Location: Wickham Park
Wickham Park is a non-profit, private foundation whose property extends into both Manchester and East Hartford, Connecticut. The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities, and other attractions.
The scenic views, the history and the activities that Wickham Park offers is an experience no one will soon forget. On a warm day in July, Park Director Jeff Maron showcased the non-profit park to the Media Lab beginning at the park’s newest addition, the Sensory Garden. The sights, sounds and smells of the year-old garden were unique and inclusive, making the experience accessible to all. The park took a creative license to include a sixth sense, imagination. Nonnative plants, including a banana tree, and memorable statues were the focal points of the last section on our walk through the Sensory Garden.
Leaving our imagination behind, we continued our journey through Wickham Park to the aviary, a home to both exotic and native birds as well as birds that have been injured in the wild. From the vibrant feathers on the peacock to the loud calls of the chickens, the birds made a point to be seen. Even as we left for the Nature Center, the birds could be heard as if we were still standing just a few feet from their cage.
Wild birds in cages is one thing, but would you really want to come face to face with a bear, a skunk, a coyote and a fox? Not likely, but in their less animated state in the Nature Center they could be appreciated close up. Next, Jeff told the Media Lab Wickham Park’s history. We learned that Mr. and Mrs. Wickham left the land in their will to become a non-profit foundation and has grown from 137 acres in 1961 when the park was established, to 250 acres today.
The Oriental Garden and the English Garden were the next stops on our tour. Both gardens had traditional sculptures and plants that captured the mood of their respective cultures. As the location for many weddings, the English Garden displays arbors and statues throughout, but it is the lively colors of the flowers that brought the garden to life. - Brian McKnight
- Welcome to Wickham Park
- Park Director Jeff Maron
- See What an Insect Sees
- Sensory Garden
- Sound Garden
- Filming in the Imagination Garden
- Journeys of the Imagination
- Hello Peacock
- Coyote in the Nature Center
- Oriental Garden
- Ducks in the Oriental Garden
- A Bumble Bee
- A Feather in the Grass
- A Scenic View
- A Bench with a View
- The View from Wickham Park
Interviewers: Ben Gordon, Molly FitzMaurice
Videographers: Greg Hill, Emily Kwong, Paul Pfeffer
Photographer: Emily Judd
Editor: Brian McKnight
Animators: Sam Hockaday, Alex Bodner
Director of Educational Services: Donna Sodipo
Manager of Educational Services: Paul Pfeffer
Director of Online Services: Derrick Ellis
Web Designer: Lauren Nauheimer
Many thanks to Jeff Maron and the Wickham Park Staff.
To learn more visit http://www.wickhampark.org/