Gardens at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Summer Garden Scavenger Hunts

In New England, tulips bloom in the spring and roses bloom in the summer, right? But even in a small area like the museum grounds, the same flowers can bloom at different times because they are in different “microclimates”—areas that may get less sun, or more protection from spring frosts, or even warmth from our buildings!

You can be a citizen scientist and use your observational skills to help us discover the microclimates here at the museum when you’re visiting—all you need is your phone! The links below will take you to scavenger hunts for various gardens on the museum grounds. When you’re visiting the museum, click on the garden you’re observing and then check off all of the flowers you see blooming in that garden. When you’re done, hit “Submit,” and follow the link provided to learn about the plants in that garden, how Gilded Age gardeners used them, and how our talented gardeners use them today.

The Fran Gordon Garden

The Rose Garden

The Turn-around and Carriage House Gardens

The Rose Garden

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The Fran Gordon Garden

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The Turn-Around & Carriage House Gardens

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