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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35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032
May 9 & 10: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoy Hill-Stead Museum's lush grounds and historic setting as you browse over 75 exhibitors with unique crafts, perennial and annual plants and flowers, and antiques for home and garden. Additional activities include fascinating lectures by well-known authors and gardening demonstrations, usually presented by Master Gardeners. Treasure hunters will want to arrive early to be the first to view Theodate’s Attic—a large selection of antiques, linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, and other unique items for sale. Saturday fun for families includes creative craft projects for children of all ages, musical entertainment, and Hill-Stead’s own visiting flock of baby sheep. To round out the event, Monet’s Café and Bakery provides seated dining for visitors, offering delicious soups, sandwiches, salads and sweet treats. General admission: $12; advance purchase $10; museum members $8; children 12 and under, free. Additional fees may apply to special lectures. For more information, contact Becky Trutter at (860) 677-4787 ext. 132 or email@example.com.
CONNECTICUT LANDMARKS GARDEN GALA
Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Thurs., June 5: 5:30–9 p.m.
Come celebrate the opening of the newly removed Amos Bull House & Community Education Center. RSVP by Tuesday, May 27 to Jamie-Lynn Fontaine at 860.247.8996 x 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Hartford Blooms” now celebrating its 20th anniversary, continues to thrive as an on-going beautification project that includes flowering pots in neighborhoods and throughout the downtown area.
The Hartford Blooms Garden Tour is a nine-day showcase of Hartford’s spectacular gardens and historic architecture. On opening weekend, tours start at the world-famous Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. From there, it’s on to the Hartford Public Library, where nationally acclaimed speakers will set the tone for the carefully constructed, self-guided walking tours scheduled over the following week.
The weekday tours will include private and public gardens. The tour will conclude with a complimentary reception at Hartford’s Butler-McCook House and Garden, where visitors will peruse the iconic homestead, enjoy refreshments, and experience live music and “en plein air” artists at work.
The final weekend will focus on Hartford’s unique architecture and expansive public gardens. Visit website for tour information. Each $10 Tour Book admits the bearer to all activities, lectures and tours over the nine days.
11th ANNUAL CONNECTICUT HISTORIC GARDENS DAY
Sun. June 22: Noon–4 p.m.
View one or several of fourteen historic gardens across Connecticut. Each site offers special activities emphasizing their site. Programs and fees vary. Visit website for updated information.
Visit each venue’s website for complete event and tour details.
ELIZABETH PARK ROSE GARDEN
1561 Asylum Street, West Hartford, CT 06117
Rose Sunday on June 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.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 with about 800 varieties of roses that amount to 15,000 plants. Visit website for information on events and specialty tours throughout the season which include, Full Moon Tours, Perennial Garden Tours, Rose Garden History Tours and the Wine & Roses Fundraiser.
BUTLER-McCOOK HOUSE & GARDEN
396 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Open for tours Apr. 1–Dec. 31
April: Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
May–Sept.: Thurs.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct.–Dec.: Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy the historic and restored Victorian ornamental garden, originally laid out in 1865 by pioneer landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann.
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE CENTER
77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Mon.–Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sun. Noon–5:00 p.m.
June through August, the Garden Tour focuses on Stowe's love of gardens, as well as the Victorian's love affair with flowers. A walk through the gardens surrounding the Stowe house is included on the tour.
THANKFUL ARNOLD HOUSE MUSEUM &
WILHELMINA ANN ARNOLD BARNHART MEMORIAL GARDEN
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT 06438
Wed. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thurs. 2-8 p.m.
Fri. Noon-3 p.m.
Summer Sundays 1-4 p.m.
The Thankful Arnold House garden features more than 50 varieties of herbs 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.
1329 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040
Open Apr. through Oct.: Daily 9:30 a.m.–Sunset
Wickham Park is a non-profit, private foundation with property extending into both Manchester and East Hartford. The 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. On June 20–22, Wickham Park will present Connecticut’s River Valley Historical Garden Tour from 2–3:30 p.m.
HURST FARM COUNTRY STORE & GREENHOUSES
746 East Street, Andover, CT 06232
Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
This 36-acre farm includes an old-fashioned country store featuring the farm’s own honey, maple, jams and jellies and more. All of the farm’s products can be put into customized gift baskets. In the fall, enjoy harvest hayrides, pumpkins, farm animals and gardens. Maple sugaring on premise 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 displays of roses.
