Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden

9 Main St. North, Bethlehem, CT 06791.

 (203) 266-7596 or (860) 247-8996. The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem, has a striking feature in the elegant parterre garden designed in 1915 by Eliza Ferriday after the pattern of her drawing room's Aubusson rug. The unusual serpentine shape features a small circular pool with stone edging and a statue at the center. The garden features collections of historic peonies, lilacs and roses as well as hundreds of perennials and shrubs. 

Hollister House Garden

300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, CT

Washington's Hollister House Garden begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and Ron Johnson is an American interpretation of classic English gardens, such as Hidcote, formal in its structure but informal in its style of planting. The paths, walls and hedges that define the progression of the garden spaces meld seamlessly with the lush landscape that creates a perfect backdrop. (860) 868-2200.

Hotchkiss Fyler House House Museum and Garden

192 Main St., Torrington, CT

(860) 482-8260. There is nothing more soothing than floating flowers and the sound of water. The Hotchkiss Fyler House, a Victorian Mansion in Torrington has an elegant water garden built in 1948 that provides a cool oasis. A flagstone walkway leads to a pergola with a bench that overlooks the house and water garden. 

Hurd House Museum and Garden

Hollow Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798.

(203) 266-0305. The 17th c. Hurd House in Woodbury is unique in New England because it consists of two houses that were joined to form one. It has a traditional herb garden of culinary, medicinal and household herbs.

Keeler Tavern Museum and Garden

132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

(203) 438-5485. Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern's circa 1910 walled garden designed by Cass Gilbert is included in the Garden Conservancy's Open House Directory as an outstanding example of design and horticulture. From the Garden House visitors look out at a sunken garden with brick walls, arches, a reflecting pool and award winning flowerbeds composed of more than 100 varieties of annuals and perennials.

Kellogg Estate- Osborne Homestead Museum and Garden

500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT 06418.

(203) 734-2513.At the Kellogg Estate in Derby, the formal front garden dating to the early 1900s has five main flower beds filled with colorful annuals and a border bed with a mix of day lilies, iris, peonies, yucca and a variety of annuals. Frances Osborne Kellogg's love for roses can be seen in a garden planted with over 120 different hybrid tea rosebushes. A rock garden and butterfly garden are also part of the design.