• Explore

    The Marsh Botanical Garden is undergoing some exciting changes. We are currently renovating and restoring our gardens and collections. Visitors are welcome to explore the Garden from Monday through Friday between 9 AM - 4 PM. Please come and be inspired by the beauty of mature trees, collections, and floral displays!

  • Marsh Reimagined

    The just completed Master Plan 2022 reveals our exciting vision to transform MBG into a living museum for discovery, learning, and inspiration. Honoring Beatrix Farrand's legacy of cultivating a teaching garden, this new vision will engage audiences in promoting biodiversity conservation; showcasing sustainable landscape; and inspiring the importance of plants to life on earth.

  • Events

    Several educational events including open houses and guided tours take place every month at the garden to highlight important and interesting topics in the plant world. All members of the Yale community and the public are welcome to attend.

  • Science

    A lot of research and learning take place right in the garden. Every semester we have the pleasure of hosting several Yale undergraduate and graduate students in classes and laboratories. Some of the courses taken include plant diversity & evolution, wood structure & function. Students learn about plant clades while enjoying fruits and plant products, they get to dissect wood samples, and they make sketches of the plants they were studying.

Welcome To The Marsh Botanical Garden

Sitting on eight acres, with six greenhouses comprising around a third of an acre under glass, Marsh Botanical Garden offers support for researchers, faculty and students at Yale, as well as an informative and eye-catching experience for visitors.

In the summer, the naturalistic beds and wildflower plantings provide color and attract birds and butterflies. In spring, bulb displays, early flowering shrubs, and trees add color to the season. Our plantings include many woody plants with surprising fall color, both from leaf and fruit display.

Our Collection

Marsh Botanical Garden provides a welcome connection with the natural world. Whether you are a plant enthusiast, teacher, researcher, conservationist, public educator,  new or seasoned gardener, you will find plants of interest in our indoors and outdoor collections from all over the world, including many desert, carnivorous, rare, and endangered  plant species. Our natural areas are open to the public 24/7.

News From MBG

Sweet Spire: Itea virginica

Itea 'Saturnalia' has multiple color combinations on the plant at once., Itea with lovely red fall color. Look for Henry's Garnet for deep wine red.
Wed, 10/31/2012
            So fall color is variable, we get that. The weather is a big factor, soil chemistry and insect predation enter in and of course genetics have a say as well.  Just as paper will not refuse ink, the ether will not refuse data: this means that you will find claims made about the fall...

'Cream-ball' False-Cypress

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Thu, 10/25/2012
I had a busy day today, starting with a drive through the rain to VanWilgen’s Nursery and Garden Center in Branford, where I was a clerk in the judging process of the Connecticut Orchid Society. I learned a lot from three very open and agreeable judges who blessedly asked the clerks’ opinions and...

Tree Removal

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Wed, 10/24/2012
NOTICE: Beginning November 1, 2012, for safety and esthetic reasons, the overgrown hemlock hedges along the Prospect St face of Marsh Hall and Marsh Botanical Garden will be gradually removed. The existing large trees will be interplanted with mixed Rhododendron and other Ericaceous species, along...

Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Strawberry’

Our 3 foot Hydrangea 'Renhy' has four flower spikes with three different shades of white, rose and red.
Mon, 10/22/2012
     The best time of year is a highly debatable concept.  Do you like the beach, the cooler weather, the floriferous spring, the Holidays, cookouts, water- or snow-skiing?  Or are you one of us who relish the changes, who love the beach but also the good outdoor working weather of spring and fall...

Japanese Forest Grass

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Mon, 10/22/2012
For those of you living in the New Haven/southern Connecticut area, I’d like you to add the following items to your burgeoning social/gardening calendars. On Saturday, October  6, starting at 7:30, we will be presenting folk music, compliments of Kath Bloom and Ed Askew, two locally-grown folk...

Tree Walk Notes from October 20

Seven-Sons Flower: Heptacodium micinoides, Fothergilla gardenii: the smaller Fothergilla
Fri, 10/12/2012
ID – Evergreen, needles spirally arranged, main axis standing out all around stem, those on underside turn upwards so they appear to spring from side, needles sharply pointed, 1”-2 ¾” long, stomata on underside surrounding midrib, bark – brown scaling off, exposing reddish inner bark. Features – 30...

Visit The Garden

Greenhouses are open between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. If you are visiting greenhouses, press doorbell at the entrance when you arrive.

Make An Impact

Our Garden could not exist without the generous support of the Yale and New Haven communities. We have several wonderful opportunities for specific projects at the Garden. We use the Master Plan that was completed in 2022 as a resource in identifying those projects, both large and small, that will help our Garden move forward in the direction of our mission statement.