News About Hill-Stead Museum’s Pollinator Garden Project

Did you know that sheep will eat poison-ivy? Indeed they do, and the Hill-Stead sheep are getting ready to do their bit for gardening at Hill-Stead. Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington is famous for its Sunken Garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand, … Continued

Reflections on Early September Gardens at Webb Deane Stevens

Early September is the last of the transition periods in the garden. Summer is still in full display. The phlox are in outrageous bloom, the long trumpets of the Plantagenet hosta still perfume the garden, the summer annuals – cosmos … Continued

Seed Gathering – Late Summer in the Amy Cogswell Garden at Webb Deane Stevens

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The Amy Cogswell Garden at Webb Deane Stevens is rich in self sown flowers. Some have crept in from surrounding gardens and from acquired mulch but many are specified in the garden’s plan. One of the reseeding plants specified by Amy … Continued

Winter Aconite

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One of the first flowers to emerge in late winter is Eranthis hyemalis, commonly called “Winter Aconite”. Their bright yellow flowers and jester collared leaves are one of the first signs at Weir Farm National Historic Site that Spring is … Continued

Garden in Winter & Soil Roots Happiness

If you need some garden therapy be sure and check out the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, Feb 18-21. Be sure and stop by the Connecticut Historic Gardens in booth 413! The winters are long in the northeast causing many … Continued

Autumn Musings

Many thanks to Rose Riley, Master Gardner, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, CT Rose wrote this in early December, sorry about the delay in posting…although with the warm weather, hopefully much is the same! Autumn Musings Autumn always makes me mindful of spring. … Continued

Autumn 2015

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Thank you Rose Riley, Master Gardener at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum for this post.   The long, very hot, very dry summer is lingering into the first days of autumn.  Although the temperature has moderated, soil remains dry and plants … Continued

Fall Bulbs : BEWARE THE HYACINTH!

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Many thanks to Irene from Promisek at Three Rivers Farm in Bridgewater. (We’re glad you’re not still itching!) Fall announces her arrival in many ways… the changing color of the leaves, harvest festivals, pumpkin spice lattes and cool evenings… for me, … Continued

Cultural Practices & Plant Substitutions in a Historic Garden

Thank you Irene Skrybailo from Promisek at Three Rivers Farm, Bridgewater I’m often asked.. how true is the garden at Three Rivers Farm to Beatrix Farrand’s vision? Many visitors are curious about substitutions and changes that have affected plant selections in our 16 beds. … Continued

What’s Blooming at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum?

Thank you Rose Riley, Master Gardener  at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum for this post. After dawdling for 6 weeks, spring is now racing to summer!  As a gardener I love long slow springs with enough time to savor every … Continued

Caring for 600 Yards of Boxwood

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Many thanks to Laurie Masciandaro, Site Manage of Roseland Cottage for this update! Last Thursday was a special day in Roseland Cottage’s garden—one that marked the transition from late winter to early spring, and has for 165 years. The dwarf English boxwood … Continued

Five Tips for Better Garden Photographs

 by Lea Anne Moran | February 2015 This mid-winter respite away from your garden is the ideal time to think about how to take better photographs of your garden. Here are five tips that might help you improve your garden photos. … Continued

Tools of the Trade

by Irene Skrybailo | January 2015 Winter is a great time to take a step back and look in your tool shed. Even though the garden is at rest, there’s plenty to do in the off-season! First, check all the dates on your … Continued

The Arrival of Autumn

by Rose Riley | September 2014 The garden is about anticipation. The first warm day heralds a summer of days to come; the first snow drop a garden of lilies. Gardeners are always waiting for the next plant to come … Continued

“June is bustin’ out all over!”

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by Jenevieve Hughes | June 27, 2014 In 1945, one of musical theater’s greatest songwriting teams, Rodgers & Hammerstein, penned the Carousel show-stopper: “June is bustin’ out all over!” Turns out, there’s a good chance they were describing the splendor of summer right here … Continued

Welcome!

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by Jenevieve Hughes | June 13, 2014 Welcome to our new blog! Please join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at fourteen of Connecticut’s most treasured historic gardens. Here we’ll unearth details about each garden’s heritage and design, discuss plants and dig up gardening … Continued