The wildflowers that carpet Connecticut in the spring and summer help visitors and residents alike to forget the grim, gray winters that so often buffet the state. Connecticut is rich in state and private parks where people can go to see and enjoy these natural treasures. Most of the state’s more scenic roadways are also flanked by wildflowers, as are its rivers and streams. Here are just five of the top spots to go in Connecticut to see spring wildflowers.
Lamentation Mountain State Park
230 Plymouth Road
Berlin, CT 06791
Anywhere the Connecticut Botanical Society deems as worthy of an annual pilgrimage to view wildflowers must truly be worth the trip, and Lamentation Mountain State Park in Berlin is at the top of the Botanical Society’s list. A top spot for hiking and viewing scenic vistas, Lamentation Mountain is also covered in wildflowers in season. Maps and guides to walking trails can be found online, or flower lovers can go to the Botanical Society’s site for more information.
999 W. Main St.
Meriden, CT 06451
With 1,800 acres, Hubbard Park is one of the largest town parks in the state. An explosion of wildflowers light up the park every spring and are enjoyed by the thousands of residents and visitors who walk its walk, climb its castle-like observation tower or enjoy its lakes, hill trails and playgrounds. The park is maintained by the city of Meriden and was laid out by the sons of Frederick Law Olmstead, the famous architect who designed New York’s Central Park. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1561 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
“Friends Preserving America’s Oldest Public Rose Garden” is the descriptive motto and mission of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy in West Hartford. The park is open 365 days a year, and entrance is free. There is also a restaurant, the Pond House Cafe, as well as a greenhouse on the site. Check the website for hours, which vary with the season. The park is composed of more than 100 acres of formal gardens, including rose, tulip, perennial, annual and shade tree gardens.
1329 W. Middle Turnpike
Manchester, CT 06040
Spring officially comes to Wickham Park on April 2, and from that date onward, visitors are welcome to walk the park’s 250 acres of lawn and gardens. There are picnic areas, ponds, sports fields and many other attractions, the most brilliant of which, especially in the spring, are the wildflowers in bloom. Wickham Park is listed as one of the “town treasures” of Connecticut and is a wonderful place for weddings and other family celebrations.
Asylum St. and Trinity St.
Hartford, CT 06123
From its Champion trees to its hundreds of varieties of shrubs and flowers, Hartford’s Bushnell Park is more than just the green heart of the city; it is a giant garden that pays homage to Mother Nature and all the bounty she has bestowed upon the “Nutmeg State.” With its fountains, carousel, Soldiers Arch and other attractions, Bushnell Park is a popular destination for visitors and residents of the state’s capital city, and above it all rises the gilded dome of the State Capital, itself a treasure worth visiting.
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