|Coe Memorial Park was given to the Citizens of Torrington by Edward Turner Coe, Ella Seymour Coe, and Adelaide Eliza Coe-Godfrey in memory of their parents, Eliza Seymour Coe and Lyman Wetmore Coe, in 1907. The property comprises nearly five acres including the Alvord property, of which the Carriage Barn shown below was originally a part. The structures of the Coe Family, including the Family residence, a wonderful Victorian, a large glass Victorian greenhouse, carriage sheds and a stone and concrete gazebo, were torn down in 1914 at the request of the Family. The Coe Family was responsible for introducing a rarity in the Horticulture world to US garden enthusiasts, a colored water lily that they imported from Paris. Their property included formal gardens and sunken ponds. Ten years ago the then Mayor of Torrington, Mary Jane Gryniuk, appointed a committee for Coe Memorial Park. The Coe Memorial Park Mission Statement reads: "To create within the downtown area of Torrington a first class horticultural oasis in accordance and in strict adherence to the intent of the Coe Family benefactors and the Coe-Godfrey Trust".|
|The Victorian Promenade Area is located in the northern-most part of the Park, as viewed from Litchfield Street. This area was designed in 2006, named the "Victorian Promenade" area, and features the Mayor's Youth Council's Commemorative Cherry Trees. In all, seven new Garden areas were completed between 2005 and 2008. This brings the total Garden areas to thirty-one in the park, all with their own select specimen plants and color schemes. The Cherry trees, bulbs, and perennials offer an exiciting spring display.
Caramel Heucheras (old fashioned coral bells), as well as the bulbs are planted in all four of these beds. Also planted are Hidcote and Munstead Lavendula and Bergenia Cordifolia. The latter has a waxy cabbage like leaf similiar to begonias and was a favorite of the Victorians for their display gardens. It has a deep pink flower in the spring.
In the fall of 2005, 20,000 bulbs were planted in the Park Gardens. In the Fall of 2006, 5,000 more were added. Thus, with each spring comes a symphony of colors resulting in an unsurpassed "concerto" for Park visitors in three movements. (three weeks)
|The Birch Glade Area:
These massed displays of tulips will be replaced every four years. The tulip varieties include Salmon and Pink Impression, Apricot Parrot, Gaiety, Holland's Glory, Passionale, and my favourite, Professor De Monsseri. The Narcissus varieties, including Ice Folly, King Alfred, Camelot and Petrel are naturalizing in some of the Garden Rooms. Also, along a boundary fence are vibrant shades of yellows and soft white narcissus, which are naturalizing under the huge maples overlooking that area. It is hoped that this area will become a field of daffodils with continuous planting.
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|A RIOT of color extends the season with the flashy pink and fushia of the hybrid Profusion Zinnias. These are carefree annuals that bloom all season. Add the silver of the Lavendula and the sturdy waxy foliage of Bergenia Cordyfolis and you have quite the spectacular display. The "Miss Kim" lilacs add their scented parfume to the mix from early June through to July. A palette of soft fragrance was planned, which adds to the quiet appeal of peaceful solitude for the many residents that enjoy this area.|
| During the heat of the summer, the Birch Glade features the annuals, scarlet milkweed "Asclepias curvassavica" and snow white "Argyranthemum" daisies. This is the area which attracts many butterflies, hummingbirds, and golden hued finches. Perennials include the Hemerocallis Stella De Oro, Autumn Joy Sedums, hostas, and Purpurea, Green Envy, which is a new hybrid Echinacea.
In the background can be seen the Crescent Beds and the Ivy Glen. Pictured below are both in all their glory. In the spring time this area is a festive carnival of daffadils and tulips laced with spring forget me-nots. The Germanicas " Stairway to Heaven" and" Lacy Snowflake" bloom in late spring, early summer and late fall..
|One of the Crescent Beds and the Ivy Glen forms the backdrop.
"May Night" Nemorosa send their spikes of deep violet flowers skyward in the spring and with constant dead-heading the colorful spikes continue on into early autumn.
The silvery foliage of the Perovskia Russian Sage Atriplicifolia lends its scented fragrance to the white annual self sown cleome. Pictured amongst the Germanica are Foxy Marjorie Chrysanthemums which are a perfact match for the Singer Dahlias. The Cement planters boast peach canna lilies which are kept over each winter and replanted. The variegated foliage in these planters are "Alocasia Frydek" Elephant Ears.
|In the early spring, the Crescent Gardens boast Blue Pearl Hyacinth bulbs which add their color to the wild Myosotis Sylvatica commonly known as Forget-Me Nots. These are truly one of my favorite flowers and can be found growing wild in parts of North America, Europe and New Zealand. They were originally found in a field in West Cornwall, brought to Gwenythe's gardens and allowed to multiply. They now add their singular grace and sky blue color to all the gardens in her care. These are invasive and are kept under control by judicious pricking out and clever pruning for a small hedge-row shape.|
|The Ivy Glen looking over towards the Crescent Beds are lushly planted with many varieties of wildflowers, ferns, specimen Hostas, Bleeding Hearts, purple Campanellas, and pink and white Dianthus.|
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