A Glimpse Into Fuller Gardens...North Hampton NH - Part One

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A Glimpse Into Fuller Gardens in North Hampton NH - Part One

One of my favorite places to visit on the Seacoast is Fuller Gardens in North Hampton NH. Located at 10 Willow Avenue off scenic Route 1A (Ocean Boulevard), Fuller Gardens in North Hampton NH is the ornamental garden Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller created for his wife, Viola, at their summer estate, Runnymede-by-the-Sea.

This 2 1/2 acre property is a true turn-of-the-century  estate garden. Although Runnymede was dismantled in 1961 per the wishes of Alvan, the ornamental gardens remain. Fuller commissioned the design and construction of these famous ornamental gardens in the 1920's under the direction of award winning landscape architect Arthur Shurtleff. Today, maintenance of the estate gardens is done under the auspices of the Fuller Foundation of New Hampshire, founded after Fuller's death in 1958.

In 1938, at the request of Alavan T. Fuller, Cherry Hill Nurseries designed and installed the "side garden," a rose garden in the shape of a wheel with grass walkway "spokes" dividing beds of exquisite roses with an antique well head at the center.

The "front garden" was designed and installed by Olmstead Brothers of Boston and intended by Fuller to be more of a showpiece for passers-by, and could be viewed from the Fuller's second floor bedroom across the road in Runnymede-by-the-Sea. This is my kind of guy! What a romantic!

Fuller Gardens in North Hampton NH is open to the public during the blooming season. A nominal fee is requested to help the Foundation maintain the estate. If you should stop by for a visit, you will be greeted by a warm and enthusiastic staff and welcomed to let yourself be transported to another time. Please do!

This is the first in a series highlighting Fuller Gardens in North Hampton NH. As the season warms and the flowers bloom, I will be back with more photos of this extraordinary seaside gem. BTW, during the month of May, Fuller Gardens in North Hampton NH offers perennials for sale at reasonable prices. Despite the chilly temps, my Chris and I visited and picked up some new perennial offerings for our gardens!
Ornamental Tree
Parking Lot Planting Bed
Pink Tulip
Planting Bed

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Comments (9)

Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

What beautiful pictures, John. Fuller Gardens looks like a wonderful place to visit and definitely would be one I would love.

May 16, 2011 12:18 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Toni - On Saturday, the weather was absolutely dismal - cloudy, cold & windy. Spring up here is a couple of weeks behind normal, so many of the flowering displays have not bloomed yet. Can't wait to go back when the real show begins!

May 16, 2011 12:35 AM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

John, what a beautiful and colorful place for a walk - I would be there every day if I lived close by. Your flower photography is amazing.

May 16, 2011 02:23 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Elizabeth - I will definitely go back when the roses bloom. The side garden is amazing! There are gardens with just hostas of all kinds. Too much to describe in words, although you know me, I'll probably try. I've been studying Roy's work ;-)

May 16, 2011 03:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your spring flower pictures. Our season is ahead of you and we are really enjoying the spring flowers in Maryland.  I'll be watching for your posts.

 Blooming for home buyers!

May 16, 2011 04:23 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Roy - Yes, your Spring is a long way ahead of ours! Can't wait to catch up a bit. Hope all is well with both you and Dolores!

May 16, 2011 04:28 AM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Fuller Gardens in Hampden NH are lovely.  Your photos are lovely too John.  Thanks for sharing them and make my day better!

May 16, 2011 10:22 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Rene - Hope you got the message - Happy (Belated) Anniversary. Loved your post today!

May 16, 2011 01:37 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful pictures John!  It appears April Showers are a month late here on the Seacoast.  Sunny days soon I hope!

May 16, 2011 02:55 PM