2017 Garden Hours:
Open Daily, sunrise to sunset, from Wednesday, June 14 through early fall.
Grand Opening - June 14
A public opening featuring a “behind the scenes” look at the Proven Winners plant breeding/testing/marketing process. This opening will include a hands on workshop featuring design tips & winning plant combos.
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Proven Winners Workshops
Commercial plant experts, Proven Winners, will host lively presentations on with hands-on demonstrations and a garden walk and talk.
Annuals - June 21
Shrubs - July 12
Perennials - July 26
A unique partnership between The Trustees and Proven Winners, Violet Riot: Bradley in Bloom transforms the formal gardens at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton into a purple and chartreuse celebration of the beauty, diversity, and drama of ornamental plants. We encourage you to visit several times over the summer, to catch the wide variety of blooms as they pop.
2017 Garden Hours:
Open Daily, sunrise to sunset, from Wednesday, June 14 through early fall
Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston, right off of Rt. 128 in Canton, it’s easy to feel as though you are stepping back in time to a bygone era when visiting the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate. Originally called Cherry Hill, the estate was designed for Dr. Arthur Tracy Cabot in 1912 by Charles Adams Platt, a prominent American artist, landscape architect, and architect of the "American Renaissance" movement who was renowned for creating impressive country home designs that were complemented by their gardens and natural surroundings.
Platt designed the estate as a fully functional gentleman’s farm with the formal, latticed-wall garden located in the back of the home as the centerpiece. After her husband’s death in 1912, Dr. Cabot’s wife, Susan retained ownership of the property until 1945 when her husband’s niece, Eleanor Cabot Bradley and her husband Ralph acquired the estate. An avid horticulturist, Eleanor and her husband worked to preserve the genteel gardening traditions of the property, adding a camellia house, greenhouse, an art studio, ponds and a wide variety of specimen ornamental trees and plantings. The estate was a bequest of Eleanor Cabot Bradley in 1991.
Last year The Trustees hired the talented landscape designer and horticulturist Jeff Thompson to begin reinvigorating the landscape and gardens at the Bradley Estate. Thompson led The Trustees into a collaboration with the nationally and internationally recognized Proven Winners horticulture brand – which grows and supplies the highest quality and top performing shrubs, perennials, and annuals available in the industry – to advise on and source the majority of the new garden’s plantings. Having worked with Proven Winners in the past to create Signature Garden showcasing the entrance walkway to the Buffalo Botanical Garden in New York, Thompson has chosen a colorful palette of their tried and true flowers and shrubs that both complement the home and surrounding landscape and will flourish in the garden. Plantings will range from an assortment of established favorites like The Supertunia® line of hybrid Petunias – featuring the award winning Supertunia Royal Velvet®, Black Lace™ Elderberry, and Fishnet Stockings Coleus, to brand-new varieties like Green with Envy™ and After Midnight™ Sweet Potato Vines (from the Sweet Caroline Bewitched series), Storm Cloud Bluestar, and Angelface® Super Blue Summer Snapdragon. Something important to note: Proven Winners does not use neonicotinoids, pesticides suspected in the honeybee colony collapse disorder.
Trustees Gardens Statewide
The Trustees collection of public gardens range from the playful Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate designed gardens at Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark in Stockbridge, to the Olmsted Brothers and Arthur Shurcliff-designed grand gardens of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich. Trustees’ public gardens are a living documentary of diverse Massachusetts horticulture and design traditions, blending great scenic beauty, important ecological habitat, and nationally renowned buildings and gardens with plantings that range from rare native species to one-of-a-kind cultivars. Unlike traditional public gardens, The Trustees provide visitor experiences at these sites that convey the delicate balance between the designed and the natural, between introduced and indigenous plantings, and the impacts of people on place, inviting them to engage, to learn, to volunteer and to form a deeper appreciation for their beauty and preservation. To learn more about how to explore and experience The Trustees’ magnificent collections of gardens around the state, visit http://www.thetrustees.org/gardens.