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 unique botanic garden visitors often describe as magical, you’ll find a naturalistic 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. Here you’ll find inspiration for your own garden and a new appreciation for the varied plant life of our region. To get a preview before you come, or for those who cannot visit in person, we invite you to enjoy this virtual visit.

Location

180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701
T 508.877.7630
F 508.877.3658

Get directions from your location via Google maps. Please note: Exits on I-90 (MassPike) have been renumbered. The exit to use for Garden in the Woods, formerly #12 (Framingham), is now #111 (still labeled Framingham). Your mapping software may not yet show the change. 

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Hours

Open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (last admission: 4 p.m.)

Admission (in season)

Tickets are available at the Visitor Center when you arrive.

  • $16 Adults (18-64)
  • $12 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. 
  • Our members at the Individual with Garden Access level and higher admitted free
  • Please leave pets at home. Service dogs are welcome.

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 other power-driven devices used for mobility assistance (with the exception of wheelchairs and scooters) on the paths at Garden in the Woods or in our sanctuaries. Only the entrance plateau at Garden in the Woods is accessible. The natural terrain of the property is too steep for wheelchairs, scooters, and most other motorized mobility devices and presents a safety hazard to visitors using such devices.

Amenities

Feel free to enjoy our outdoor picnic tables, located outside the Education Building. Restrooms are located inside the Visitor Center and also in Education Building, near the picnic tables. 

Tours (in season)

Audio Tour and Virtual Visit
Enrich your visit with our free smartphone audio tour app, which guides you through our 45 acres of plant displays. The app is available from Google Play and Apple's App Store. We suggest downloading it before arriving. 

Drop-in Tours (in Season)
We offer guided walking tours of Garden in the Woods at the times listed below, on a drop-in basis. Walking tours last 60-90 minutes and follow the one-mile main path loop. These drop-in tours are complimentary with admission. Guided tours are subject to the availability of volunteer tour guides. 

Drop-in tour schedule for April, May, and June:

  • Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Drop-in tour schedule for July, August, September, and October

  • Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
  • Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Scheduled Tours (in Season)
Visitors may schedule cart tours and group tours, depending on the availability of volunteer garden guides. Scheduled tours cost $4.00 per person in addition to Garden admission. Our golf cart holds five passengers and is driven by a garden guide. You must request reservations for cart tours and group tours at least three weeks in advance of the desired visit, using this form

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Garden Guidelines

Some things to check before you visit

General Rules

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.
  • 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.

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 other power-driven devices used for mobility assistance (with the exception of wheelchairs and scooters) on the paths at Garden in the Woods or in our sanctuaries. Only the entrance plateau at Garden in the Woods is accessible. The natural terrain of the property is too steep for wheelchairs, scooters, and most other motorized mobility devices and presents a safety hazard to visitors using such devices. 

Thank you!

Garden in the Woods Curtis Woodland Path, UL

Find Your Path

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

Download Garden Map
sandwich for boxed lunch

Don't Leave Hungry

Order a boxed lunch three days before your visit to the Garden, and it will be here when you arrive. Click below to see the menu and order online. Questions? Email us or call the Garden Shop at Garden in the Woods: or 508-877-7630 x3601.

Order a Boxed Lunch
Trillium erectum - Uli Lorimer

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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