New Hampshire's historic gardens include The Fells and home of St. Gaudens

Bring your group to explore New Hampshire’s gardens grown in every shape and size in public spaces, at historic home and sites, and at living history museums. A nationally recognized rhododendron grove and wildflower trail blooms with flowers and song bird calls throughout the warm season. American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s property includes lovely gardens and walking trails. Historic but still very active gardens are worked all season by volunteers and learners at a still thriving Shaker community. Discover Japanese lily pond gardens, hillside, rock and secret gardens with alpine and native plants.

Celia Thaxter's Garden and Sea View Isles of Shoals
Gardens at Beaver Brook NH
Maple Hill Gardens at Beaver Brook Association

117 Ridge Road Hollis, NH Phone: 603-465-7787

The Maple Hill Gardens, on the property of the Beaver Brook Association, are open to the public for daily viewing. The best time for visitng the gardens is April through October. Garden Tours and presentations are available. Visit the gardens or walk the 35 miles of trails located on 2,000 acres of land.
Gardens of Fells Estate in New Hampshire
Fells Historic Estate and Gardens

Route 103A / P.O. Box 276 Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-763-4789

Outstanding gardens, a 100-foot perennial border, and a view of Lake Sunapee from the Rose Terrace are part of this historic house’s property. A brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool in the hillside rock garden, which includes a large collection of alpine and native plants. Hidden behind masses of rhododendron, a walled secret garden awaits discovery.
Guided tours of the gardens are conducted daily mid-June through mid-August, Wednesday through Sunday, at 1 p.m. Included in the price of admission. The gardens are open during regular hours year-round for self-guided tours and leisurely strolls. Gardens include the Perennial Border, the Rock Garden, the Rose Terrace, the Old Garden, the Pebble Court, and the Heather Bed.
See full description of The Fells.
prescott park portsmouth
Prescott Park

Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603-431-2000

This very pretty city park is located within easy walking distance from the center of Portsmouth, and on the banks of the Piscataqua River, which is always lively with views of fishing boats, tugboats, cruises and other watercraft. The parks is across the street from Strawbery Banke Museum, where costumed interpreters describe life in the neighborhood over four centuries. Prescott Park has very large flowerbed and demonstration gardens. The park also hosts a big schedule of outdoor concerts and plays for kids throughout the summer.
bedrock gardens in Lee NH
Bedrock Gardens

45 High Road Lee, NH Phone:

Called an oasis of art, horticulture, and inspiration. Bedrock Gardens is a privately owned property where the public is invited to tour and visit on Open Gardens Weekends six months of the year. The huge variety of garden plots includes a parterre garden, a swaleway, funnel gardens, an allee, the shrubaria, the GrassAcre, Belgian Fence, rock gardens, the coop and wave, a paddock garden, and more. Many special events include topics like beekeeping, ballroom dancing, and learning about caterpillars, native plants and pollinators. Printable map. Parking is a small lot on the property, supplemented by free shuttle vans for and from Mastway School, 23 Mast Road, Lee, leaving every 15 minutes.
Hours: Open Garden Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Check garden website for Open Garden Days.
Admission: $10 suggested donation for adults.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

139 Saint Gaudens Road Cornish, NH, 03745 Phone: 603-675-2175

This property displays the works of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The property also includes lovely gardens and walking trails.
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Kirkwood Gardens of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

900 Route 3 Holderness, NH Phone:

This informal garden is open to the public daily at no cost. Perennial lants are abundant, attracting bees, butterflies, and birds of many species.
rhododendrom state park
Rhododendron State Park

424 Rockwood Pond Road Fitzwilliam, NH, 03447 Phone: 603-532-8862

Magnificent rhododendron grove and wildflower trail

This nationally recognized rhododendron garden produces magnificent flowers at peak bloom time in mid-July. A nearby wildflower trail blooms with flowers and song bird calls throughout the warm season.
Trail information.
Trail maps.
See full description of Rhododendron State Park.
fuller gardens
Fuller Gardens

10 Willow Avenue North Hampton, NH, 03862 Phone: 603-964-5414

Designed in the Colonial Revival style on a two-acre plot, these gardens bloom throughout the season, from an extensive tulip display in early May, followed by the Japanese garden and other late spring flowering shrubs, through the 2,000 rose bushes that bloom through October.
Hours: Mid-May through mid-October, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Enfield Shaker Museum

24 Caleb Dyer Lane / 447 Route 4A Enfield, NH, 03748 Phone: 603-632-4346

Historic but still very active gardens are among the interesting facets to explore on a visit to this community of Shakers, active for 200 years. Community gardens are worked all season by volunteers and learners.