On Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day,
roam the Stowe Center gardens in full bloom.
Inspired by Stowe’s writing, the gardens feature shade-loving perennials, colorful annuals, shrubs, meadow flowers,
exotic elephant ears, castor bean plants, and stately roses.
Highlights: Connecticut’s largest Merrill Magnolia; grafts from The Stowe Dogwood, a pink variety believed to be from Stowe’s time; a National Champion Tree, the Common Paw Paw; and The Garden Club of America award-winning heritage roses.
At 2 PM, join the Nook Farm Walking Tour.
19th century Nook Farm was home to writers, politicians, reformers and activists. Two residents, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, were international celebrities. Others included Isabella Beecher Hooker, Stowe’s sister and women’s rights activist; Charles Dudley Warner, author; and William Gillette, actor and playwright. Today, several 19th-century buildings remain including the homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain.
The Stowe Center is one of 14 historic gardens celebrating the day.