Photo of the Week: Elizabeth Park
I can usually be found lying in the sunshine. People say I look and smell my best around early to mid June. I am one of 15,000 and come in 800 varieties. I climb the fences along the border and like to wrap myself around the arches in the walkway. What am I?
A rose in Elizabeth Park’s Rose Garden! Elizabeth Park is a beautiful place to take a stroll, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. It houses the oldest municipally operated rose garden in the country as well as five other gardens and several greenhouses.
The land was donated by Charles Pond in 1897 and named after his wife. In the 1970s, the city of Hartford could no longer afford the maintenance costs and decided to get rid of the garden. However, a group of dedicated volunteers organized to form the Friends of Elizabeth Park and assist with the garden’s upkeep to preserve its beauty for future generations. You can visit the historic site for free in West Hartford, just a twelve minute drive from Trinity College.