ROSES FOR AUTISM – PINCHBECK’S ROSE FARM
929 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
Open Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoy Connecticut-grown, fresh-cut roses year-round, grown under 1929 glass greenhouses. For upcoming events, visit the website 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
Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Explore formal gardens in a period setting. The tea shop features an extensive selection of fine, loose teas from the major tea-growing regions of the world.
WALNUT HILL PARK ROSE GARDENS
55 Grand 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 the beloved Walnut Hill Park, a historic landmark designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
WEBB-DEANE-STEVENS COLONIAL REVIVAL GARDEN
211 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109
Open daily (except Tues.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. 1-4 p.m.
This 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.
BETHANY FARMERS’ MARKET
711 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 06524
Open June–Oct.: Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
BLOOMFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Bloomfield Town Hall, 800 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Open July–Oct.: Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
COLLINSVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
Main Street (Town Hall Parking Lot), Collinsville, CT 06022
Open June 8–Oct.19: Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
CROMWELL FARMERS’ MARKET
52 Missionary Road, Cromwell, CT 06416
June 5–Sept. 25: Wed. 2–5 p.m.
DURHAM FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Green, Durham, CT 06422
Open May-Sept.: Thurs. 3-6 p.m.
EAST GRANBY FARMERS’ MARKET
3 Turkey Hills Road, East Granby, CT 06026
Open June 18–Oct.1: Wed. 3-6 p.m.
EAST HADDAM FARMERS’ MARKET
Ballek’s Garden Center, 90 Maple Avenue, East Haddam, CT 06423
June–Oct.: Open every Wed. 4–7 p.m.
EAST HARTFORD FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Green, 1047 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06108
July–Oct.: Fri. 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
EAST HARTFORD/RIVERSIDE FARMERS MARKET
Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06108
July–Oct.: Tues. 3–6 p.m.
EAST HAVEN FARMER’S MARKET
East Haven Town Hall, 250 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512
Open July-Oct.: Sun. 9 a.m.-Noon
ELLINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET
Arbor Park on Rt. 286/Main Street, Ellington, CT 06029 (next to Ellington Fire Dept.)
Open May 10–Oct. 18: Sat. 9 a.m.–Noon
ENFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Enfield Town Green, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082
Open June–Oct.: Wed. 3–6 p.m.
ESSEX FARMERS’ MARKET
Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
Open June–Oct.: Fri. 3–6 p.m.
GRANBY FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmington Valley YMCA, 97 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT 06035
Open June 24–Sept. 9: Tues. 3–6 p.m.
GUILFORD FARMERS MARKET
Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Road, Guilford, CT 06473
June–Oct.: Sat. 9 a.m.–Noon
HAMDEN – DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET
Miller Library Lower Parking Lot; 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
Open June-Oct.: Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
HAMDEN – SPRING GLEN FARMERS’ MARKET
Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
Open June–Oct.: Tues. 3–6 p.m.
HARTFORD FARMERS’ MARKET
Visit website for addresses:
Billings Forge: Open June–Oct.: Thurs. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Capitol Ave: Open July–Oct.: Mon. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Homestead Avenue: Open June–Oct.: Wed. 3–6 p.m.
North End: Open June–Oct.: Wed. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Old State House: Open June 17–Oct. 31: Tues. & Fri. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Park Street: Open July–Oct.: Mon. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
West End: Open June-Oct.: Tues. & Fri. 4-7 p.m.
HARTFORD REGIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET
860.527.5047 (M-F 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
101 Reserve Road, Hartford, CT 06114
Open spring to mid-fall: Sat. & Sun. 4-10 a.m.
HIGGANUM VILLAGE MARKET FARMERS’ MARKET
Higganum Green, Intersection of Rte 81 & 154, Higganum, CT 06441
Open June–Oct.: Fri. 3:30–6:30 p.m.
IVORYTON FARMERS MARKET
Ivoryton Village Green, Ivoryton, CT 06442
June 21–October 11; Saturdays 10 am–1:30 p.m.
MADISON FARMERS’ MARKET
Madison Historic Town Green, 26 Meeting House Road, Madison, CT 06443
Open May-Oct.: Fri. 3-6 p.m.
MANCHESTER FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Parking Lot, Main & Forest Streets, Manchester, CT 06040
Open July–Oct.: Sat. 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FARMERS' MARKET
Great Path, Manchester, CT 06040
Open June–Oct.: Wed. 1–4 p.m.
