Visit Hill-Stead Museum as part of a Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, a special statewide celebration of Connecticut’s stunning historic gardens.
Visitors to Hill-Stead’s famous Sunken Garden will encounter a living example of landscape architect Beatrix Farrand’s creative vision for one family’s estate. Built in a natural depression in the landscape, the garden occupies nearly an acre of perennials, annuals and shrubs nestled in thirty-six beds in the original site of the Pope family’s garden.
- Enjoy informal garden tours of the Sunken Garden and the Pollinator Garden, newly planted in the stone foundation of an historic greenhouse.
- Learn about pollinator-friendly plants in both gardens.
- Enjoy refreshments in the garden on a Sunday afternoon.
- Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds, or perhaps take a slightly longer walk to see the flock of sheep at Hill-Stead’s barns.
- Young gardeners can enjoy a scavenger hunt and other activities to acquaint them with the gardens.
The museum is open for tours from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A special exhibition, “Diamonds in the Rough: Golfing at Hill-Stead” will be on view for museum visitors as well.
Free with Museum membership or admission.