28 January 2021
  • Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
    123 Huntington Street
    New Haven, CT 06504
    (203) 974-8500

    In addition to its extensive diagnostic laboratories, the CAES grounds and gardens display many interesting plant materials. Tours may be arranged. A substantial speakers list and publications provide additional expert resources.

  • Edgerton Park
    75 Cliff Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
    (203) 777-1886

    Surrounded by a high stone wall, the former Frederick Brewster Estate encompasses 25 acres originally owned by Eli Whitney. While the home was demolished per directions in Brewster’s will, the greenhouses, carriage house, gatehouse and bridge still remain. Educational and horticultural programs are offered through the greenhouse, and the Sarah T. Crosby Conservatory houses a collection of plants from around the world. Docent lead tours (203) 624-8941) are available. The Conservatory is wheelchair accessible.

  • Pardee Rose Garden
    180 Park Road
    New Haven, CT 06504
    (203) 946-8142

    Over 50 varieties of roses as well as annuals, perennials and herbs bloom from April through October, with a peak in June and July. The park is open from dawn until dusk.

  • West Rock Nature Center
    1080 Wintergreen Avenue
    Hamden, CT 06514
    (203) 946-6559

    While the entry of the park is in Hamden, the West Rock Nature Center sits amidst 40 acres of woodland trails and meadows in New Haven, and is listed on the State Register of Historic Places by The Connecticut Historical Commission. Strategically located interpretive trails allow location of many of the 300 plant species identified in the park as well as traveling along the Wintergreen Brook, with its waterfall and gorge. The park is a popular birding site.