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Throughout the Museum’s 19 acres you will find a diverse collection of gardens, trees, and shrubs which are labeled indicating both the common and botanical name. Our gardens contain hundreds of different varieties of plants that accentuate the beauty and historical context of the Mystic River, ships, and 19th-century village.
The Museum’s gardens are educational tools used to create interest in plants and gardening. They are designed to motivate and excite visitors about horticultural history and our heritage as New England gardeners.
Mystic Seaport has re-created two 19th-century gardens, the Burrows House garden and the Buckingham-Hall House garden, that portray the social order, economy, and cultural pursuits brought about by the Industrial Age. Most plants used are heirloom varieties, many of which are popular today. Additional gardens can be found throughout Museum grounds, including a Children’s Zoo garden featuring plants with fun names—like elephant ear plants—to appeal to future gardeners.