History

The Marsh Botanical Garden is named after famed paleontologist and dinosaur discoverer Othniel Charles Marsh. His uncle, George Peabody, founded Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. The area that encompasses the Gardens was once Marsh’s estate, with Marsh Hall being his former residence.

1899

O.C. Marsh leaves instructions in his will for the donation of his house to be used as the new home of the first forestry school in the United States. The grounds are to be used as a botanical garden. Upon his death in 1900, the house and grounds become part of Yale’s campus.

1922 

Marsh rock garden

Beatrix Farrand begins her decades-long relationship with Yale and Marsh Botanical Garden. Her original design included systematic plantings, a rockery, a small greenhouse and nursery, a formal garden patterned from the oldest existing formal garden in Padua, Italy. The garden was at its height in the 1930’s and early 1940’s and drew thousands of visitors each year.

1944-1990’s

During this time, the garden entered a period of decline. In 1986, Mary Helen Goldsmith, Professor Emeritus in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, was appointed director of the garden and led the first stages of outdoor garden restoration. 

2003-Present

At the turn of the century, a new approach to all aspects of the garden began. A master planning process provided the garden with a vision that would guide it into the next few decades of the its life. New greenhouses were added and more research space was created. Plans are being made to restore the gardens and honor Beatrix Farrand’s legacy.

Upcoming Events

Sunday Open Hours

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:15am to Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 11:15am
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Barbara to Notify Chris of Go Live Date.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00pm to 11:30pm
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Green Café on Thursday Nov. 2

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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Marsh Botanical Garden See map
265 Mansfield Street
New Haven, CT 06517

Closing For Holiday Season

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Monday, December 18, 2017 - 4:30pm
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Garden is closed at noon

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 8:45am
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Green Cafe

Title: Green Cafe
Free
Event time:
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Location:
Marsh Botanical Garden See map
265 Mansfield Street
New Haven, CT 06511