Fuller Gardens Open for the Season
Posted May. 8, 2016 at 6:27 PM
NORTH HAMPTON – While the New Hampshire Seacoast is, itself, an oasis of color and beauty here in the Northeast, there is a special place in its midst that epitomizes both the region and its gloried history.
The Fuller Gardens, located just steps from the ocean in North Hampton, is one of the last working estate gardens in the region and opened for its 2016 season on Sunday. The two-and-three-quarter-acres on which the gardens sit has been a destination for garden lovers from near and far for almost nine decades. The gardens were designed in the Colonial Revival style by the Olmsted Brothers.
“I’ve always wanted to come here,” Manchester gardener Liz Powers said Sunday. “I have a degree in horticulture, so I love gardens and gardening.”
Jane Wahl, from Rye, and her family were also at the grand opening.
“We’re members (of the garden),” said Wahl. “It’s a lovely spot and we often take bicycle trips here.”
Alvan T. Fuller, a self-made businessman, politician and philanthropist from Boston, built Fuller Gardens at the family’s summer estate in North Hampton to honor his wife, Viola, in the late 1920s. After his death in 1958, Fuller Gardens was opened to the public.
“People can’t believe this place exists where it does; in a primarily residential neighborhood,” said Garden Director Jamie Colon. “(Mother’s Day) is our flagship event; it kicks off our season.”
While the perennials are just beginning to pop and little else, except the tulips, is in bloom, Colon said he believes this is the best time for serious gardeners to visit the gardens.
“Although the sub-freezing weather a few weeks ago stunted some early-blooming flowers, we anticipate a very strong bloom cycle for the roses – roses are very tough plants,” said Colon. “Now is a good time to see the ‘bones’ of the garden before everything comes up.”
Fuller Gardens is a nonprofit organization and relies on memberships, admissions, event proceeds and donations to maintain the historic gardens and grounds. Seacoast Weddings Magazine recently recognized Fuller Gardens as a top venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
Several unique events are scheduled at the gardens this season. They include: A poetry reading with Portsmouth Poet Laureate Kate Leigh on June 29; a children’s story time on June 27 and July 13; the Annual Garden Party and Art Sale on July 13; and a Reggae ‘n Roses Festival on Aug. 5.
For information on events and membership, visit www.fullergardens.org.
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