It’s Haskell Public Gardens Season

Haskell Public Gardens off Shawmut Avenue in New Bedford is the city’s not-so-hidden gem. In fact, with volunteer planting days, plant sales, children’s events and public art shows, it’s become a terrific destination in Ward 3 – #NBW3.

As Spring teases, join Kristin McCullin, Haskell Horticulturist, for a guided tour around the property this Saturday, April 13 from 9am-11am. McCullin is following in the footsteps of Allen Haskell. She oversees the property now and makes it look beautiful for the public to enjoy.

This Trustees property was once Haskell Nursery – renowned for its exotic flora and signature front lawn peacocks.

Allen Haskell started his business in the early 1950s, planting beautiful specimens and creating interesting pathways and gardens. Five years ago, The Trustees preserved this special place.

The tour is free and open to the public, but limited to 25 guests. RSVP here. Then meet at the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens Visitor Center, 787 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford. On street parking is plentiful.

PICTURED ABOVE: One of the Haskell greenhouses as envisioned by artist Tracy Barbosa of Duende Glass. Haskell Public Gardens photo.

HOT TIP: The next Haskell Plant Sale is Sat. May 11. Follow them on Facebook for details.

ABOUT THE TRUSTEES: Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit supported by members, friends and donors and our more than 117 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually.  www.thetrustees.org.

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