Day activities. Registration is requested.

For this special day, artist Juner Patnode, whose work will be on exhibit in the Aetna Gallery in the Butler-McCook House, will be demonstrating her Chinese silk painting techniques outside in the garden from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Click here to register for CT's Historic Gardens Day
Click here for a virtual tour

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Florence Griswold Museum

Old Lyme, CT
Enjoy free access to the historic gardens and grounds in full bloom. Members of the Museum's much-loved and dedicated Garden Gang will be on site to answer your garden-related questions. For fully vaccinated visitors, there is no mask requirement outdoors or indoors.

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Glebe House Museum & The Gertrude Jekyll Garden

Woodbury, CT
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden is Open dawn-dusk. 12:00 - 4:00 pm: There will be Master Gardeners and Jekyll Garden Committee members on hand to answer any questions that visitors may have. There will also be a Master Gardeners Booth for visitors to find information. Social distancing is required on site. Mask usage is required in the garden when six feet of distance is not possible.

The Glebe House Museum will host an open house from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The main floor of the historic home will be open for visitors to view. Docents will be on hand to answer any questions. Masks are required to enter buildings. Museum entry will be limited to 10 guests at a time.

Admission is free / Donations accepted.

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Harkness Memorial State Park

Waterford, CT
Harkness does not have special activities on CT's Historic Gardens Day,  but the park will be open as usual.

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Hill-Stead Museum

Farmington, CT
Hill-Stead Museum invites you to enjoy its beloved gardens showcasing the beauty of nature and its continually restorative gifts. The museum's expansive 152-acre property includes the formal Beatrix Farrand-designed historic Sunken Garden and an innovative Pollinator Garden

On CT's Historic Gardens Day, visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens and grounds at their leisure. Hill-Stead's Garden Gang, led by several Master Gardeners, will be available to provide information about the museum's gardens as well as tips and tricks for gardening at home. No special tours or talks are scheduled due to COVID, and participants are asked to adhere to proper social distancing measures (kindly stay six feet from others, and wear a mask).

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Osborne Homestead Museum & Kellogg Environmental Center

Derby, CT
Osborne Homestead is offering self-guided garden tours and self-guided museum tours. For the museum tours, pre-registration is required: register here. Social distancing and masks required indoors and highly recommended outdoors.

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Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

Suffield, CT
Visitors can speak with members of the Suffield Garden Club who have lovingly maintained the grounds for more than 55 years, and take a self-guided tour of the beautiful garden. The garden will be open RAIN OR SHINE.

Grounds admission is free on CT's Historic Gardens Day. Registration for timed entry is required. All visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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Promisek at Three Rivers Farm

Bridgewater, CT
Promisek's master gardener will be on-site to answer questions and provide a history of the garden. Trail maps are available to walk deer trails and throughout the wooded area of the property.

To maintain appropriate social distancing, visitors are asked to sign up on the Promisek website. Walk-ins will be allowed if space permits. CDC and state guidelines regarding COVID restrictions will be followed.

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Roseland Cottage

Woodstock, CT
Roseland Cottage invites visitors to come see the 1850 parterre garden, one of the only gardens in New England that maintains its original intricate 1850 pattern. The gardener will be on hand to answer questions. No pre-registration is required for the garden.

For the house tour participants must purchase tickets. (They sell out fast!)

Masks indoors and social distancing are required for groups not in the same "pod." 

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Stanley-Whitman House

Farmington, CT
Stanley-Whitman House will offer free guided tours of its Early Settlers, Hops, and Dooryard Gardens from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with no mask mandate. Free house tours will also be offered; masks and physical distancing are required of everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status.

The museum is featuring a new exhibit, Capitol America, installed throughout the history center, featuring twenty-four photographs of state capitol buidings by veteran photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein. 

The museum store is open, offering local arts and crafts and seasonal favorites like floral paintings by Catherine Michanczyk, local honey from Farmington's Jones Apiary, beeswax candles from Swift Farms and  more.

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Thankful Arnold House Museum

Haddam, CT
Visitors will learn how herbs, vegetables and plants were used by the Widow Thankful Arnold in the early 19th century. The Wilhelmina Ann Arnold Barnhart Memorial Garden features over 50 varieties of herbs including those used in cooking, dyeing, fragrance and medicine.

This year’s activity for both adults and children will be making a small hedgehog or mouse from teasel plants grown in the garden or making a lavender sachet. Light refreshments will also be served including our famous rhubarb tea.

Masks will be required when inside and recommended when on the grounds and in the garden. Social distancing strongly encouraged when on the grounds and in the garden.

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Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield, CT
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Amy Cogswell Garden will offer historical and garden lectures, self-guided garden tours with a handout highlighting "What's in Bloom," and garden volunteers will be on site to answer questions. No pre-registration required.

Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Non-vaccinated people are required to wear masks indoors and requested to wear them outdoors if in close proximity to others. 

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