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On Historic Gardens Day, sixteen historic gardens around the state welcome you to explore a variety of beautiful garden styles from different periods. Enjoy free admission to visit the gardens of three participating Connecticut Landmarks sites! Advance reservation for house tours via the link below for each property. Gardens will be open rain or shine.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden  

Roam the beautiful, landscaped areas of our 10-acre property. Marvel at Eliza’s breathtaking parterre garden, which dates to 1915, lovingly maintained and cared for, first by her daughter Caroline Woolsey Ferriday and now by staff with aid of the Watertown Garden Club. Our staff will be on hand to answer questions.   

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Butler-McCook House & Garden 

Tour our historic Jacob Weidenmann-designed garden, installed by Eliza Butler McCook and her sister Mary Sheldon in 1865. This year we also celebrate the Hartford roots of renowned landscape architect and native son, Frederick Law Olmsted, born in the neighborhood of the Butler-McCook House, through the presentation of two exhibits to celebrate Olmsted200.

An outdoor exhibit, distributed by the National Association for Olmsted Parks, was curated by Dr. Caroline Mesrobian Hickman of the University of Maryland in conjunction with the Oak Spring Garden Foundation and summarizes highlights in the history of American landscape architecture, as well as the evolution of American municipal, state and national park systems.

A second exhibit, on view in our Main Street History Center, was arranged by Barbara Yeager, with support from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and features unique Connecticut landscapes designed by Olmsted.

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Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden  

The grounds of this 18th-century home on Suffield’s historic Main Street feature a formal parterre garden designed by landscape architect Mary Wells Edwards, a large herb bed, and scattered flowering shrubs. Members of the Suffield Garden Club, who carefully maintain the garden today, will be onhand to answer questions relating to the history of the garden and to its inventory.   

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