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Best Gardens to Visit in New England

Feb 5, 2008  I am a life long gardener who gets so much inspiration from visiting gardens or going to flower shows. I hope to add gardens to visit in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Favorite gardens, greenhouses, flower shows to visit in New England.

  • 1. Tower Hill Botanic Garden
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts

    Tower Hill Botanical Garden contains 132 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland trails and an indoor Orangerie (French Victorian Style Greenhouse). A great place to see trees, shrubs plants in garden setting to get ideas for your own garden. In spring time there are thousands of daffodils planted in the fields. In summer the garden is alive with perennials. Fall is great to see ornamental grasses and foliage/berries on trees. In winter you can visit the Orangerie seeing the tropical plants and the decorated Christmas trees during the "Holly Days" event.

  • 2. New England Wild Flower Society Garden in the Woods
    New England Wild Flower Society Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts

    Extensive native gardens and walking trails including 1500 native plant species and cultivars many endangered. Usually a special exhibit is held in the garden each year. In spring time near Mother's Day see many spring flowers and flowering trees and shurbs in bloom like native azaleas and rhododendrens. In summer see the interesting perennials, pitcher plants, etc. In fall it is a great time to see the fall foliage colors around the lily pond. Something different spring, summer and fall.

  • 3. Lyman Estate Greenhouses
    Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Massachusetts

    Maintained by Historic New England these antique greenhouses are some of the oldest in the country. In February, visit the greenhouses to see the facinating camellias in bloom. Also in winter see tropical plants, orchids, citrus, etc. in bloom. In spring time there is a large well designed mixed perennial border that runs along the brick wall extending outside the back of the greenhouse behind the Lyman House. The greenhouse holds several plant sales through the growing season: herbs, perennials, orchids, hostas. Check the web site for plant sale details.

  • 4. New England Flower Show - March
    http://www.masshort.org/

    One of the oldest flower shows in the US featuring large, professional designed landscapes, judged flower arrangements, house plants exhibited by garden clubs, kids plants, etc. Usually held at the Bayside Expo center in Boston the second week of March over a 10 day period (two weekends).

  • 5. Rhode Island Flower Show - February
    http://www.flowershow.com

    A smaller, regional flower show held in downtown Providence with excellent lectures and demos. There are fewer professionally designed landscapes than bigger shows but the quality is quite good. This show is usually held the 3rd weekend in Feb from Thursday to Sunday. Walking distance to downtown Providence and some great restaurants.

  • 6. Stevens Coolidge Place - Andover, Massachusetts
    http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/366_stevens_coolidge_place.cfm

    Beautiful perennial beds to tour! The garden tour is free but there is a charge to tour the mansion. I often see the 'gardener' tending to the garden!

  • 7. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
    Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, Rhode Island

    Fabulous gardens and mansion to visit right on Narragansett Bay. Lovely setting. In April there is the Daffodil Days event where thousands of daffodils bloom over a 3 week period. In spring, summer and fall there are extensive gardens on site to visit. At Christmas time the mansion is decorated and fun to visit.

  • 8. Newport RI Mansions and Gardens
    http://www.newportmansions.org/

    Many of the Newport mansions feature gardens on the properties. Be sure to visit the colonial garden behind Hunter House and the gardens at The Elms.

  • 9. Green Animals Topiary Gardens
    Green Animals Topiary Gardens, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

    Facinating collection of topiary bushes clipped into whimiscal animal shapes. Located in Portsmouth, RI. Gardens also showcase annuals, perennials in season and a vegetable garden.

  • 10. Webb Deane Stevens Museum
    Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, Connecticut

    Behind this group of three historical houses is a restored colonial garden based on found plans of the original garden. Just lovely to visit in late summer time.

  • 11. Logees Greenhouses - Danielson, Connecticut
    http://www.logees.com/Aboutus.asp

    Open and free to the public, Logees Greenhouses have many hard to find tropical plants, orchids, house plants, etc. You can tour the greenhouses and buy plants on site to take home. Great to visit in the winter months when the weather is bad in New England. Also winter is when many of the tropical plants flower so another reason to visit!

  • 12. Heritage Museums & Gardens
    Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, Cape Cod

    Garden after garden full of summer blooming annuals and perennials especially daylily cultivars. Many of the daylilies are labeled so you can find out what the cultivar is. To see the daylilies and perennials in full bloom visit in July/August. There are also many rhododendrens and azaleas on the property so I imagine a visit earlier in the season would be nice too. Many of the trees and shrubs are also labeled for easy identification. There are also several museums to visit on the property (one for antique cars, heritage museum, etc.) worth a visit and fun for kids too!

  • 13. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

    Beautiful garden up in Boothbay, Maine. If in the area, definitely visit this garden. Lots of interesting gardens. Be sure not to miss the Rhododendrens garden even other times in the year when they are not in bloom. There is a dramatic water feature there. Also the woodland trails on the property are fun.