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Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day

June 27, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the beautiful and historic gardens around the state.

Hill-Stead welcomes visitors to enjoy the gardens and grounds at their leisure but will not hold any special tours or talks this year due to COVID-19.

On CT’s Historic Gardens Day, Hill-Stead joins Connecticut’s Historic Gardens and invites you to enjoy our beloved gardens showcasing the beauty of nature and its continually restorative gifts. Hill-Stead enjoys this special statewide celebration of Connecticut’s stunning historic gardens as a proud member of the group. Please adhere to proper social distancing measures as outlined here (kindly stay six feet from others, and wear a mask).

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Hill-Stead Museum’s expansive 152-acre property includes the formal Beatrix Farrand-designed historic Sunken Garden, which celebrates its 33rd anniversary on June 21, and an innovative Pollinator Garden. Hill-Stead’s latest garden provides shelter and food to support pollinators. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, providing diverse habitats and food sources. Each garden is significant, the first for its rich history, the newest to preserve the future. Hill-Stead’s Garden Gang, an active group of volunteers led by several Master Gardeners will be in the Sunken and Pollinator Gardens that day to provide details about these stunning gardens and tips & tricks to garden at home.

Visitors will be delighted by a riot of color, including heirloom roses, bright peonies the size of snowballs, and fragrant lavender all in bloom at this time of year. While at Hill-Stead, discover the charms of the 1901 estate and its farm complex surrounded by centuries-old woodland trails with hilltop views and magnificent meadows teeming with wildflowers. While on campus, please visit our amazing sheep, who are now caring for our fields.

Our grounds and garden remain open every day from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm for all to enjoy.

Free to all


Connecticut is home to many beautiful and unique gardens both public and private. Fifteen historic gardens dotted throughout the state have joined to form Connecticut’s Historic Gardens. These delightful places offer visitors an opportunity to explore a variety of garden styles and time periods.

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