The Murray Gardens

Glastonbury, CT
Open Days, Water feature, Woodland, Garden sculpture

This property is a two-acre collection of gardens carved out of a woodland setting punctuated by unusual and native trees. The front yard features three long blooming perennial borders, a hydrangea bed, and a small pond with a weeping maple water sculpture that gently rains all day. Also in front is a bank of carpet flower roses, as well as a naturalized woodland garden, where you can enjoy a myriad of shade and woodland plants and sculpture surprises with soft music in the background. The backyard has several gardens built into the pool deck and a formal triangle garden containing Knock Out® roses, Oriental lilies, and coleus inside a boxwood border. Daylily beds run along an old stone wall beside a large perennial garden and patio. Curved steps ascend from there to a 50-foot rose bed. Finally, the sunken garden features a waterfall running from a little upper pond to the fish pond below, surrounded by a spectacular Heptacodium tree, several large Japanese maples, and a collection of miniature conifers. Watching over the pond is a six-foot frog sitting on a stone bench.

Directions: From Hartford, take Route 2 East to Exit 10. Turn left off exit ramp onto Route 83. Take first right onto Chimney Sweep Hill. Go uphill 1.5 miles to end. Turn left onto Thompson Street. House is about 0.25 mile on right, across from farm. From the east, take Route 2 West to Exit 11. Go left off exit ramp, then take second right onto Thompson Street. Garden is 1.5 miles on right. Please park on street.

Open Days 2020: July 19
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free.

Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance

  • This garden allows photography
  • This garden is handicap-accessible

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