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Winter Hours: 10am - 5pm Daily: Mid October - Mid April
Summer Hours: 10am - 10pm Daily
: Mid April - Mid September
Fall Hours: 10am - 9pm Daily: Mid September - Mid October

For safety reasons, the Sunken Garden may remain locked during inclement weather conditions. Animals must always remain on a controlled leash within the park.

The Sunken Garden includes three acres of European classical formal gardens. The garden's graceful historic fountains, paved walkways and benches throughout the landscape, make it a gorgeous and relaxing retreat from city life. The gardens are planted with two different seasonal displays a year. Both the gardens and the conservatory are completely handicap accessible.


On October 29, 1916 the Sunken Garden was dedicated and opened to the public. Like the Conservatory, the Sunken Garden was built by the design of respected German landscape architect George Edward Kessler. It included brick walks, three lighted fountains and concrete vases at the walk intersections seen in the picture below
By the end of the 1930's the Sunken Garden had grown and matured. The plantings were lush, but their general layout still conformed to Kessler's original formal design. The formal gardens were originally surrounded by outlying informal perennial planting beds and curving fish ponds that are no longer present (below).
Today the areas that were formerly outlying perennial beds are now large formal turf areas used frequently throughout the warmer months for wedding ceremonies and an ongoing summer concert series known as Music in the Garden. There are 2 main floral displays that change each year in the Sunken Garden: spring tulips which generally peak in mid-April, and summer annuals that peak June-September.

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