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.
Today Fuller Gardens depends on the support of visitors, members, foundations and philanthropists. Fuller Gardens remains a seaside gem open for the enjoyment of seven thousand annual visitors.
The Gardens are open from mid-May to mid October, seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Support Fuller Gardens Now
Jamie Colen, Garden Director
Current Garden Director Jamie Colen has continued the tradition of superior maintenance at Fuller Gardens. Colen was appointed Garden Director in 1999 after serving on the gardening staff for seven seasons. Colen’s background studying entomology at the University of New Hampshire helped him develop the cornerstone of his approach: “We need to work with nature, not against it.” Colen encourages his staff of six to use period hand tools to tend the gardens. He says it makes for a quieter, more peaceful experience for visitors and although it takes longer than machine operated tools, the results are better. Colen says he loves the ever-changing nature of horticulture and insists that careful observation can help gardeners avoid bad choices. The secret to the success of Fuller Gardens is the quality of the soil, according to Colen. “Feed the soil so the soil feeds the plants.” Colen has been a rose consultant for the City of Boston and speaks frequently to Garden clubs across New England.