Touring the Garden

Touring the Garden


Parking is available on Mansfield Street, and also in several internal garden spaces. For large groups (more than six), please call ahead. Wednesday's are street cleaning days for New Haven in our sector, so parking is very limited. Mansfield Street is closed for parking on that day every week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are blessed to have a docent who can guide you through the greenhouses. We recommend this avenue for discovering the magic here. Please call ahead a day or two in advance, to ensure that someone is here to let you in. Because of Yale's new safety and security protocols, our doors will not be as welcoming as in the past.

Where to Start

After entering the garden from Mansfield Street, look for the internal signs directing you to the office and Greenhouse #1. We ask that visitors sign in, to track our visitation. Restrooms are available in the office complex associated with greenhouse #1.

What to See 


You will find some tropical plant collections, the Desert Collection, the Carnivorous Plant Collection and other interesting displays. In areas near the greenhouses, you will find our Contemplation Garden with koi pond, flower cutting and display gardens and more. A diagram of the greenhouses and adjacent gardens is available at the sign in point. Some of the greenhouse areas are restricted to research personnel, but we are happy to answer questions about the work being done, as best we can.

Greenhouses #2 and #3 house more of our tropical plant collections, including many tropical fruits and other useful or iconic plants, including the chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) and the coffee tree (Caffea arabica).  The Orchid Collection is housed in the second bay of Greenhouse #2.  Spaces are tight in these old greenhouses, so wheelchair accessibility is very limited. Please watch your step in all of our greenhouses, as the floors can be slippery at times.

Outdoor gardens include perennial beds,shrub borders, scale-leaf evergreen collections, a pinetum, wildflower plantings, native bog garden and much more. Of course these are very seasonal in interest but there is always something interesting outdoors for the curious and thoughtful gardener to enjoy.