Monday, August 26, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Edgerton Park, Hamden/New Haven

Last week a friend from work and I had lunch at Edgerton Park.  This 25-acre park sits on the edge of New Haven (and Hamden) on land that was once the property of Eli Whitney.  The land was once the property of an industrialist named Frederick Brewster.  He built the place as a getaway from urban life.

The grounds were landscaped in the style of an 18th-century English landscape garden.  The day we were there was very wet, so the various shades of green that painted the landscape glistened magically.  





The fountain there is very beautiful.
Brewster's will stipulated that the house he built for his wife be demolished after her death, but the carriage house and other structures still stand--including the conservatory where this orchid bloomed.



There are community gardens near the conservatory and folks strolling all over the grounds.  It's an oasis, to be sure.



21 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely world it is! Wonderful captures for the day, Sandy!! Love your shot of the fountain!! Enjoy!!

Lin Floyd said...

greeness! soon summer is over!

Cloudia said...

Northern climes are lovely in a restrained way! Fun outing

A Lady's Life said...

There is something about old places.
Full of life from the past can be found in the walls and trees and flowers
People live on through them and add to them their spirit.

Carver said...

Wonderful place to walk and get together with a friend.

My name is Riet said...

Now look at that, what a beautiful sight and world.

TexWisGirl said...

lovely gardens and ivy. rather sad that the house was purposely demolished.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

An oasis is always welcomed in our troubled world.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are lucky to have such an area to peruse. It looks heavenly.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

As long as you had to leave the beach and go back to work, this was indeed a very lovely oasis to find! I'm wondering if there is a restaurant on the grounds?

Brian Miller said...

what a nice getaway from urban life eh? def would be a cool place to retreat to....like the stone work as well...

Barb said...

I can almost hear that fountain, Sandy. The day was perfect for a stroll in such a tranquil place.

Indrani said...

Lovely shots. I liked the pink orchid.

Joyful said...

Beautiful! I've always admired the English for their ability to create beautiful gardens.

ladyfi said...

That orchid is amazing! And what a lovely park.

DawnTreader said...

Love the fountain shot in particular :)

Gary Phillips said...

Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Noel Morata said...

great tour, loved seeing the garden and blooms

I'm inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a legacy. It looks like a jewel of a place.

Cynthia said...

I want to follow that path into the woods and see where it leads! Beautiful place, even in gloomy weather.

Sue said...

some of these images seem more like spring green than late summer - all the rain we've had in the Appalachians has had that affect around here too.