New Hampshire is fortunate to be the home of Fuller Gardens, one of the few examples of a formal estate garden in New England. Fuller Gardens was originally designed as part of the summer estate of Massachusetts’ Governor Alvan Fuller’s family in the 1920’s and 30’s. It was developed by noted landscape gardener Arthur Shurtleff, the Olmstead Brothers of Boston, and Cherry Hill Nurseries. It abounds in over 120 different varieties of roses, whose 1,700 plants bloom from early June through October. Mature tree peonies, a Japanese garden, a koi pond, sculpted hedges, a hosta garden, and a tropical plant conservatory make this an oasis of horticulture near New Hampshire’s seacoast. Its distinctiveness makes it a frequent locale for wedding receptions, social events, etc.
Be sure to visit the well-stocked gift shop when you go; Fuller Gardens, a nonprofit organization, is dependent on admission fees, sales from the gift shop, and donations to carry on its operation. Its hours are 10AM – 5:30PM daily from mid-May through mid-October. It is located at 10 Willow Avenue, near the intersection of routes 111 and 1-A in North Hampton. More information may be found on its website.