Native Plant Trust

Garden in the Woods

A Botanic Garden Like No Other

Discover the beauty of native plants in a naturally dramatic landscape

In a garden visitors often describe as magical, you’ll find beauty that changes with the seasons, a variety of habitats, and a plant collection that showcases New England native plants with complementary specimens from across the country. Garden in the Woods lies just west of Boston, on 45 acres sculpted by retreating glaciers into eskers, steep-sided valleys, and a kettle pond. A shaded brook and wetlands draw a panoply of animals and insects. Light filters through canopy trees onto spring flowers in the newly revived Curtis Woodland Garden, the gateway to a series of habitat displays that pay tribute to the larger New England landscape. Here you’ll find inspiration for your own garden and a new appreciation for the varied plant life of our region.

Location

180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701
T 508.877.7630
F 508.877.3658

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Hours

Open daily, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
April 14—October 15

Admission

  • $14 Adults (18-64)
  • $10 Seniors (65+)/Students with ID
  • $6 Youth (5-17)
  • Free for children under 5
  • Active servicemen and women and their spouses admitted free with valid military ID Veterans receive 50 percent discount with proof of service. 
  • Members at the Individual with Garden Access level and higher admitted free
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Trilliums!

Visit the most extensive collection in New England during our annual celebration

Trilliums (genus Trillium) are among the delights of a New England spring, and our Trillium collection at Garden in the Woods erupts in a rare spectacle that delights aficionados of these subtle woodland beauties. The 21 species in our collection, the most extensive north of Delaware, bloom in shades of deep red to creamy white over the course of several weeks, peaking during our annual Trillium Week celebration (May 5–11 this year). During the week, we offer tours, special events, and the rare opportunity to purchase trilliums to plant at home. (Click here to see details and register for events!)

In the wild, the three species native to the region—nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum), white trillium (T. grandiflorum), and red trillium (T. erectum)—rely on moist soil, ample aeration, and soil fungi (mycorrhizae) of the genus Rhizoctonia. These conditions are difficult to replicate artificially, chiefly because of the intricate microscopic fungal interactions taking place in the soil. Over the last decade, we have piloted a successful technique to propagate the common varieties of trillium for sale in our Garden Shops, making them readily available for your garden. But buyer beware. We've observed that even for newcomers to the species, the passion for trilliums is highly contagious.


Garden Guidelines

Some things to know before you visit

Please:

  • Leave pets at home. Service dogs are welcome.
  • Stay on the paths to preserve our living collections.
  • Do not pick flowers, fruits, or plants.
  • Do not smoke anywhere on the premises.
  • Picnic only on the patio by the Education Building.
  • Reserve in advance when visiting with a group of 10 or more.
  • Come back to marvel at the changing seasonal beauty.
For photographers:
  • We don't allow any commercial photography or group photo sessions for weddings, family portraits, engagements, celebrations, or similar gatherings. (If you're a member of the press, please call to make advance arrangements: 508-877-7630.)
  • We know you'll be absorbed in capturing images, but please take care to stay on the paths—and don't even think about disturbing the plants to get a better effect.
  • Please don't block the paths or stand in the way of other visitors.
  • Want some tips for photographing plants? Download these suggestions from our ace photographer and research botanist, Arthur Haines.

For the safety of all visitors and the protection of plant collections and other natural resources, we do not allow bicycles, off-road vehicles, and vehicles or motorized devices used for mobility assistance (with the exception of wheelchairs) on the paths at Garden in the Woods or in our sanctuaries. The terrain is also too steep for most wheelchairs. If you have mobility issues, we welcome you to request a cart tour.

Thank you!

Guided Tours of the Garden

Choose from these tour options and schedules

Take a Drop-in Walking Tour 

Included free with Garden admission, informal walking tours meet in front of the Garden's Visitor Center according to a changing seasonal schedule. No need to make a reservation. 

April-August

Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

September-October

Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Saturday at 2 p.m.


September-October

Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Saturday at 2 p.m.

