The Best Gardens to Explore in NH

As a new season of gardening begins, here are our picks for gardens to check out this month.

Bedrock Gardens. Photo by Nancy Horton

Bedrock Gardens
45 High Rd., Lee
(603) 659-2993
Opening June 20 to the public; visit their website for 2020 visitation guidelines

Bedrock Gardens is a 37-acre private garden that is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first and third weekends of the month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The garden, which also houses a number of whimsical sculptures, has been carefully cultivated over the past 37 years. Stroll through the formal Parterre Garden, the Garish Garden, the Dark Woods and more while pausing to admire the Japanese teahouse, a gazebo, the 200-foot water works called the Wiggle Waggle and, of course, plant species from all over the world. There is a $10 suggested donation.

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens
465 Rte. 103A, Newbury.
(603) 763-4789
Gardens and trails now open; visit their Facebook page for updates. Please note the John Hay Estate and restrooms are still temporarily closed but will open on July 1.

This combination of gorgeous gardens, outdoor sculptures, nature trails and art gallery is located on a nearly 1,000-acre hillside overlooking Lake Sunapee. Discover the spectacular art of well-known New England sculptors as you explore the beautiful gardens and grounds of The Fells. Each piece is sited to seamlessly integrate into the surrounding gardens and natural landscape. While the Main House is closed (as are public bathrooms), the Art in Nature 2020: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is fully installed and ready for you to explore. Admission is free.

Fuller Gardens. Photo by Denise F. Brown

Fuller Gardens
10 Willow Ave., North Hampton
(603) 964-5414
Opening June 22 to the public.

This turn-of-the-century estate is a non-profit, public botanical garden that feels secluded and private. The gorgeous formal rose gardens, which were designed in the Colonial Revival style, were commissioned during the late 1920s by Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller at his summer estate. In addition to the show-stopping roses, you can also stroll through a Japanese garden and see the English perennial plantings. $4-$9.

Wildflower trails, secret gardens and more

Looking for another fun outdoor activity to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and head to one of these gardens grown in public spaces, at historic sites and at living history museums.

Kirkwood Gardens of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
900 Rte 3, Holderness
(603) 968-7194
Colorful plants in full bloom bring this informal garden to life, naturally attracting bees, butterflies, and birds of many species. Free.

Rhododendron State Park
424 Rockwood Pond Rd., Fitzwilliam
(603) 532-8862
This rhododendron garden produces fragrant clusters of pink blossoms at peak bloom time in mid-July. Free.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
139 Saint Gaudens Rd., Cornish
(603) 675-2175
While the majority of this historic property is closed, you can still explore the beautiful gardens and walking trails. $10.

Maple Hill Gardens at Beaver Brook Association
117 Ridge Rd., Hollis
(603) 465-7787
Visit one of the 13 theme gardens, walk the wildflower trail, or get a demonstration at the Compost Court at these volunteer-run gardens. Free.

Botanical Gardens at Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury
(603) 783-9511
For a historic garden, head to Canterbury Shaker Village and check out the botanical, herb and vegetable gardens. $8-$20.

Tarbin Gardens
321 Salisbury Rd., Franklin
(603) 934-3518
This is the destination for nature lovers, bird and butterfly watchers, photographers and artists, and, of course, for garden enthusiasts. Flowering trees, shrubs and perennials fill the English landscape style gardens creating a parade of new vistas. $8-$10.

Prescott Park
Marcy St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-2000
Located within easy walking distance of Portsmouth, this park has large flowerbeds and demonstration gardens available to view as you enjoy other views of tugboats and fishing boats.

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