Hildene was built by presidential son, Robert Lincoln in 1905 as his ancestral home.
The gardens here are an attraction in their own right. Early to mid-June more than 1,000 peony blossoms fill the formal garden. This phenomenon, known as the “Celebration of Peonies,” was named a Top 100 Event by ABA.
The garden is designed to resemble a stained glass window; the privet the lead, the flowers the glass. Colorful perennials replace peonies into the summer. Behind the Welcome Center, which is located in the original carriage barn, are vegetable, butterfly, cutting, kitchen, and observation gardens.
A catered lunch and/or Garden PowerPoint Presentation and Q & A with Hildene’s Horticulturist are popular add-ons for groups. The Hildene experience also includes the Lincolns’ home, President Lincoln’s hat, exhibits, goat dairy, cheese-making facility, 1903 Pullman Palace car, Welcome Center and The Museum Store.
Group Policy and Rates:
Groups of 20 or more. Guided tours by reservation only, based on availability. $16.00 per person, escort and driver complimentary. Behind the Scenes Archives Tours and other Add-ons add $6.00 per person. Garden Presentation and Q &A with Hildene Horticulturist add $6.00 per person. Catered lunches available by reservation. Allow 4 hours for your visit.