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Gardens in Central Vermont

Mapleview Gardens - Lake Morey Resort - Fairlee, VT
Lake Morey Resort

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

Gardens in bloom add to the beauty of this lakeside resort nestled in the hills of Vermont

Every season in Vermont is beautiful, but when gardens are in bloom, the burst of colors seems to make everything special. At the Lake Morey Resort, the Maple View Garden and Hemlock Garden add that extra touch to a picturesque resort. They’re the perfect place for weddings and other special events as well as for quiet contemplation or short strolls. Some of the resort’s 130 rooms and suites have garden views. Outdoor activities at the resort include lawn games, bocce ball, tennis, hiking, biking and, of course, lots of lake activities. There’s a championship golf course, a putting green, swing set and play structure. Or, you might just want to sit outside in the fresh mountain air and finally finish that book.
path of life garden windsor vt
Path of Life Sculpture Garden

36 Park Road Windsor, VT, 05089 Phone: 802-674-9933

The Path of Life is a public sculpture garden that tells the story of the great circle of life. Eighteen works of art symbolize the human journey from birth to death. 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. Path of Life Garden is on property adjacent to Great River Outfitters and managed by GRO.
Hours: Year-round, daily, dawn to dusk.
Admission: Age 12 and older, $6; age 4 to 12, $3
Gardens at Justin Smith Morrill Homestead - Strafford, VT
Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site Gardens

214 Justin Morrill Memorial Hwy. Strafford, VT Phone:

A native of Stafford, Justin Morrill entered politics in 1854 and served in the United States House of Representatives and Senate for nearly 44 years. His homestead is a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the gardens during daylight hours at no cost, with the help of outdoor interpretive signs, including images and maps.
Morrill’s own designs for the gardens follow the principles of the romantic landscape movement in America. Walkers will find serpentine walkways, arabesque beds planted with colorful annuals, and historic trees like the Magnolia kobus and Norway spruce. The kitchen garden has perennials, herbs, roses, dwarf fruit trees, and vegetables. Many of the original plantings made by Morrill survive.
Hours: The house is open May through October; the gardens are open for self-guided walks year-round, dawn to dusk.
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