Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Connecticut

Take time to smell the roses. In 1904, the first rose garden in the United States was open for the pure pleasure of the public in the state of Connecticut. Elizabeth Park [Prospect Ave. Hartford, CT 06106] has 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties, which bloom from spring through fall.

Roses aren’t the only game in town, however.

Other lovely areas include perennial, tulip, and shade gardens. Meander over stone arched bridges and tree lined paths.

Note truly exceptional trees including the Dawn Redwood.

Circle about the greenhouses. Spot birds in the pond. Seek the skyline of Hartford in the near distance.

Good to know:
+Free to the public, open daily

+If you get hungry, try a bite at the Pond House Café

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