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Inspirational Gardens & Travel Notes

Welcome to Inspirational Gardens & Travel Notes. Please visit this page often. We will be adding virtual tours of the beautiful gardens that GPPA members encounter in their travels around the country, and around the world.

Fuller Gardens

Location: 10 Willow Avenue
North Hampton, New Hampshire
Submitted by: Tim Martin

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"One of the Last Working Formal Estate Gardens of the Early 20th Century"

Fuller Gardens is a non-profit, public botanical garden located in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

The formal rose gardens, designed in the Colonial Revival style, were commissioned during the late 1920s by Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller at his summer estate. The meticulously maintained formal rose gardens, a Japanese garden, and English perennial plantings provide a continuous array of color and interest from spring until fall.

On a personal note, this is a favorite place for me to spend some time when I am at home in New Hampshire, and is a wonderful source of inspiration for my own garden. The Fuller Gardens are open from mid-May until October. ~Tim

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Submitted by: Tim Martin

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The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two strolling through Bostonís waterfront neighborhoods. For decades this area was an urban cavern of darkness, literally in the shadows of an elevated highway. After decades of planning, "The Big Dig" began in 1991, which ultimately resulted in two miles of newly available greenspace. The Kennedy Greenway stretches from the area near South Station all the way to Christopher Columbus Park at the entrance to the North End, linking a series of parks of several different personalities. Food trucks, a wide variety of childrenís activities, beautiful organically-managed urban gardens, sculpture, and water features are wonderful discoveries in the midst of the city. ~Tim

Longwood Gardens

Location: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Tim Martin

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Over four acres of gardening under glass, an additional 325 acres planted into public gardens of varying styles, over 700 acres behind-the-scenes ... where does one begin? Longwood is arguably one of the worldís most well-known gardens, and for good reason. This property transitioned from being the private estate of the Dupont family to a public garden in the 1950ís, and never fails to impress. It is impossible to list all of the different attractions in a small space, so youíll want to visit the website before your visit, and determine just how long you want to plan for your stay. There are lots of special events at Longwood Gardens throughout the year, and this garden can be the foundation for an entire weekend visit on its own. ~Tim

Travelerís Note: You can certainly combine a visit to Longwood with another garden in one day, but you will find yourself in total sensory overload. Itís worth devoting a full day to Longwood Gardens.

Chanticleer - a pleasure garden

Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Notes: Limited seasonal schedule
Submitted by: Tim Martin

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Chanticleer is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful American gardens, and is a property which Londonís Financial Times calls ďplanted to perfection.Ē The former Rosengarten estate is about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, and is most definitely a gardenerís garden; around every corner is another breathtaking vista created by a team of brilliant gardeners and artists. Chanticleer is a small garden in relation to some of the giant public landscapes in the Brandywine Valley, but one I could visit again and again. A morning visit to Chanticleer followed by lunch and some shopping at terrain makes for a pretty perfect day! ~Tim