January 15th, 2016
The sun is out, but winter is finally settling in. While it may be getting colder in New Haven, there are still places worth exploring. Edgerton Park Conservancy, a 10 minute drive from 360 State Apartments, is one such place.
The greenhouses in Edgerton are a legacy from long ago. Since 1982, The Conservancy has raised funds from individuals, foundations, and state and federal sources for their restoration. Though repair work continues, all of the greenhouses are filled with educational and horticultural programs.
The Sarah T. Crosby Conservatory houses the collection of plants from various parts of the world and features a rainforest exhibit as well as a dry landscape from the Tropics. The Conservatory offers tours and hands-on demonstrations for school children and other groups, and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for major holidays.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the park’s original wall, greenhouses, carriage house, gatehouse, and bridge still stand. The carriage house is where you’ll find the horticultural library. The collection contains books on gardening, flower arranging, and conservation as well as periodicals and catalogs. Look for the display of old photographs of “Edgerton” and “Ivy Nook” in the Lecture Room.
If you’re in the mood for a walk around the Edgerton Park, it’s open to the public from sunrise to sunset all year long. Edgerton Greenhouses and other facilities are located just off Whitney Avenue at 75 Cliff Street at the Hamden-New Haven line. There is also an entrance from Edgehill Road.