United States of America, Connecticut, Hartford County, Hartford
Seaverns Garden (Hartford, Connecticut)
Seaverns Garden, owned by Charles Frederick Taft Seaverns, was laid out in serpentine beds of rock gardens with flowers, shrubs, and trees, including cypress, bordering swaths of lawn. Records in the Library of Congress indicate Seaverns was a client of the landscape architects, Olmsted Associates, in 1917 -1920.
Significant features of this garden are the serpentine-shaped perennial beds and the interconnected walkways dotted with conifers and ornamental shrubs planted along an expansive lawn. Thickly planted borders connect neighboring houses. Stone steps and a rock garden indicate a rolling terrain. In stark contrast, a clipped hedge and stone walkway runs along the perimeter of the property.
In 1958 Hartford College for Women (HCW) purchased the Seaverns estate on Asylum Avenue. The University of Hartford has owned the 13-acre Asylum Avenue campus since 1991, when HCW became part of the University.
Charles F.T. Seaverns graduated from Colby College in 1906 and later became a trustee and benefactor, giving his name to the football field. Seaverns was involved with the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, ca. 1930-1956, which was founded by his mother-in-law, Dotha Bushnell Hillyer in honor of her father, the Reverend Horace Bushnell.