The Garden Guide

Roosevelt Campobello Gardens

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's parents were among the wealthy Americans built holiday homes on Campobello Island in the late nineteenth century. FDR's summer home is one of several in the International Park: Wells-Shober Cottage, Hubbard Cottage, Prince Cottage, and Johnston Cottage. The Roosevelt 'Cottage Garden' has 'dinner plate' dahlia and begonia beds and in fact most of the plants found in the Park's gardens are annuals or perennials treated as annuals - very much in the tradition of Mixed Style Victorian gardens. To see the bedding displays, the best garden visiting months are July and August.

Head Gardener's Comment

Although the Park's gardens are not historically accurate to the Roosevelt era (nor are they advertised as being so) many of the varieties found in the Park's gardens could have been found in Victorian gardens.

Many of our visitors' strongest memories of the Park are memories relating to our gardens.

Photograph © Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Photograph © readontheroad
Photograph © Roosevelt Campobello International Park


With the signing of an international treaty on January 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson and Prime Minister Lester Pearson created the Roosevelt Campobello International Park as a memorial to President Roosevelt. The park is a tangible symbol of the enduring friendship between Canada and the United States. It is Canadian soil that has become part of America's heritage, preserved for the future through the commitment of the citizens and governments of both countries.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park is a combination indoor/outdoor site that is renowned internationally and contributes to the popularity of the Province of New Brunswick as a tourism destination. Plan to spend an hour touring the Visitor Center, Roosevelt Cottage, and flower gardens. Spend several hours in the Park’s 1,134-hectare (2,800-acre) Natural Area, where you can explore walking trails, beaches, bogs, forest, and spectacular ocean headlands - or enjoy a picnic with an ocean or lighthouse view.

Plants of note

When blooming, the exhibition-grade "dinner plate" dahlias are always a favorite.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park, 459 Route 774, Welshpool, New Brunswick, Canada, E5E 1A4

The Roosevelt Summer Home is open seven days a week from the Saturday following Victoria Day through Canadian Thanksgiving (the Saturday prior to U.S. Memorial Day through U.S. Columbus Day). Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ADT (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT). The Park's Visitor Center remains open through October 31. After the Roosevelt Summer Home has closed for the season, the Visitor Center and grounds are open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ADT (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT).


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