Elizabeth Park
Elizabeth Park
4.5
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Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is best known for its magnificent rose garden, with 800 varieties of roses.
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Marcela M
Wakefield, MA226 contributions
May 2020
Just moved here from Boston in March. My boyfriend and I took a walk around the block and to our surprise we walked right into the park. 7 min walking distance from out house! Of course there was nothing to quite see yet but you could tell it was going to look beautiful in the spring. We walk down there at least 3xs a week. Its so big there is tons to see. They have a cute little cafe, which I assume they will not open until this COVID is over. We were recently there 2 weeks ago and some of the garden was blooming & some of the roses were about to bloom. I absolutely love it there.
Written June 2, 2020
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alawrencetraveller
Lawrence, KS70 contributions
Nov 2020
Can't wait to go back when the roses are in full bloom. I can't even imagine how beautiful it will be when all the arches have blooms on them. I loved visiting even when it was just the vines so I know I will love it even more in another season. The park is a beautiful walk all the way around the rose gardens. Highly recommend for a nice walk outdoors or sitting on a bench near the water.
Written November 17, 2020
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,059 contributions
Jun 2021
We stopped here today for lunch. After parking on the north side, we walked downhill ~1/4 mile, passing the pond with fountains and geese to the center feature, the large circular rose garden.
What a perfect place to picnic, sitting in one of the shaded benches watching the visitors taking photos with kids and dogs in tow.
Written June 24, 2021
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Dan
Enfield, CT77 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Elizabeth Park is famous for the Helen S. Kaman Rose Garden, but my absolute favorite is the dahlia display near the greenhouse in the fall. They are HUGE and beautiful. There are several gardens: The Kaman Rose Garden, The tulip garden, the perennial garden, heritage rose garden, herb garden, dahlia garden, iris garden, medicine garden and hosta garden. It's a great place for a leisurely picnic or a brisk walk around the paved walkways. There is the Pond House Cafe for food and events, but I personally haven't had good experiences there.
Written July 13, 2022
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Table42
Clifton Park, NY331 contributions
Jun 2023
Finally got to visit when the roses were in bloom (June 2nd) and were thrilled with the variety, size (2.5 acres) and landscape of the Helen S Kaman Rose Garden. It was modestly attended on a Friday afternoon, which made for a pleasant visit. Elizabeth Park is much more than the rose garden, so its always worth a visit to take a walk in a beautiful environment.
Written June 17, 2023
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Madalyn L
Oviedo, FL10 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Absolutely beautiful! Magnificent rose and other floral gardens. Interesting tree specimens and an old stone bridge by the pond. Enjoyed a wonderful, delicious lunch at the outdoor cafe. The most beautiful garden’s I’ve ever seen.
Written January 19, 2021
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fewarechosen
Nashville, TN46 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice park with a wide variety of roses, well maintained paths, and ample parking. Visitors center has bathrooms and a gift shop. Good for sightseeing and walking the dog. Glad we stopped on our way through Hartford. Parking and admission are free.
Written October 20, 2023
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MikeEcsedy
Brookfield, CT141 contributions
Jun 2020
We went in late June for the roses. This was the most extensive area covered with roses I've ever seen, more than at any botanical garden! They say it's the third largest rose garden in the country. The garden is aesthetically well designed as far as symmetry and colors. There are other beautiful gardens as well (e.g., rock garden)
Written June 23, 2020
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gwennz2018
West Hartford, CT17 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
I used to love to go to Elizabeth Park. The flower gardens were spectacular. I have learned that the conservancy let go of some of it's extremely knowledgeable and dedicated staff that used to run the place and plan out the gardens. They were super nice people that would take the time to answer questions and the woman Andrea knew tons of information about the history of the place. I can see the loss reflected in the gardens spaces this year. Sad. Sometimes stupid management doesn't know a good things when they have it. Very disappointed. Also be careful after dark!
Written August 6, 2018
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kzsull01
Windsor, CT365 contributions
Jun 2021
My husband and I visited the Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park, currently named the Helen S. Kaman Rose Garden, on the morning of Tuesday June 22, 2021. It is definitely a great place to enjoy nature and outdoor beauty. The roses were in full bloom and spectacular this time of year! There are many different types of beautiful rose bushes and arches laid out in nicely designed ornamental flowerbeds across multiple rows. Currently the garden includes over 2.5 acres with over 15,000 bushes and over 800 varieties of roses in many different vibrant colors having exquisite fragrances. There were plenty of opportunities to take some rather impressive pictures during our visit.