MERIDEN FARMERS’ MARKET
Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. – located at 44 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450
Thurs. 3–6 p.m. – located at the commuter lot at Midstate Medical Center, Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT 064501
MIDDLETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET
South Green, Old Church Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Open July–Oct.: Tues. & Thurs. 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
MIDDLETOWN NORTH END FARMERS’ MARKET
575 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 (in front of It’s Only Natural)
Open July–Oct.: Fri. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
MILFORD – VILLAGE OF DEVON FARMERS’ MARKET
120 Bridgeport Avenue, Route 1, Devon Village, Milford, CT 06460
Open July–Oct.: Sun. 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
NEW BRITAIN FARMERS’ MARKET
St. Ann’s Church, 109 North Street, New Britain, CT 06051
Open July–Oct.: Mon. 2–4 p.m.
NEW HAVEN - CITY SEED FARMERS' MARKET
Visit website for addresses.
Downtown: Open June–Nov.: Wed. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Edgewood Park: Open May-Dec.: Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fair Haven: Open July–Oct.: Thurs. 2:30–5:30 p.m.
The Hill: Open July–Oct.: Fri. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Wooster Square: Open May-Dec.: Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
OLD SAYBROOK FARMERS’ MARKET
210 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Open June–Oct.: Wed. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
ORANGE FARMERS' MARKET
254 Bull Hill Lane, Orange, CT 06477
Open July–Sept.: Wed. 3:30–6:30 p.m.
PLAINVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062
Open June 28–Sept. 13: Fri. 3–6 p.m.
SIMSBURY FARMERS’ MARKET
Simsmore Square, 540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
Open June-Oct.: Thurs. 3-6 p.m.
SOUTH WINDSOR FARMERS’ MARKET
Community Center, 150 Nevers Road, South Windsor, CT 06074
Open June 21–Oct. 19: Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
SOUTHINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET
Town Green, Southington, CT 06479
Open May-Oct.: Fri. 3–6 p.m.
SUFFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Suffield Town Green, Suffield, CT 06080
Open June–Oct.: Sat. 9 a.m.–Noon
TOLLAND FARMERS’ MARKET
Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084
Open May–Nov.: Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon
UPPER STATE FARMERS MARKET
Mechanic Street & State Street, New Haven, CT 06511
June–Oct.: Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
WALLINGFORD GARDENERS MARKET FARMERS’ MARKET
Railroad Station Green, Routes 5 & 150, Wallingford, CT 06492
Open July 12–Sept. 13: Sat. 9 a.m.–Noon
WEST HARTFORD FARMERS’ MARKET
Public Parking Lot, Intersection of Arapahoe & LaSalle Roads, West Hartford, CT 06107
Open May–Dec.: Tues. & Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
WEST HAVEN FARMERS’ MARKET
West Haven Green, Corner of Campbell & Main, West Haven, CT 06516
Open July–Oct.: Thurs. & Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
WETHERSFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET
Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT 06109
Open May–Oct.: Thurs. 3–6 p.m.
WINDSOR FARMERS’ MARKET
Corner of Maple Avenue & Broad Street, Windsor, CT 06095
Open June–Oct.: Thurs. 3:30–6:30 p.m.
WOODMONT FARMERS’ MARKET, MILFORD
Robert Treat Farm, 1339 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
Open July–Sept.: Wed. 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Organic and Locally Grown/Made Produce:
Located at the Junction of routes 147 & 157 in Middlefield, CT 06455
MAPLE VIEW FARM
198R 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, this third-generation business is Connecticut’s largest retail chocolate manufacturer.
ROSE'S BERRY FARM
295 Matson Hill Road, Glastonbury, CT 06073
SWEET PEA CHEESE FARM/HAYES DAIRY
151 East Street, North Granby, CT 06060
Open daily 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
This farm offers a variety of products, including the farm’s goat and cow milk.
THE GARLIC FARM
76 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT 06090
Open daily July–Oct.: 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
Scoop ice cream at the farm store mid-April through October. Ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream on a stick are available year-round.
URBAN OAKS ORGANIC FARM
225 Oak Street, New Britain, CT 06051
Farm stand open year round: Fri. 2-6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
All certified organic, greenhouse and/or high tunnel grown late winter/early spring greens, hot peppers and assorted fish herbs.
Also visit ctmaple.org
ARLOW'S SUGAR SHACK
101 Bushy Hill Road, Granby, CT 06035
BROOKSVALE PARK SUGAR SHACK
524 Brooksvale Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
DURHAM SUGAR HOUSE
28R Burwell Newton Drive, Durham, CT 06422
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
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