Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens

Discover rare trees, exotic flowers, and peaceful public green space in New Bedford’s urban North End at Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens. With six acres of beautifully landscaped historic gardens and one of the city’s oldest homes, this former nursery, protected by The Trustees, celebrates its previous owner’s dedication to horticulture.

Discover Buzzards Bay Sponsored By primary sponsor logo
Discover Buzzards Bay Sponsored By

Features

For over 30 years, lifelong New Bedford resident Allen C. Haskell cared for this property as a successful nursery. Haskell was so known for his horticultural talents that celebrities like Martha Stewart and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were among his fans. After Haskell’s passing, The Trustees saved the property in 2012 to protect this unique urban garden from development.

Today, the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens feature six acres of carefully designed gardens, greenhouses, and one of the oldest houses in New Bedford, all arranged around a wide green common space — perfect for a sunlit picnic or to explore with a camera. Pick up some bulbs, plants, and seeds at the visitor’s center, or learn a new gardening skill at one of the horticultural workshops Haskell Gardens hosts throughout the year.

Trails

Chairs beneath trees at Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford

Take a seat and read a book or enjoy a restful lunch beneath the trees at Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens.

Flat, wide paths meander through Haskell Gardens and around the central commons, guiding you past some of the property’s interesting historical features. (Download property map)

On the north side of the commons, the path leads past the Hathaway House, built in 1725 (now a private residence), and the chicken coops where Allen Haskell used to keep his beloved exotic fowl. Follow the path around the commons to view an old stone cattle run and rotating exhibits created by local artists. Tables, chairs, and benches along the paths offer numerous nooks to stop and relax with a book, enjoy a quiet lunch, or simply watch birds and butterflies flit by.

Habitats & Wildlife

The Haskell Gardens are a great place to view rare and unusual plants, such as the endangered dawn redwood tree or the seven-son flower, which is native to China. In the spring, the gardens are bright with blossoming flowers, and the greenhouses fill with exotic blooms from around the world; in the fall, Japanese maples burst with fiery colors.

These grounds also serve as a green oasis for wildlife within this urban residential neighborhood. Flowers attract a variety of local pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Songbirds roost in the trees in the spring and summer, providing a lovely soundtrack for a picnic.

Property Owned By

The Trustees preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

Details
Size: 6 acres
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Parking: Street parking on garden side of Shawmut Avenue; contact staff for off-street handicapped parking
Cost: Free
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: No
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables, Visitor Center
ADA Accessible: Yes

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
787 Shawmut Ave.
New Bedford, MA 02746
41.654881, -70.945039

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens
New Bedford, MA
View larger map

Related Stories

Three-year “B-WET” grant will fund outdoor exploration for New Bedford students

Thanks to a new grant, the Coalition will have the funding to continue and expand programs that immerse New Bedford students in Buzzards Bay.

Full Story ›
278 swimmers raise $170,000 and counting for clean water at 26th annual Buzzards Bay Swim

278 swimmers dove into outer New Bedford Harbor on Saturday, June 22 to celebrate clean and healthy water in Buzzards Bay during the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 26th annual Buzzards Bay Swim.

Full Story ›
25 local fishing charters to get you out on Buzzards Bay

Chartering a boat gives you an opportunity to fish Buzzards Bay's deeper waters with the guidance of experienced captains.

Full Story ›

Upcoming Events Near Here

Fort Taber Fishing Clinic
Sun, September 22
10:00AM - 2:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 06
Sakonnet Point, RI to Woods Hole,
Falmouth

Nearby Places To Go

Brooklawn Park

Located in the urban North End of New Bedford, Brooklawn Park is refuge for local residents seeking some fresh air.

The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

Buttonwood Park

Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

What You Can Do

In Your Backyard

Lawn fertilizer, garden pesticides, and yes, even our beloved dogs can be sources of pollution to Buzzards Bay. With a few simple actions, you can do your part to prevent water pollution to our harbors, coves, and rivers. Try these 5 easy ways to make your backyard Bay-friendly.

Read More ›