Elizabeth Park is ranked #5 on the list. Included on the national register of historic places, this Hartford, Connecticut location offers just over 100 acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, and walking loops. At the center of the Park is the Helen S Kaman Rose Garden, the third largest of its kind in the US with over 15,000 bushes and 800 varieties of old and new roses.
Additionally, Elizabeth Park features gardens devoted to tulips, annuals, perennials, and heritage roses. There's also the Shade Garden, which is unique for having all of its planted areas comprised of raised beds, linked by brick dust paths. Its mixed plantings include herbs, perennials, ornamental grasses, woody shrubs, and small evergreen and deciduous trees.
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