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Lost Gardens of New England

Constance Holt in the Parterre Garden at Roseland Cottage
Constance Holt in the Parterre Garden at Roseland Cottage, c. 1920 Woodstock, Connecticut

Lost Gardens of New England draws on the wealth of images – drawings, watercolors, and historic photographs – in Historic New England's collection. The exhibition uses reproduction material to depict New England gardens, great and small, that no longer exist or only partially survive. Three sections explore major themes of American landscape history: the New Republic, House and Garden Beautiful, and Revival Gardens. Landscape drawings provide insight into how these gardens were conceived and visualized by their creators, either amateur or professional. Photographs capture the gardens and their features in their glory as well as the people who maintained and enjoyed them. The images selected illustrate New England's rich garden design traditions and offer inspiration to gardeners today.

View our narrated virtual tour of Lost Gardens of New England.


  • Twenty-eight framed images
  • Nine text panels

Fee: $2,000 for a three-month period plus one-way shipping. Please contact us for a full checklist.

Lost Gardens of New England