It is hard to imagine a more restorative place to visit than Tarbin Gardens in West Franklin, New Hampshire. Bursting with lushness, colorful shrubs and flowers, it is Spring personified.
Tarbin Gardens has one formal garden, and many others that are designed in the English landscape style, which is more casual, inviting interaction with nature. The series of old and new gardens feature native plants, trees, as well as more exotic species that can be grown in our central New Hampshire climate.
Wander through the Catalpa Garden under a cool canopy of trees, and admire the display of Spring bulbs. Delight in the cozy Mothers Day Garden, a picture-perfect setting where you’ll find a bench under a willow tree. The shade garden, Three Pines, makes a cool hideaway in summer, as does the wooded Mayapple Dell area. A wonderful time to visit here is when the rhododendrons are in bloom. There are also picnic tables surrounded by roses—about as lovely a lunch setting as you’ll find! In addition to these, are several other gardens, a series of pretty ponds, and a succulent house where you can view exotic lizards.
From June to September, Tarbin Gardens hosts an Authentic English Cream Tea on the Rose Garden patio where visitors can enjoy pots of tea, homemade scones with clotted cream, special cakes and pastries.
321 Salisbury Road (Route 127 South), West Franklin, NH
Open May – September
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Also open on Holiday Mondays
Children 4-17/Students with ID/Seniors (62+), $7
Family (children with parent/s), $25
Children 3 and under, no charge
Tarbin Gardens is about a 30-minute drive from the B&B. And by the way, we’re quite the restorative place to visit too, with glorious gardens and super comfy beds!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TARBIN GARDENS.