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Vermont historic sites and farms display lovely gardens for the public to visit

Gardens sprout in the most wonderful Vermont places, like at quaint villages, lavish resorts – (plan to stay overnight at a luxury resort ) -- historic homes, farms, along bike trails , and wherever there is a good piece of earth. Gardens add color, magic and beauty to scenic grounds and surrounding areas throughout the mountains and by cool waters. They’re dressed with gazebos, trellises, fountains and reflecting pools, and filled with flowers, trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables of every kind, perennials and annuals, heirloom and exotics. Enjoy trails though meadows, fields, and woodlands full of wildflowers. There’s even a path that tells the story of the great circle of life.

1 Clubhouse Road Fairlee, VT, 05045 Phone: 802-333-4311 Toll-Free: 800-423-1211

Gardens add color and magic to this popular Vermont Resort

Lake Morey’s scenic grounds, formal gardens and surrounding area beckon you to Vermont and its lakeside waterfront. This magnificent lodging and vacation retreat offers 139 guest rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the lake, some with balconies, and a few very special rooms overlooking the beautifully landscaped Maple View gardens located in front of the hotel, featuring a gazebo, trellises, and a fabulous fountain and reflecting pool. This offers a great place for socializing and cocktails or an opportunity to pause for some quiet reflection. The Hemlock Garden is filled with flowers and hemlock trees. There is also an impeccably maintained 18 hole golf course and some of the best walking, hiking, biking and nearby attractions in the Northeast.

Park-McCullough Historic Estate

1 Park Street North Bennington, VT, 05257 Phone: 802-442-5441

This historic home has a lovely property with gardens and a woods walk for the public to enjoy. See full description for Park-McCullough Estate.

Vermont Wildflower Farm

Route 7 Charlotte, VT, 05445 Phone: 802-425-3641

This six-acre farm is home to more than 354 species of wildflowers, ferns, and shrubs. An extensive network of trails meanders over meadows, fields, and woodlands full of wildflowers, common and obscure. A retail store offers nature-based gifts, candy, jams, syrups, teas, and Vermont handcrafted items. Open daily April 1 to October 31.
Information: www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com/

36 Park Road Windsor, VT Phone: 802-674-9933

The Path of Life is a public sculpture garden in Windsor that tells the story of the great circle of life. Eighteen works of art symbolize the human journey from birth to death and beyond. The garden is located on 14 acres of trails, wildflower fields, and open spaces on the bank of the Connecticut River. The garden is the creation of Terry McDonnell, whose model for the garden was The Life of Man, a Japanese garden in Kildare, Ireland. Among the objects that McDonnell has assembled for the garden are hemlock trees that compose the maze of Adventure, a large granite Buddha for Contemplation, and a five-piece, 25-foot-tall, band representing Creativity, made from driftwood from California’s Russian River. Fun for adults and kids. Open year round.

Shelburne Museum and Gardens

U.S. Route 7 - P.O. Box 10 Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-3346

Shelburne Museums is well-known for its historic paddlewheel steam boat and art exhibits, but the lavish grounds also contain magnificent gardens. Twenty gardens add splashes of color and natural beauty to the museum grounds throughout the season, from hundreds of lilacs and peonies in the spring to thousands of daylilies in the summer. Perennial and annual gardens, even an heirloom vegetable garden, are favorite attractions. A few of the gardens are the Danby Fountain Garden, where colorful annuals flow from decorative garden ornamentation; the Circus Building Daylily Garden; the Diamond Barn Garden, where bright blossoms shine against a backdrop of warm wood; Owl Cottage Garden, a playful pathway of zinnias; and the Hat and Fragrance Garden, with plants and herbs traditionally used for fragrances and dyes.

Open mid-May through late October.

Information: shelburnemuseum.org/explore/buildings/gardens/