The Garden of the Sea is a charming 0.25-acre park with three large garden beds full of flowers and plants that were specifically chosen to attract and serve various pollinators. It doesn’t take much space to provide this type of habitat, and therefore these gardens work very well in urban settings. Though not all the plants in the garden are native, they provide ecological value and enhance the aesthetic appearance of this small downtown park. It is an ideal place to bring a blanket and have a picnic lunch.
This property became a garden in 1980 when Walter Beineke, Jr. sold the property to Joan Manley and Jane Stroup. They had a nursery business that focused on heathers, daylilies, and ornamental grasses which was quite beautiful and enhanced the neighborhood aesthetic. Today, the property also contains a monument dedicated to a historic resident of Angola Street, Arthur Cooper, who achieved freedom from slavery and was protected by the community when this freedom was threatened. Mr. Cooper was one of the founding members of the Zion Church and lived the remainder of his days as a free man with his family on Nantucket.
14 & 16 Candle House Lane
From downtown, head southwest on Main Street toward Orange Street, turn left onto Pleasant Street, and then turn right onto Candle House Lane. The garden will be on your left.
Land Bank trails are marked by the post shown here.