The event includes a wide range of free educational and family-friendly activities while showcasing Elizabeth Park’s stunning gardens at the peak of their seasonal beauty, featuring thousands of roses in bloom.
FRIDAY, JUNE 18
7 p.m. | Nat Reeves Quintet in Concert — Helen S Kaman Rose Garden Lawn
SATURDAY, JUNE 19
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Plein Air Painters in the Park — Throughout Elizabeth Park
10 a.m. | Tulip Bulb Sale — The Cottage
Poetry in the Park Rose Garden Reading — Under the Big Tent
Featuring Connecticut Poets: Antoinette Brim-Bell & Sophie Cabot Black
1 p.m. | Antoinette Brim-Bell Reading — author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love, and Psalm of the Sunflower is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow. Her poetry, memoir, and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines, as well as, in anthologies including Villanelles, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Critical Insights: Alice Walker, 44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States, Not A Muse, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta, and The Whiskey of Our Discontent: an anthology of essays commemorating Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the 2017 Central New York Book Award for nonfiction. Brim-Bell is a Professor of English at Capital Community College.
1:45 p.m. | Sophie Cabot Black Reading — Sophie Cabot Black’s first poetry collection, The Misunderstanding of Nature, received the Poetry Society of America’s First Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry. The Descent, a second collection of poems, received the 2005 Connecticut Book Award, was also nominated for the 2005 Colorado Book Award and was subsequently chosen as a “hot pick” on MSNBC’s program, Topic A With Tina Brown. Her latest collection The Exchange (2013), received critical acclaim including a starred Publisher’s Weekly, and on All Things Considered was reviewed as “the book for you”.
The reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org), with the generous assistance of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy.
2 p.m. | Rose Garden Tour by Rosarian Stephen Scanniello — Meet at the Cottage Flagpole
2:30 p.m. | Open-Mic Poetry Reading — Under the Big Tent
This open-mic poetry reading will be hosted by Ben Grossberg, West Hartford’s poet laureate. It is being coordinated with the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org), and the generous assistance of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy.
4 p.m. | Rose Garden Tour by Rosarian Stephen Scanniello — Meet at the Cottage Flagpole
SUNDAY, JUNE 20
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Community Day with Area Non-Profits & Organizations — Under the Big Tent
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Bonsai Society of Greater Hartford Exhibition
10 a.m. | University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy Medicine Garden Tour — Herb Garden
11 a.m. | Rose Garden Tour by Rosarian Stephen Scanniello — Meet at the Cottage Flagpole
1 p.m. | Rose Garden Tour by Rosarian Stephen Scanniello — Meet at the Cottage Flagpole
2 p.m. | University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy Medicine Garden Tour — Herb Garden
2:30 p.m. | Garden Tour by Horticulturist Rosemary Aldridge
Thistle Lawn Bowling Club Demonstration