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.

Visitors may enjoy Garden in the Woods without purchasing tickets in advance, though this option is available for your convenience. 

Location

180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701
T 508.877.7630
F 508.877.3658

Get directions from your location via Google maps. Please be aware that 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. Please see Garden Guidelines, in the box below, for important information about visitor parking (including a parking map). 

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Hours

Open daily through October 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission at 4 p.m. 

Admission

Tickets are available at the Visitor Center when you arrive or in advance online (use the green button below).

  • $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. 
  • 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 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. 

Tours

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 through the end of August:

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

Drop-in tour schedule September through closing in mid-October:

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

Cart tours and group tours depend on the availability of volunteer garden guides. Our golf cart holds five passengers and is driven by a Garden Guide. Reservation requests for cart tours and group tours must be made at least three weeks in advance of the desired visit, using this form

However you explore the Garden, enrich your visit with our free smartphone audio tour app, available from Google Play and Apple's App Store. The tour guides you through the Garden's 45 acres of plant displays. We suggest downloading the app before arriving for your Garden visit. For those who love native plants but are unable to visit in person, we invite you to drop in for a virtual visit

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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 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. 

Thank you!

Lindera benzoin - Uli Lorimer

One of North America's 10 Best Botanic Gardens

In a 2020 USA Today popular poll, respondents chose Garden in the Woods as one of the 10 best botanic gardens in the entire continent. It's still true.

Garden in the Woods Curtis Woodland Path, UL

Find Your Path

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

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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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