Buttrick Gardens History

Looking north, towards the house, mid-1930’s. Courtesy of the Concord Public Library.
View of the sunken garden, early 1940’s.
From National Geographic Magazine, May 1959.

The Buttrick estate’s gardens are located at the North Bridge Visitor Center of the Minute Man National Historical Park. They are a significant as an example of a 20th-century designed landscape and are attributed to local landscape architects Harold Hill Blossom and Charles H. Wheeler. The gardens are integral to the 6-acre historic landscape surrounding the National Register-listed 1911 Buttrick House.

The formal gardens are renowned for their collection of iris, bred by Stedman Buttrick (1901-1969), while the more naturalistic terrace garden affords a beautiful view of the Concord River. The gardens are beloved by the local community, and every year, over half a million visitors enjoy the gardens as part of their visit to the park. The gardens overlook the North Bridge, the site of the opening battle of the American Revolution.

Learn More

Cultural Landscape Report for the Buttrick House Gardens, published by the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation in 2010 (this is a large file and may take a few minutes to download).

Stedman Buttrick Jr. (1929-2011 ) Oral History at the Concord Public Library

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