Weir Farm National Historic Site at 735 Nod Hill Road in Wilton and The Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, along with the other 12 members of the Connecticut Historic Gardens Trail, will celebrate the Tenth Annual Connecticut Historic Gardens Day on Sunday, June 23.
Weir Farm, the national park named for American painter J. Alden Weir, will have talks and activities from 1 to 4 p.m. centered on the farm’s Sunken Garden and Secret Garden.
Park staff and Garden Gang volunteers will offer short informal talks in the Sunken Garden and Secret Garden about each garden’s history, flowers, restoration, and ongoing preservation. In addition to the talks, visitors can spend an afternoon painting en plein air in a landscape that has inspired artists for over 130 years. Watercolor supplies will be available for visitors to use at no charge from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
The colonial revival Sunken Garden and the Secret Garden–which was created in 1915 and features a fountain, sundial, and rustic cedar fence–appear today just as they did to Julian Alden Weir and the other artists that made this farm their home.
Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the property in 1882. After Weir, his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young, and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by painters Sperry and Doris Andrews, continued the artistic legacy. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.
For more information about how to become a Garden Gang volunteer, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, the National Park Service, or Weir Farm National Historic Site please call 203-834-1896 or visit www.nps.gov/wefa
The Osborne Homestead will offer guided tours of the museum and gardens from noon to 4 and a special one-woman show, “The Edwardian Lady’ ‘at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 2. After strolling through the gardens, visitors can visit the historic house museum and learn about Frances Osborne Kellogg’s passion for gardening and land conservation. Complimentary museum and garden tours will be offered every half hour on the hour.
Kandie Carle will perform “The Edwardian Lady.” During the performance, Ms. Carle will get dressed for the audience, using her collection of authentic historic clothing to illustrate the manners, customs and etiquette of the early 1900s Edwardian time period. Throughout the presentation she will share insights into the fashion, lifestyle, manners, and etiquette of men, women and children, including interesting and ‘myth busting’ anecdotes. There is a suggested donation of $5. Reservations for the performance are requested; call 203-734-2513.
The Osborne Homestead Museum, a facility of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is open for free guided tours on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to 3., Saturdays from 10 to 4:, and Sundays from 12: to 4 p.m. The museum is at 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby. For more information call 203-734-2513.
The Connecticut Historic Gardens Trail offers visitors an opportunity to explore a variety of garden styles and time periods. More information about the Connecticut Historic Gardens can be found at www.cthistoricgardens.org