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Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens
south-of-boston New Bedford, MA
6 acres

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.

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