Central Connecticut offers many ways to get back to nature, but none are as colorful as its gardens, which are blooming with history, entertainment, activities and – of course – flowers! Just as vibrant are the region’s farmers’ markets, farms and orchards, featuring locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, cheeses and more. Get outside and start discovering Connecticut’s bounty!
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BUTLER-McCOOK HOUSE & GARDEN
396 Main Street, Hartford CT 06103
Open for Tours May through December
May – September: Thursday – Sunday Noon–4 p.m.
October – December: Saturday & Sunday Noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy the historic and restored Victorian ornamental garden, originally laid out in 1865 by pioneer landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann.
Join us on Thursday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for “Cultural Cocktail Hours”. Free with a suggested $5 food & per beverage donation.
CONNECTICUT HISTORIC GARDENS DAY
Sunday June 28; Noon–4 p.m.
Enjoy this special state-wide celebration of Connecticut’s stunning historic gardens. Member sites host special events and activities celebrating their gardens. Choose the gardens in your own backyard or plan a daytrip to see those further afield. Programs and fees vary. Visit website for updated information.
ELIZABETH PARK ROSE GARDEN
1555 Asylum Street, West Hartford CT 06117
Rose Sunday: June 21, 10 a.m.
The Park is open dawn to dusk every day of the year. Admission is free.
The world famous rose garden is the oldest municipally operated rose garden in the country. It is a two and a half acre garden which has about 800 varieties of roses that amount to 15,000 plants.Visit the website for events and specialty tours throughout the season which include, Full Moon Tours, Perennial Garden Tours, Rose Garden History Tours, Wine &Roses Fundraiser and the Summer Concert Series.
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE CENTER
77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Open Year Round.
Monday–Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon–5:00 p.m.
June through August Garden Tour: This tour focuses on Stowe's love of gardens in addition to the Victorian's love affair with flowers. A walk through the gardens surrounding the Stowe house is included on the tour.
“Hartford Blooms” is a nine-day showcase not only of Hartford’s outstanding private gardens, but also its beautiful public gardens: Elizabeth Park, Cedar Hill Cemetery, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Butler-McCook House and Garden, and so many others.
The tours will take visitors into public gardens they never knew existed, to many more private gardens and, of course, to the sites of Hartford’s iconic architecture. One of this year's highlights will be the tour of the Colt complex, concluding with a climb up into the iconic blue onion dome, where visitors will have the opportunity to take in the 360-degree view of the city. Other points of interest include NINA's new Victorian home and garden, the Knox urban farm, "secret" gardens and special surprises. Each $12 Tour Book (includes shipping), admits the bearer to all tours.
HILL-STEAD MUSEUM’S MAY MARKET
35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032
May 8 & 9; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand to offer visitors beautiful hand-made arts and crafts, a fine selection of unique flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as antiques for home and garden. Visitors can also enjoy musicians and dancers, as well as delicious soup, sandwiches and treats courtesy of Tallulah’s catering.
Saturday features creative craft activities for children and a chance to visit with Hill-Stead’s own flock of sheep. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic, a popular annual feature located in Hill-Stead’s breezeway, to enjoy a large selection of donated or gently-used collectibles, linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry, and more. Advance tickets $12, children free. Tickets at Gate $15, children free. Admission tickets allow entry on both Friday and Saturday.
HURST FARM COUNTRY STORE & GREENHOUSES
746 East Street, Andover CT 06232
Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
36-acre farm with an old-fashioned country store with the farm’s own honey, maple, jams and jellies and more. All the farm’s products can be put into gift baskets. In the fall harvest hay rides, pumpkins, farm animals and gardens. Maple sugaring on premises in March.
PARDEE ROSE GARDEN
East Rock Park, 180 Park Road, Hamden, CT 06517
The Rose Garden, established in 1922, is two acres in size. The garden, containing an array of flowers from early spring until mid fall, features one of Connecticut's finest display of roses.
ROSES FOR AUTISM – PINCHBECK’S ROSE FARM
929 Boston Post Road, Guilford CT 06437
Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoy Connecticut-grown fresh cut roses that are grown under 1929 glass greenhouses year-round, grown under 1929 glass greenhouses. For upcoming events, visit www.rosesforautism.com or call ahead for greenhouse tours. Roses For Autism is a transitional vocational training program, for young adults on the autism spectrum.