Reserve a Walking or Golf Cart Tour for Your Group

If you belong to an organization for adults, like a senior center or a garden club, your group can reserve a walking tour, for a fee (see below). Please reserve at least three weeks in advance. For the busy spring and fall seasons, we suggest booking several months in advance. (If you are interested in arranging a school group visit, please see our school programs page.) Need mobility assistance? We also offer golf-cart tours.

Walking tours: Available Monday-Sunday; can accommodate 10-50 people

Cart tours: Available Monday through Friday; can accommodate 2-7 people 

Fees for walking or cart tours: $2/person + admission.
Our Group and Group Plus members receive a 10 percent discount on one group tour.

Click here to make a reservation.

Don't Go Away Hungry!

Face it, nobody enjoys anything when they're hungry. Order a boxed lunch at least 48 hours before you visit and enjoy it at one of our picnic tables before or after your tour. Our delicious boxed lunches comprise a selection of sandwiches and salads. Click here to complete this order form:  Individual Boxed Lunches 2019NPT.pdf

Remember to order no later than 48 hours before your visit. 

Questions? Call us: 508-877-7630 x3601.

Book Our Meeting Space

Our fully outfitted classroom is available for rental during the week.

Does your garden club need a monthly meeting space? Looking for a completely equipped classroom to hold a workshop or board meeting for your land trust? 

From June through March, we make the classroom in our education center available for organizational meetings and events for groups of up to 75 people. The approximately 785-square-foot space lies on the building's ground floor, is universally accessible (including bathrooms), and features a wall of windows overlooking the Garden. 

Amenities

  • An adjoining kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and oven. Your group can choose its preferred vendor for food and beverages, or bring self-serve lunches. We do not permit alcohol on the premises.
  • The room is equipped with heat and air conditioning, tables, chairs, and an AV system and screen, all included in the rental.
  • You can set up the room in a variety of ways, including dividing it into two separate spaces with a sound-proof partition.
  • Depending on the season, your group may use the adjacent covered, open-air stone patio, outfitted with wooden picnic tables, for small outdoor sessions or picnics.
  • Guests attending your event may also explore our 45-acre botanic garden, featuring the largest landscaped collection of wildflowers in the Northeast. (However, we do not rent space in the Garden for outdoor events.) 
  • FYI, we no longer rent our classroom for private social gatherings such as bridal showers, retirement and birthday parties, and so on. 

Availability and Rates

The room is available to rent from June through March, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rates depend on the number of people in your group:

          1-25 people: $400         26-50 people: $600        51-75 people: $900

  • Your rental fee includes admission to the Garden for your guests. If you are also hiring a Native Plant Trust speaker and/or booking a group tour (please see above), those fees are additional to the rental.
  • Groups may pay by check made out to Native Plant Trust or by MasterCard/Visa. 
  • We require an additional $250 cleaning deposit, which we return to your group if you leave the room in good condition. If paying by check, please bring two checks, one for the rental and one for the cleaning deposit. If the room is in good condition when your group leaves, we will return your deposit check on the way out. If the group pays for rental with a credit card, we would charge the cleaning deposit to the card used to pay for the rental, if warranted.
  • For more detailed information, download our rental info packet and rental agreement
Schedule a Rental

To book a rental or ask questions, contact Public Programs Coordinator Lindsey Schreier: lschreier@NativePlantTrust.org; 508-877-7630 x3303. 

Find Your path

Find Your Path

We have a lot of them to explore. This will help! 

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“A rich and stunning tapestry of the finest flora New England has to offer.”

—Trip Advisor
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Order Boxed Lunches

Call our Garden Shop 48 hours before you visit to order a boxed lunch!

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Visit Our Garden Shop

Buy native plants, browse garden books and gifts, or pick up a gift card. 

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Gratitude Gifts

If you love what you experience here, consider contributing to our annual fund, which supports the Garden and all else we do.

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Volunteer at the Garden

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We need help with many different tasks!

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