2002 Spring, Summer Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com Whether it is the old-fashioned beauties of yesterday or specialized gardens of today, Connecticut's Litchfield Hills are blooming with displays guaranteed to inspire flower lovers and home gardeners. Those who admire the traditional can find two showplaces in Litchfield Hills, the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem, with a formal garden of historic roses, lilacs and peonies, and the Gertrude Jekyll Garden at the Glebe House Museum, the only garden in the U.S. by Jekyll, the English landscape designer famous for her use of color. Several gardening centers in the area offer glorious display gardens, filled with ideas that can be adapted to home gardens. White Flower Farm in Litchfield is internationally known for its perennial, bulb and specimen plant selection shown off on ten acres of display gardens. Among the highlights are the rose gardens, the tree peonies and a greenhouse filled with brilliant begonias. Not far away at the Litchfield Horticultural Center are twenty theme gardens on thirty-two acres, including a Zen garden, a wetlands garden near a tranquil pond, and a shade garden built into the rocks. Beardsley Gardens in Sharon features small-specialized vignettes including a cottage garden rose garden, and rockery as well as displays of ornamental grass borders. One of the most charming displays is the Peter Rabbit Garden at Sweethaven Farm in Salisbury, planted with lupine, foxglove and other herbs and flowers mentioned in Beatrix Potter's famous stories, and with tiny stone bunnies peeking out from the greenery. Gardeners looking for the unusual should also visit Litchfield Hills Nursery, Inc., offering a top array of annuals, and perennials, plus containers, statuary, teakwood furniture, and bird feeders to adorn the yard. Among the nursery's plant specialties are herbs, roses and topiary plants. The gardens, display beds and seasonal planters also are in full bloom at Kent Greenhouse and Garden Center, one of the areas largest gardening resource and design firms. Besides its outdoor selections, Walnut Hill Greenhouse in Litchfield is the place for indoor plants such as cacti, succulents and a notable selection of rare houseplants. The greenhouse features two indoor display gardens, one for cactus, and another for tropical plants. Another delightful greenhouse is Lauray of Salisbury, one of New England's top resources for succulents, orchids, and begonias. For more information on special packages and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.