SUNDIAL GARDENS & TEA SHOP
59 Hidden Lake Road, Higganum, CT 06441
Call for hours.
Formal gardens in a period setting. Tea Shop features an extensive selection of fine, loose teas from the major tea growing regions around the world.
THANKFUL ARNOLD HOUSE MUSEUM AND WILHELMINA ANN ARNOLD BARNHART MEMORIAL GARDEN
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam CT 06438
Wednesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday 2-8 p.m.
Friday Noon-3 p.m.
Summer Sundays 1-4 p.m.
The Thankful Arnold House garden features over 50 varieties of herbs from the early 1800s, including those used in cooking, dyeing, fragrance and medicine. A member of Connecticut’s Historic Gardens, the grounds are open to the public year-round with free admission. Suggested donation for a tour of the museum.
WALNUT HILL PARK ROSE GARDENS
184 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051
The Rose Garden showcases more than 850 roses ranging in variety, color and fragrance. It grows next to the site of the World War I monument in beloved Walnut Hill Park, a historic landmark designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Rose Garden Festival at Walnut Hill Park
Saturday June 6; 5-9 p.m. Rain date Sunday June 7; 4-7 p.m.
Come dine, drink and dance among the roses!
For more information or to purchase tickets call the New Britain Parks & Recreation Department at 860.826.3360.
WEBB-DEANE-STEVENS COLONIAL REVIVAL GARDEN
211 Main Street, Wethersfield CT 06109
Open daily except Tuesdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. & Sundays 1–4 p.m.
A beautiful Colonial Revival Garden is open to the public to enjoy throughout the year. It was designed by Amy Cogswell, one of the first female garden architects in the U.S. The garden is located behind the Webb House, a historic house made famous in part due to a visit by George Washington in 1781
1329 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040
Open April through October daily, 9:30 a.m.–Sunset.
Wickham Park is a non-profit, private foundation whose property extends into both Manchester and East Hartford, CT. The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities, and other attractions. Wickham Park's most unique feature is its many acres of ornamental gardens. There are six different themed gardens, ranging in size from one half to eight acres. Admission to the park is $4 per vehicle Monday through Friday; $5 weekends and holidays..
Spring Tree Tour: Saturday May 30; 9:30-11:00 a.m. Learn about the history and names of forty different species of common and exotic trees on a stroll through the Oriental and Lotus Gardens with an expert guide
Connecticut’s River Valley Garden Tour: Saturday June 20; 2-3:30 p.m.
BERLIN FARMERS’ MARKET
817 Farmington Avenue, Berlin, CT 06037
June - October; Saturdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
BETHANY FARMERS’ MARKET
711 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 06524
June - September; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
BLOOMFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Bloomfield Town Hall, 800 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002
July - October; Saturdays 9 a.m.- Noon.
209 Hillstown Road, Manchester, CT 06040
July 11, August 8, September 12 & October 10, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CHESTER SUNDAY MARKET
Main Street, Chester, CT 06412
June - October; Sundays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
COLLINSVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
Main Street (Town Hall Parking Lot), Collinsville, CT 06022
July 5 - October 25; Sundays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
CROMWELL FARMERS’ MARKET
Riverport Park @ Frisbee Landing1 River Road, Cromwell, CT 06416
June 12 - October 9; Fridays 4–7 p.m.
DURHAM FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Green, Durham, CT 06422
May - September; Thursdays 3-6 p.m.
EAST GRANBY FARMERS’ MARKET
E. Granby Public Library, 24 Center Street, East Granby, CT 06026
June 17 - September 2; Wednesdays 3-6 p.m.
EAST HARTFORD FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Green, 1047 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06108
July - October; Fridays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
EAST HARTFORD/RIVERSIDE FARMERS MARKET
Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06108
July - October; Tuesdays 3 - 6 p.m.
EAST HAVEN FARMER’S MARKET
East Haven Town Hall, 250 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512
July - October; Sundays 9 a.m. - Noon
ELLINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET
Arbor Park on Rt. 286/Main Street, Ellington, CT (next to Ellington Fire Dept.) 06029
May 9 - October 17; Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon
ENFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Historic Downtown Thompsonville Enfield, CT 06082
July 15 - October 14; Wednesdays 4 - 8 p.m.
