With local community partners, The Trustees are working to transform this former nursery into a vibrant park for the people of New Bedford and beyond.
In the heart of New Bedford lies the former nursery of Allen C. Haskell: six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, historic buildings, and more than half an acre of greenhouse space. With this location and array of elements, Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens provides an unrivaled opportunity for The Trustees of Reservations to save precious urban green space and to engage South Coast communities through horticulture, recreation and education.
The late Allen C. Haskell, a lifelong New Bedford resident and famed horticulturalist, assembled the property over more than 30 years, creating a truly unique and successful nursery. After Allen’s passing the family listed the property to be sold on the open market, leaving the potential for the invasion of a poorly developed space. In 2012, The Trustees of Reservations stepped in at the request of the City of New Bedford to save the property from development and preserve this unique open space and cultural history for future public enjoyment in partnership with the New Bedford community.
The public gardens host a traditional New England style common, beautifully designed historic gardens, one of the oldest homes in New Bedford, and will soon have a variety of discovery-based family elements for children to interact with their natural world.
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787 Shawmut Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02746
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From Rt. 24 South, take Exit 12 for Rt. 140 South toward New Bedford. Follow for 17 mi. At Exit 3 for Hathaway Rd., take the ramp right. Turn left on Hathaway Rd., then, after 0.4 mi., turn right onto Shawmut Ave. The park is on your right.
Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens is open sunrise to sunset and is FREE to the public. Check out the event’s page for more information on upcoming activities.
Printed trail maps are distributed free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.
Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.
Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:
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