June 7, 2015
Celebrate Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day at Weir Farm National Historic Site, where gardens and art go hand-in-hand! Weir Farm NationalHistoricSite, the only national park dedicated to American painting, is a proud member of Connecticut’sHistoricGardens–an organization committed to preserving and promotinghistoricgardensthroughout Connecticut. On Sunday June 28, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, park staff and Garden Gang volunteers will offer short informal talks in the Sunken Garden and Secret Garden about each garden’s history, flowers, restoration, and ongoing preservation. In addition to the talks, visitors can spend an afternoon painting en plein air in a landscape that has inspired artists for over 130 years. Join a professional artist from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for informal art instruction using the park's free-to-use watercolor supplies! Be sure to see inside the visitor center for a special exhibition featuring contemporary paintings, photographs, and prints inspired by the park's gardens, buildings, and landscape.
The colonial revival Sunken Garden and the Secret Garden–which was created in 1915 and features a fountain, sundial, and rustic cedar fence–appear today just as they did to Julian Alden Weir and the other artists that made this place their home. For more information about Weir Farm NationalHistoricSite’s historic gardens or the Garden Gang volunteer program, please call 203-834-1896 or visitwww.nps.gov/wefa. For more information about Connecticut’sHistoricGardens, visit www.cthistoricgardens.org.