There were many people at the park for a Tuesday morning about 10:15 AM with rain on its way. We parked along the road next to the Pond House Cafe with only one remaining space available. The large parking lot next to the Garmany Visitor Center was full. Based on this, I would expect to see many people on the weekend, with only limited parking available. There is no admittance fee into the park, gardens or Visitor Center. Parking is also free.

In addition to the parking lot mentioned above, there is another parking lot in the park near the Picnic Area and Western Loop and parking is available along the roads, when allowed. Picnicking is permitted in designated areas but no grills are allowed. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis or you could bring a blanket. Dogs on a leash are also allowed and it is a great place to walk a dog.

History of the Park and Rose Garden:

Elizabeth Park was opened in 1897 and the Rose Garden in 1904, having historical significance being currently the oldest municipal rose garden in the country as well as the third largest. In 1983 the garden was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The park and rose garden are located on what was formally an estate owned by Charles and Elizabeth Pond called Prospect Hill Farm where they built a grand Second-Empire-Style mansion on Prospect Avenue in 1870 that was demolished in 1956.

The design of the garden is formal from the Victorian era. When the garden opened in 1904 it was in the shape of a square with a vine covered gazebo in the center. A semi-circular section was added to the south end in 1912 and to the north end in 1937. Fortunately the beautiful rose garden was saved from being totally demolished in 1977 by the Friends of Elizabeth Park, currently named the Elizabeth Park Conservancy.

The Garmany Visitor Center:

The park includes the Garmany Visitor Center which has been nicely restored and opened in 2020, and was formerly the Comfort Station built by the Works Program Administration (WPA) in 1940. The Visitor Center, which is open May 1st – October 1st, includes a very nice gift shop featuring art from local area artists and restrooms. The staff member working at the Visitor Center at the time of our visit was very friendly, polite and helpful. There are also pictures of the rose garden and documentation/brochures available depicting the history of the park and rose garden as well as a nice map of the park at the Visitor Center. We got the following brochures from the Visitor Center and found them to be quite helpful, providing great background information:

• ‘From Estate to Public Park: Elizabeth Park’s History & Significance’, Provided by the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and includes a nice milestone timeline of important events applicable to the park,
• ‘.Elizabeth Park: Map and Visitor Guide: Helen S. Kaman Rose Garden, Kim Arboretum’ Provided .by the Elizabeth Park Conservancy, and
• ‘Helen S. Kaman: First President of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy’, Provided by the Elizabeth Park Conservancy.

Other Gardens in Elizabeth Park:

Along with the background information on the park and rose garden, the documentation described the various other gardens in Elizabeth Park. Opposite the Helen S. Kaman Rose Garden there are four more gardens that connect through pathways and entrances, that are also beautiful and are nice to take photographs of. These include:

• The Heritage Rose Garden
• The Julian and Edith Eddy Rock Garden
• The Perennial Garden
• Robert A. Prill Tulip-Annual Garden

In addition, there is the Charlie Ortiz Hosta Garden located by the Pond as well as multiple horticultural gardens and a medicine garden. There is also the Kim Arboretum with native and unique trees, some even planted by Charles Pond.

The Pond House Café:

One of our favorite restaurants, the Pond House Café, which is open for dining and banquets, including weddings, is also located in the Park. We hope that the Pond House Café extends its hours that it is currently open very soon. We have always enjoyed the restaurant and hope that we could continue to.

More Information:

In addition, the park has tennis courts, baseball fields. lawn bowling, basketball courts and a playscape..
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To plan an event in the park you need to contact the City of Hartford for a reservation, a permit and associated fees.

This is definitely a very nice park to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful gardens, including the spectacular roses, with the added bonus of it being free. This park has a lot to offer and that is why I have rated it with an excellent rating.  
Written June 28, 2021
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