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Visit New Hampshire's
Glorious Gardens the Spring

Stop and small the roses...and peonies, and lupines, and more!  If you love
gardening, you will want to take a tour of New Hampshire's top gardens open
this spring and summer:

Fuller Gardens, North Hampton, NH:

One of the few remaining estate gardens
of the early 20th century, Fuller Gardens was
the summer home of former Massachusetts
Governor Alvan T. Fuller. The Gardens
were designed in the Colonial-Revival
style in the early 1920s by the noted
landscape architect Arthur Shurtleff,
with additions in the early 1930s by Olmstead Brothers. Its seaside location
provides the ideal growing conditions for 1,500 rose bushes of all types.
Extensive plantings of annuals also provide a brilliant display of color. At
Fuller Gardens you'll also see a Japanese garden, perennial borders, a hosta
display garden and a conservatory featuring a fine collection of tropical and
desert plants. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from early May through mid
October. A nominal admission fee is charged. Call or write for group rates.
603-964-5414. Web:
Fuller Gardens.

Kirkwood Gardens, Holderness, NH:

Sunny Kirkwood, who served on the board of trustees for the Squam Lakes
Natural Science Center, designed a new three-acre low maintenance garden at
the center. Included is a fern garden, a butterfly garden and a garden
displaying a selection of shrubs and flowers native to northern New England
that are particularly attractive to birds. More than 200 people attended the
August 31, 1996, dedication of Kirkwood Gardens, none more excited than
Sunny Kirkwood herself, to whom the gardens were dedicated. Sunny died
peacefully at her home in North Sandwich on September 17, 1996. Open daily
from May 1 through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last admission at 3:30
p.m.) Admission to the Science Center, including Kirkwood Gardens, is $6 in
May, June, September and October and $8 in July and August. 603-968-7194.

Fields of Lupine Festival, Franconia/Sugar Hill:

Lupines are beautiful spring flowers that grow wild along roadside and in
fields. Each spring they burst forth in an array of colors-blue, purple, pink,
white, red, orange and yellow-creating a spectacular display for visitors to
New Hampshire. Every year the Franconia Area Chamber of Commerce
celebrates the lupine blossom with a three-week festival. (That's the length of
time it takes for the lupines to reach full color; the bloom starts at the base and
slowly works its way up the stalk.) The festival features inn-to-inn and garden
tours and participating properties offer afternoon teas, craft demonstrations
and art exhibits. A guidebook, on sale for $5 at the chamber and participating
properties, has full-page features on each property as well as recipes from
each. The guidebook also features a map of the area designating scenic
overlooks for best lupine viewing. The 2001 festival dates are June 9-25.
800-237-9007. Web:
Franconia Notch.

The Fells, Newbury, NH:

The Fells was the lakeside summer
home of American writer and diplomat
John M. Hay (1838-1905) who served
as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln,
ambassador to Great Britain and secretary
of state under presidents McKinley
and Roosevelt. The garden at the Fells
is one of New England's finest examples
of an early 20th century garden. Stroll the length of a 100-foot perennial border
and admire the view of Lake Sunapee from the formal Rose Terrace. In the
hillside alpine garden, a brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool and a
hidden walled garden awaits discovery. The Fells also offers workshops on
gardening with native plants, lectures and guided walks. The grounds of the
refuge are open daily from dawn to dusk year round. Admission is $8 for
adults, $3 for children; discounts are available for seniors and families  For
more information visit:
The Fells.

Keene State College Arboretum and Gardens, Keene, NH:

The college offers a self-guided walk that takes visitors on a meandering tour
of the central campus area and introduces some of the interesting and
ornamental trees and shrubs on the campus through scenic stopping points
and vistas. The arboretum and gardens were created to support the teaching,
research and public service mission of the college by preserving unique and
mature plant specimens of historic value. It also created a model outdoor
field laboratory to promote botanical and horticultural awareness as an
educational resource for the college and the community. The tour can be
taken any time; pick up a copy of the walking tour brochure at the Student
Center on Appian Way. 603-358-2544.

Northern Forest Heritage Park/Brown Company House Gardens, Berlin, NH:

Located in the Great North Woods and the heart of the White Mountain
National Forest, the Northern Forest Heritage Park Trust preserves, interprets
and promotes the story of the working forest and the multi-cultural heritage
of the region. The trust operates out of the historic Brown Company House
Museum and on 10 acres of land along the banks of the Androscoggin River.
Built in 1853 by H. Winslow and Company, the Brown Company House is one
of the oldest wood framed structures in Berlin. It served as a temporary
boarding facility for those coming to work at the paper mill. The gardens
adjacent to the Brown Company House were once the pride of the
community. Jack Story, its caretaker from 1929 to 1950, made sure that the
appearance of the garden changed often and was tended throughout the
winter. Plans are underway for this garden to be restored to its former glory.
A self-guided tour will identify plant and flower species and songbirds of the
northern White Mountains. 603-752-7202.

Victorian Park, Salem, NH:

This family entertainment center features an old-fashioned ice cream parlor,
an arcade, a climbing wall, a water balloon game called "Water Wars" and
miniature golf. Why is it being featured in a press release on gardens, you
ask? The owners designed the 18-hole miniature golf course as a Victorian
garden, featuring a waterfall, bridges and plantings that change throughout
the season. Victorian Park employs a full-time gardener to maintain its
beautiful grounds, which are extensive. It is open mid-April through
Halloween.  603-898-1803.
Fuller Gardens
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