ESSEX FARMERS’ MARKET
Main Street (on the Green), Essex, CT 06426
June - October; Fridays 3 - 6 p.m.
GRANBY FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmington Valley YMCA, 97 Salmon Brook Street, Granby CT 06035
June - September; Tuesdays 3 - 6 p.m.
GUILFORD FARMERS MARKET
Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Road, Guilford, CT 06473
June - October; Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
HAMDEN DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET
943 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
June–October; Mondays 4 - 8 p.m. AND
2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
June - October; Fridays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
HAMDEN SPRING GLEN FARMERS’ MARKET
Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
June - October; Tuesdays 3–6 p.m.
HARTFORD FARMERS’ MARKET
Visit website for locations
Billings Forge: June - October; Thursdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Capitol Ave: July - October; Mondays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Homestead Avenue: June - October; Wednesdays 3 - 6 p.m.
North End: June - October; Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Old State House: June - October; Tuesdays & Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Park Street: July - October; Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
West End: June - October; Tuesdays & Fridays 4 - 7 p.m.
HARTFORD REGIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET
860.527.5047 (M - F 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)/ct.gov/doag
101 Reserve Road, Hartford, CT 06114
Open Year Round; Saturdays & Sundays 4 - 10 a.m.
HIGGANUM VILLAGE MARKET FARMERS’ MARKET
Higganum Green, Intersection of Rts 81 & 154, Higganum, CT 06441
June - October; Fridays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
IVORYTON FARMERS MARKET
Ivoryton Village Green, Ivoryton, CT 06442
June 27 - October 10; Saturdays 10 am - 1:30 p.m.
MADISON FARMERS’ MARKET
Madison Historic Town Green, 26 Meeting House Road, Madison, CT 06443
May - October; Fridays 3 - 6 p.m.
MANCHESTER FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Parking Lot, Main & Forest Streets, Manchester, CT 06040
July - October; Saturdays 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MCC FARMERS’ MARKET
MCC Bicentennial Band Shell, Great Path, Manchester, CT 06040
June - October; Wednesdays 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
MERIDEN FARMERS’ MARKET
177 State Street, Meriden, CT 06450
July 11 - October 24; Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. - Noon
MIDDLETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET
South Green, Old Church Street, Middletown, CT 06457
July - October; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MIDDLETOWN NORTH END FARMERS’ MARKET
Liberty & Main Streets, Middletown, CT 06457 (in front of It’s Only Natural)
June - October; Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
MILFORD-DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
58 River Street, Milford, CT 06460
June - October; Saturdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
MILFORD – VILLAGE OF DEVON FARMERS’ MARKET
120 Bridgeport Avenue, Rt 1, Devon Village, Milford, CT 06460
July - October; Sundays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
NEW BRITAIN FARMERS’ MARKET
St. Ann’s Church, 109 North Street, New Britain, CT 06051
July - October; Mondays 2 - 4 p.m.
NEW HAVEN – CITY FARMERS’ MARKET
Visit website for locations:
Downtown: June 17 - October 28; Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgewood Park: May 3 - December 20; Sundays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fair Haven: July 9 - October 29; Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m.
The Hill: July 10 - October 30; Fridays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wooster Square: May 2 - December 19; Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
OLD SAYBROOK FARMERS’ MARKET
210 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
June - October; Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ORANGE FARMERS’ MARKET
254 Bull Hill Lane, Orange, CT 06477
July - September; Wednesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
PLAINVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062
June - September; Fridays 3 - 6 p.m.
SIMSBURY FARMERS’ MARKET
Simsmore Square, 540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
June - October; Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m.
SOUTH WINDSOR FARMERS’ MARKET
Community Center at 150 Nevers Road, South Windsor, CT 06074
June 20 - October 17; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SOUTHINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Green, Southington, CT 06479
July - October; Fridays 3 - 6 p.m.
SUFFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Suffield Town Green, Suffield, CT 06080
June - October; Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon.
