New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699
45-acre botanic garden for conservation of and education about native plant species with the largest collection of native species in New England
Explore the fascinating world of North American native plants on an ever-changing, beautiful landscape set on 45 acres. The Boston Globe stated, “there can be few more beautiful places on the planet.” Our living museum – the largest landscaped collection of native plants in New England – features over 1,000 native plant species in naturalistic displays, including the unique New England Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants. The Garden was begun in 1931 by noted landscape architect Will Curtis. Discover the Idea Garden, Woodland Garden, Lily Pond, Habitat Displays, Wildlife Garden, Meadow, Western Plant Collection, Invasive Plant Jail, Rain Garden, and more. The Garden Shop features a large collection of native plants, garden tools, books, souvenirs, clever clothing and bumper stickers. Special events include Earth Day, National Public Gardens Day, Animal Ambassadors programs, Fall Family Festival and more. Guided walking tours are given Tuesday through Friday and holiday Mondays at 10am, Weekends at 2pm.
- Guided walking tours included in admission, given at 10am Tuesday through Friday and holiday Mondays, or weekends at 2pm.
- Cart tours offered on weekday afternoons for those needing mobility assistance
- Garden Shop for native plants, tools, books, gifts, clothing and more open Tuesday through Sunday 9am-5pm
- Classes, workshops, and field trips offered – newenglandwild.org/learn
- Largest collection of native plants in New England
From Boston or West: Take Massachusetts Turnpike. (Exit 12) to Route 9 E; go 2.4 miles to Edgell Road exit; turn left at the lights at the top of the exit ramp onto Edgell Road (Route 9 overpass); go 2.1 miles to the traffic lights; take a right onto Water Street and a left onto Hemenway Road. Go north 1.0 miles (the road name changes to Eisenhower Road, but keep going). Turn left onto Catherine, and left again on Hemenway after one block (up a one-way road) to the entrance. There are green Garden in the Woods signs which point the way from Route 9.
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9am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, April 15 through October 31
Adults (18+) $10, Seniors (65+) $7, Youths (3-17) $5, Children under 3 and Members free.