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.