TOLLAND FARMERS’ MARKET
Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084
May - November; Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon
UPPER STATE FARMERS’ MARKET
Mechanic Street & State Street, New Haven, CT 06511
June - October; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WALLINGFORD GARDENERS MARKET FARMERS’ MARKET
Railroad Station Green, Rtes 5 & 150; Wallingford, CT 06492
July - September; Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon
WEST HARTFORD FARMERS’ MARKET
LaSalle Road Public Parking Lot, West Hartford, CT 06107
May - December; Tuesdays & Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. & Thursdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WEST HAVEN FARMERS’ MARKET
West Haven Green, Corner of Campbell & Main, West Haven, CT 06516
July - October; Thursdays & Saturdays 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
WETHERSFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT 06109
May - October; Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m.
WINDSOR FARMERS’ MARKET
240 Broad Street, Windsor, CT 06460
June 25 - October; Thursdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
WOODMONT FARMERS’ MARKET, MILFORD
Robert Treat Farm, 1339 New Haven Avenue, Milford CT 06460
June-August; Wednesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
ORGANIC AND LOCALLY GROWN/MADE PRODUCE:
32 Leeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT 06455.
Lyman Orchards is the destination for family, food and fun! Visit the website for events throughout the year and while you’re there, visit the Apple Barrel Market. Our unique market has become known throughout Connecticut and beyond as a favorite destination for family fun and great food! The enticing aroma of fresh baked products fills our market all day long. Every day, fresh pies, apple cider donuts, muffins, cookies, breads, pastries, and more desserts are made in our Farm Kitchen Bakery.
MAPLE VIEW FARM
192 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT 06035
Open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Visit the farm store for locally grown meats and vegetables as well as other locally made products. The shop features their own grass fed beef, pasture raised eggs and pasture raised pork.
Main store and factory: 174 Hop River Road, Bolton, CT 06043
Many locations throughout CT. Visit website for details.
Founded in 1946. 3rd generation candy family and Connecticut’s largest retail chocolate manufacturer.
ROSE’S BERRY FARM
295 Matson Hill Road, South Glastonbury, CT 06073
SWEET PEA CHEESE FARM/HAYES DAIRY
151 East Street, North Granby, CT 06060
Open daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
We offer a variety of products we make from our goats milk, as well as our cows milk. Sweet Pea cheese is located on the Hayes family farm in North Granby, CT.
THE GARLIC FARM
76 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT 06090
Open daily July - October; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
80 South Vine Street, Meriden, CT 06451
Established in 1879, continues the tradition of making delicious foil wrapped chocolate specialties.
TSCHUDIN CHOCOLATES & CONFECTIONS
100 Riverview Center, Middletown CT 06457
Hand-made chocolates and confections. Tours & tastings available by appointment.
TULMEADOW FARM ICE CREAM
255 Farms Village Road, West Simsbury, CT 06092
Start scooping ice cream at the Farm Store, mid-April through October. However, ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream on-a-stick are for sale year-round.
URBAN OAKS ORGANIC FARM
207 Oak Street, New Britain, CT 06053
Farm stand open year round; Fridays 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
All certified organic, greenhouse and/or high tunnel grown late winner/early spring greens, hot peppers and assorted fresh herbs.
SUGAR SHACKS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
BROOKSVALE PARK SUGAR SHACK
524 Brooksvale Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
DURHAM SUGAR HOUSE
28R Burwell Newton Drive, Durham, CT 06422
HEBRON MAPLE FESTIVAL
The Maple Festival is held annually the second weekend in March throughout the Town of Hebron, Connecticut. Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy and experience the weekend of maple related events. The goal for this event is to bring families together and provide noncommercial, inexpensive enjoyment during a quiet time of year. Visit website for information.
HURST FARM SUGAR HOUSE
746 East Street, Andover, CT 06232
MAPLE GROVE FARM
3424 Durham Road, Guilford, CT 06437
NORTHWEST PARK SUGARHOUSE
145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 06095
RICK’S SUGAR SHACK
69 Collie Brook Road, East Hampton, CT 06424
89 Cedar Lake Road, North Branford CT 06471
WINDING BROOK SUGAR HOUSE
254 Skinner Lane, Hebron CT 06248
1287 Portland-Cobalt Road (Rt. 66), Portland, CT 06480
BISHOP’S ORCHARDS & WINERY
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
115 Cow Hill Road, Clinton, CT 06413
1339 Whirlwind Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
LOST ACRES VINEYARD
80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby, CT 06060
PARADISE HILLS VINEYARD
15 Windswept Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
ROSEDALE FARMS & VINEYARD
25 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
128 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525
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