GARDEN EVENTS BLOOM THIS
SPRING AND SUMMER IN CONNECTICUT
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
- 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
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080