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Travelers and Garden Enthusiasts to Enjoy the Sights and Fragrances of Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT, February 19, 2004 - Although winter is in full force in Connecticut, the state's famous array of colorful plants and flowers will spring to life along with a multitude of garden events for those interested in experiencing nature's blossoming vignettes. A sample of garden activities and spots to enjoy the state's uncommon beauty this spring and summer include:

  • Beardsley Zoo's Wildflower Safari, Bridgeport, CT
    As the state's only zoo, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is offering a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy a garden event together with the Wildflower Safari. Families will have a chance to tour the Zoo's Sensory Garden, Victorian Greenhouse exhibits, and beautifully landscaped grounds, which recently received $200,000 in new plantings. The Wildflower Safari Day will also feature crafts for children and other flower-related activities.
    The Wildflower Safari will take place on June 6 from noon- 3p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children (ages three to 11) and seniors (62 and older), and free for children under the age of three. For more information, call (203) 394-6565 or visit www.beardsleyzoo.org.
  • Daffodil Festival, Meriden, CT
    A colorful sea of more than a half a million daffodils will blanket 1,800 acres of Hubbard Park, and festival revelers will not only enjoy the sights and fragrance of 61 varieties of daffodils, but will also enjoy arts and crafts, music, fireworks, amusement rides and children's entertainment.
    Located at Hubbard Park, the Daffodil Festival will take place on Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, April 25. Admission and parking is free. For more information, contact (203) 630-4259 or visit www.daffodilfest.com.
  • Lyme Garden Tour, Lyme, CT
    With the first blush of summer, and set amidst the shorelines of Lyme, visitors can enjoy a tour of private home gardens in the area. Now in its eighth year, the proceeds from the garden tour will be given to the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. Tour includes a stop at a charming garden boutique and box lunches are available upon request.
    The tours will be held on June 18 and June 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact (860) 442-2797, ext. 923 or visit www.childandfamily.com.

Travelers and garden lovers won't need an event to check out some of these breathtaking Connecticut gardens:

  • Sundial Garden, Higganum, CT
    Recently featured in the Gardener's Palette, the formal gardens of the Sundial Gardens include a 17th century style knot garden, a topiary garden with a beautiful fountain and an herb shop. In June, visitors can enjoy the climbing roses on the arched trellis or take pleasure in a pear arbor and an old dogwood in early spring along with several sundials dispersed through the gardens. Afternoon tea is served on most Sundays, and tea tastings are available. For more information, contact (860) 345-4290 or visit www.sundialgardens.com.
  • Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, Hartford, CT
    Encompassing 102 acres, this breathtaking garden contains more than 750 varieties of roses and 15,000 plants. During late June to early July, visitors can enjoy the roses as they are in full bloom; however, the garden provides continuous colors beginning late spring through early fall. During the summer, lawn bowling is a popular activity among visitors. Other gardens to enjoy at the park include an herb garden, perennial garden, rock garden and an annual garden. For more information, contact (860) 722-6541, or visit www.elizabethpark.org.
  • Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, CT
    Originally designed by Amy Cogswell in 1921, the recreated Webb House Colonial Revival Garden features "old fashion" flowers including 40 antique roses, hollyhocks, larkspurs, phlox and peonies. The garden is in bloom cycle beginning late spring through early fall. The museum is also located just down the street from Comstock Ferre, America's oldest seed company. For more information, contact (860) 529-0612.

For more information, please call 1-800-CT BOUND (1-800-282-6863) or www.ctbound.org.


Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us


The Ghosts of History

  1. Start this getaway in Hartford at the Old State House, 800 Main Street. It's the oldest state house in America, built in 1796, where you can see a reenactment of the first Amistad trial of the African captives who took over the ship they were on and sought justice in the courts.
  2. Then head east on I-84 to I-384 to Rt. 44 and Coventry. Take Rte. 31 to the 1776 Nathan Hale Homestead on South Street. It's filled with original furnishings and memorabilia of our famous hero.
  3. Stay overnight in a cozy B&B and after breakfast, head south to Willimantic and check out the Frog Bridge...

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