The Gardens

 "Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them." (Matthew 6:28-29)

The gardens at Enders Island occupy over one third of the Island's 11 acre property. What makes them so magnificent and distinctive is the abundance of hybridized dahlias, a unique flower known for its diversity in form and color. The flowers are so plentiful that Enders Island is currently recognized as one of the largest dahlia display gardens in New England.

Visitors can expect to see over 2,000 dahlias (in excess of 400 different varieties), with peak season spanning from mid-August to mid-September, when 90 percent of the flowers are in bloom. Many dahlias maintain their vibrant splendor until frost. Majestic stone walls, walkways, and statues add a reverent and reflective atmosphere to the gardens, while over 80 rose bushes release calming fragrances into the Island's crisp air. Grapes, apples, peaches, pears, and peppers also flourish in the Island's soil, later appearing in a variety of pies and jams crafted annually by staff and volunteers.

Enders Island welcomes all to come and discover for themselves the grace and splendor of its remarkable gardens - a true testimony to the love and commitment  of the Enders Island community. Unlike most display gardens, visitors can personally interact with the plant life on Enders Island. They can touch, smell, photograph, and experience the breathtaking results of the groundskeepers’ efforts firsthand.

We hope to see you soon.

Phone: (860) 536-0565

Fax: (860) 572-7655


1 Enders Island
PO Box 399
Mystic, CT 06355

Our Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(Closed Noon to 12:45 pm)

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