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Hartford, Conn.: Less than 120 miles from Manhattan,
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Hartford, Conn.: Less than 120 miles from Manhattan, Hartford boasts one of the premier rose gardens in the country at Elizabeth Park (elizabethpark.org). With some 800 varieties and 15,000 plants, the rose garden covers two and a half acres. Elizabeth Park also houses gardens for herbs, annuals and more. (June 19, 2006)(Credit: AP)

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