Touring the Garden

Greenhouse Overview


Our summer hours are from 9-4, M-F. For groups larger than six, please call ahead. Docent-led tours are Tuesdays and Thursdays during the late morning.


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.


The steep hillside makes mobility difficult for those with special needs, but our newer greenhouses are handicapped accessible, including restrooms. Please call ahead for more information and specific suggestions as to how to visit us. Handicapped parking is also available in internal parking spaces, but advance notice is recommended.

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

There are four greenhouses connected to the office area, each of which is designated as a component of Greenhouse #1. You will find research plants, 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.

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.