Born of the American Park Movement, Elizabeth Park was officially opened to the public in 1897. Encompassing 101 acres, both West Hartford and Hartford share this treasure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The property originally owned by Charles and Elizabeth Aldrich Pond was gifted to the City of Hartford upon Charles Pond’s death. He requested that the park be named after his late wife Elizabeth. So romantic!
This park reflects both the European formal style of gardens and the natural setting with sweeping views and trees around the periphery associated with its Landscape Architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.
The rose garden is the centerpiece of this treasured garden designed in 1904 by Theordore Wirth and it is the country’s oldest public rose garden.
It is home to over 15,000 rose bushes and arches on two and a half acres with 475 garden beds.
Opposite the rose garden there are four gardens connected via pathways and entrances creating various garden rooms including a Perennial garden, a shade-rock garden, heritage rose and tulip – annual garden.
There is an herb garden, an iris garden and currently on display the dahlia display beds which are currently in full bloom! Dahlias come in every conceivable shape, color and size so here is just a small sampling!
There is a gorgeous view of the Hartford skyline from the Sunrise Overlook. This park is a true urban oasis showcasing its many assets for its visitors. It connects communities and encourages a healthy life offering historical, educational, recreational, cultural, social and economic assets to all who visit.
I truly plan to visit during next year’s Rose weekend as well as during Tulip season! You should make it a point to visit the next time you are in the Hartford area. This is a treasure not to be missed!