Sometime in the mid 1850's, Reverend Horace Bushnell envisioned this beautiful Bushnell Park in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, in New England. The park was designed by Jacob Weidenmann who created charming paths through this park with magnificent rare and native trees to minimize and shield the garden from the noises of the city. There are some great areas throughout the park that visitors will enjoy, and will want to return to for a relaxing afternoon time and time again.
Bushnell Park has some spectacular spots to visit, such as:
- One of the most popular attractions in the park is the antique carousel that was built in 1914 and has 48 magnificent hand carved wooden horses accompanied by a wonderful Wurlitzer organ.
- The arboretum side of the park is perfectly designed with some Chinese Mahogany, Bald Cypress, Ash, Gingko, Oak, Encommia, and many other marvelous trees.
- One of the most picturesque spots in the garden is the Japanese Pagoda that is a perfect spot for a picnic or place to relax.
- A lovely pond is one of the centerpieces near the Carousel, and is surrounded by some lovely stainless steel statues and sculptures.
- John Corning donated a magnificent fountain that is surrounded by statues of the Saukiog Indians and topped with a magnificent moose.
This Bushnell Park is a wonderful place to spend a day strolling through the beautiful gardens of the arboretum, and enjoying the statuary, fountains, the beauty of nature in the city.