Most People Don't Realize These 6 Secret Gardens Around New Hampshire Exist
It’s officially that time of year – we’re just three weeks away from the official start of spring (though it’ll be a while longer than that before it feels like it here in the Granite State) and we’re all daydreaming of sunshine, flowers, and birdsong. As soon as the blossoms start to open, you’ll want to head straight to these gorgeous gardens for some flower therapy – and in the meantime, these pictures may just hold you over.
1. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site, Cornish
This stunning property was once the home of famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and for fans of sculpture it's worth a pilgrimage. But we think it's the gardens that really stand out here – they're absolutely unbelievable, full of gorgeous flowers and studded with historic sculptures. You'll feel like you're at the home of a member of the aristocracy here. Learn more
2. Fuller Gardens, North Hampton
This historic botanical garden, which was once part of a seacoast estate, is right next to the ocean. You'll be awed by the stunning rose garden, tropical conservatory, and Japanese garden. Visit at 10 Willow Avenue, North Hampton, NH 03862.
3. The Fells, Newbury
Also known as the Hays Estate, the Fells was the property of a prominent 19th century politician. Today, the estate is open for exploration, and the gardens are the highlight. You'll truly feel like you're in the Secret Garden as you step through a door in the stone wall to scenes of the most gorgeous and carefully curated flowers. Learn more
4. Kirkwood Gardens, Holderness
Kirkwood Gardens, part of the Squam Lake Natural Sciences Center, is located on the grounds of what was once the historic Holderness Inn and is now part of the science center. The garden isn't huge, at about an acre, but it's beautiful and teeming with butterflies – plus, you can get lunch at the Kirkwood Hotel at the old hotel building. Visit at 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245.
5. Pickity Place, Mason
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