Hill Stead Gardens


The Hill Stead Museum, situated in Farmington, Connecticut, was originally conceived by and is the birthplace of Theodota Pope Riddle. Theodate, an experienced architectural expert, developed the layout of a grand New England colonial-style suburban building on the site. The building featured state-of-the-art amenities such as interior plumbing, central heating and cooling, and for several years, electrical lighting all around the building. The building was presented in a number of construction journals after its completion.

Theodat designed the unique sunken garden specifically for her mother in 1901.
In the beginning of the 1940s, the garden was turfed because of the war and lack of manpower and materials. In 1986, the Connecticut Valley Garden Club and the Hartford Garden Club collected money and rebuilt the sunken Hill Stead Garden.

The garden is maximally in line with Farrand's design and is among the only examples of Farrand's existing work. The stretched eight-cornered garden has an area of almost an acre. It consists of an indoor lounge area in the center and brick paths. The garden has over ninety different types of perennial and annual plants on thirty-six flowerbeds. The chilly color palette of pink, blue, purple and white flowering plants is emphasized by silver-gray green. The garden's current layout is accessible on the Internet.

The outdoor garden is a location where Hill-Stead's may be rented for particular events, such as weddings and company parties. The garden is available for several hours before and after the house is available for tours. The house and garden supplement one another and were developed by a number of women leading the time in architecture and garden planning.

  • Closed
  • 10AM–4PM
(Veterans Day)
  • 10AM–4PM
Hours might differ
  • 10AM–4PM
  • 10AM–4PM
  • 10AM–4PM
  • 10AM–4PM

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