Dedicated on May 4, 2001, the Caroline C. Black Garden is nestled on the banks of the Thames River in the midst of a 750-acre site known as the Connecticut College Arboretum. For 75 years, the four-acre garden has served not only as a peaceful respite from the rigors of college life, but as a teaching and research classroom for botany students.
The garden was established in the mid-1920’s by Caroline Black, the first chairwoman of the college’s Botany Department, and was named in her honor following her sudden death in 1930.
Upon entering the garden, visitors are treated to a Crimson Queen Japanese Maple taken from a cutting brought to the college in the 1950s – the first one brought to the northeast. The garden features both white oak and copper beech trees and a collection of holly plants from around the world. On the far edge of the site is a manmade water feature which slopes down to a pond filled with goldfish and across an open area is an herb collection. Designed to provide color throughout the year, the heavily wooded area includes mature evergreens and ornamental grass beds.
As part of the Caroline Black garden dedication, a Peace Essay competition was held at Connecticut College. The winning essay was written by Emily Fagin, Class of 2003. Please click here to read her essay.
For more information on the Caroline C. Black Garden please visit their website here.