The Bissonnette Gardens (formerly known as Waddington Gardens) are a re-creation of many of the gardens that existed in Oglebay in the early 1900s. Visitors are enticed to wander on red brick paths through the ever-changing flower displays, hanging baskets and majestic trees. These lovely sites are made even more memorable by the addition of soft landscape lighting and water displays.
From mid April to early May you’ll find tulips, hyacinths, pansies and daffodils. June to September the gardens come alive with a bright array of annuals including begonias, impatiens, petunias, fuchias and geraniums. Then the show comes to a close with the brilliant glow of chrysanthemums from mid September through late October.
This beautiful 16 acre garden area was re-dedicated in September 1999 to Joseph F. Bissonnette who served as director of development for the Wheeling Park Commission from 1975 until 1992.A self-guided audio tour and historical photo tour is available at 10 stations.