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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.
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 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.
Shelburne Museum on U.S. Route 7 in Shelburne vt
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.

Hours: Open mid-May through late October.
morrill homestead gardens
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.
hildene gardens
Hildene Gardens

1005 Hildene Road Manchester, VT Phone: 802-362-1788

This Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1908 by Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln who served as chairman of the Pullman Company. The formal garden was designed by Jessie Lincoln, grad-daughter of President Abraham Lincoln, in 1908. The pattern of the garden is meant to resemble a stained glass window. Among the ornamental plants in the formal garden, you will find flowers especially attractive to bees and butterflies.
See full description of the mansion and the entire estate at our Historic Homes and Sites page.
Hours: Open year-round; daily; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
General Admission: Over age 16, $23; youth age 6 to 16, $6. This includes self-guided tours of the house, Hildene Farm, the Pullman car Sunbeam, Dene Farm and about 12 miles of walking trails.
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cider hill gardens
Cider Hill Gardens & Gallery

1747 Hunt Road Windsor, VT Phone: 802-674-6825

This is the home and property of an artist and a horticulturist. Enjoy a stroll around the gardens and stop in the art gallery while you enjoy and shop for plants. Potted perennials and herbs are for sale, including hosta, peonies, day lilies and primroses.
Hours: Gardens, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May-June: Wednsday-Sunday; July-September: Thursday-Sunday; October-November: Friday-Sunday
path of life garden windsor vt
Path of Life Sculpture Garden

36 Park Road Windsor, VT 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.
Garden guide and map.
Hours: Year-round, daily, dawn to dusk.
Admission: Age 12 and older, $6; age 4 to 12, $3
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/
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.
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