This Sunday, June 23, three of our lush gardens will be open FREE for Connecticut Historic Gardens Day! Visit our properties in Suffield, Bethlehem, and Hartford to enjoy the seasonal blooms and learn more about the histories of our landscapes. Gardens will be open rain or shine from 12 noon-4 pm. House tours will be available where appropriate with regular admission.

This year, a painting of the Butler-McCook House & Garden was selected for the event’s poster. “Through the Rose Arch,” is a vibrant recreation of what a visitor to the garden would feel while standing under the rose arch, surrounded by the many beautiful plants that Connecticut has to offer. Artist Michelle Harwan states, “the image is a conglomeration of a photo from the Butler-McCook Facebook that I cropped and recomposed, as well as my own addition of what it would look like through the rose arch that is positioned in front of it but not in the photo.”

Michelle Hawran is a visual artist born, raised, and based in Windsor, Connecticut. Since graduating with a BFA from the University of Connecticut in 2016, Michelle splits her time between creating dizzyingly colorful paintings of her own family’s past, crafting meaningful commissions for her clients of their own family memories, and teaching all mediums of art to adults at the Windsor Art Center. She will be painting en plein air in the garden at Butler-McCook on Sunday.

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