Explore a storied former New Bedford nursery turned vibrant park and South Coast horticultural gem.
The late Allen C. Haskell, a lifelong New Bedford resident and famed horticulturist, assembled these six acres—the site of a traditional New England-style common, beautiful historic gardens, and one of the oldest homes in the city—over more than 30 years. Today, it’s a public park and unlikely botanical respite, blooming in the heart of New Bedford.
Stroll along meandering paths, explore the greenhouses and historic brick buildings, and linger by the beds planted with local favorites as well as exotic rarities. A medley of trees—Japanese maples, six varieties of boxwood, and several specimen trees—loom over artfully landscaped grounds. And if you have young ones at your side, the Outdoor Discovery Garden, with spaces for growing plants, creating art, climbing, crawling, and playing, offers a fun way for children to connect to nature.
FREE to all.
787 Shawmut Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02746
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.
Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.
We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.
Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens is open Sunrise to Sunset 7 days a week.
No dogs or other pets are allowed on the property.
Parking is located on the street on Shawmut Avenue.
The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full photo and video policy here.
We want you to experience Trustees reservations to their fullest, whether you're spending time with friends and family or seeking quiet time by yourself.
Two beloved Trustees gardens—Long Hill and The Stevens-Coolidge Place—to become garden and horticultural destinations.
Part of our mission is to protect the scenic, historic, and ecological treasures of each reservation while providing access for visitors.
Allen Clifton Haskell symbolized the best of New Bedford – grit, determination, ingenuity and an outward vision that once brought New Bedford whalers to every corner of the globe and later won international acclaim for Haskell as everyone from European royalty to local do-it-yourself gardeners made pilgrimages to his fabled Shawmut Avenue nursery described as “heaven on earth.”
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