Hartford Botanical Garden
The Hartford Botanical Garden has been designed to recognize and celebrate many elements unique to its setting—its place in history, as established by Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, its place within Hartford’s and Connecticut’s natural ecosystem, its location within the multi-cultural community of Hartford, and its central location within the surrounding neighborhood.
Working with the project architects, who designed the Conservatory for the garden, CRJA-IBI Group utilized existing land forms and mature plantings to create a series of gardens throughout the site while still maintaining the site as a public park for the neighborhood and a celebration of the lives and work of the Colts. CRJA-IBI Group has created spaces to showcase sustainable residential design, green roof and storm water technologies, natural science education for school groups, and cultivated plants grown during the Colt’s time, as well as the Botanical Garden’s shade, sun, native plant, and wetland plant collections. In addition, the Garden also includes spaces for city-wide performances, neighborhood sledding, community gardening, informal dining, and unique venues for private functions. Despite the 30’ grade change across the site, all parts of the garden are accessible; the meandering paths of the Heritage Gardens provide an accessible route down the sloping Great Lawn while celebrating the significant plants of Hartford’s many ethnic heritages.