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Fuller Gardens, North Hampton

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Fuller Gardens is a seaside public botanical garden located at 10 Willow Avenue in the town of North Hampton, New Hampshire, United States, in a historic area known as "Little Boars Head". Developed in the early 20th century, the gardens are set on three acres (1.2 ha) and feature formal rose gardens, a Japanese garden, English perennial borders, a tropical and desert conservatory, tulip and annual beds, a hosta garden and a dahlia display area. The gardens are open to the public daily from mid-May through mid-October.

The gardens were created as an ornament to the grand summer estate "Runnymede-by-the-Sea" by businessman and Massachusetts governor Alvan T. Fuller. The original design was by Arthur Shurtcleff, who was the architect of record when the estate was built in 1927. Shortly thereafter in 1931, Alvan Fuller contacted Olmstead Brothers to redesign the grounds. The gardens were expanded to include the recent purchase of an adjacent property and was to include formal rose gardens rather than cutting gardens as was included in the Shurtcleff design. The Olmstead design was in the Colonial Revival style and includes many statues and fountains that were collected by Fuller during his travels through Europe.

The summer estate was removed in 1962 due to the wishes of Fuller, so that visitors to the gardens could have an unobstructed view of the Atlantic. The Fuller Gardens are now run as a non-profit organization by the Fuller Foundation of New Hampshire. Daily admissions and a large member base help support nearly half of its operating costs. There are many social and horticultural events throughout the season.
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  • These gardens are quite spectacular. Lots of roses and other flowers, a beautiful conservatory and a Japanese garden. The color and flower combinations are beautiful and the gardens as a whole are... 
    These gardens are quite spectacular. Lots of roses and other flowers, a beautiful conservatory and a Japanese garden. The color and flower combinations are beautiful and the gardens as a whole are...  more »
  • We came mid July and there were very few roses in bloom but the dahlias made up for it. Spectacular blooms. The greenhouse has the most extraordinary collection of succulents. 
    We came mid July and there were very few roses in bloom but the dahlias made up for it. Spectacular blooms. The greenhouse has the most extraordinary collection of succulents.  more »

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