The Elizabeth Park Conservancy is a small, non profit organization that works with the City of Hartford to maintain and preserve the gardens and grounds of Elizabeth Park. We do this through fundraising and grant writing and by providing volunteers to help care for the gardens.
Our need for volunteers throughout the growing season (late March to early December) is ongoing and we offer a range of options for individuals or groups. While gardening experience is helpful, it's not essential to volunteer at the park. The Conservancy provides tools, gloves and instruction to volunteer groups.
In 1977, a small group on concerned citizens banded together to save and restore the nation's oldest municipal rose garden located at Elizabeth Park. Through fundraising and volunteerism, The Friends of Elizabeth Park were successful and soon expanded their efforts to other gardens of the park.
In 2012, Friends of Elizabeth Park changed their name to Elizabeth Park Conservancy, but the mission remains the same. Elizabeth Park Conservancy works with the City of Hartford to maintain and preserve the gardens and grounds of this historic horticultural park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as one of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures.