Our team of Master Gardeners and Garden Volunteers will be on-site to answer questions about the plants in and history of our historic gardens.
Access to the Museum Center and gardens will be FREE from 12-4PM.
Guided tours of the Mark Twain House are available with regular admission– please see our website for admission fees and to book your tour. Advance reservations for house tours recommended. Clemens family coachman “Patrick McAleer” will be guiding our Living History Tours at 11am and 1pm and then mingling with visitors in our gardens from 2:30-4:00pm.
Bring your CT’s Historic Gardens brochure (or pick one up at any of the member gardens), have it initialed at three locations, and you’ll receive a free packet of garden-themed notecards at your third location (while supplies last).
Connecticut’s Historic Gardens (CHG) is a group of 16 distinctive historic sites and gardens dotted throughout the state offering visitors an opportunity to explore a variety of garden styles and time periods. Each year on the fourth Sunday in June the sites are open to the public to enjoy their beauty and history and to foster an appreciation for these unique and special Connecticut landmarks. Visitors can learn about gardens ranging from colonial-period herb gardens to elaborate Colonial Revival-era gardens and enjoy a lovely afternoon in a variety of historic settings. Each site has something special to offer the entire family. CHG cultivates a passion for the diversity of historic gardens at distinctive historic homes in Connecticut. By partnering through shared marketing initiatives, CHG brings greater recognition and visitation to member sites, offering visitors experiences rich in beauty and history, and fostering learning.
The group consists of 16 sites throughout the state: Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem; Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford; Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme; Glebe House Museum & The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury; Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford; Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford; Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington; The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford; Osborne Homestead Museum & Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby; Phelps-Hatheway House & Gardens, Suffield; Promisek at Three Rivers Farm, Bridgewater; Roseland Cottage, Woodstock; Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, Thankful Arnold House Museum, Haddam; Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield; and Weir Farm National Historic Park, Wilton.
See the Connecticut Historic Gardens website for information about the group and other site-specific activities.