GARDEN IN THE WOODS
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
We are delighted to be welcoming you back to Garden in the Woods!
As you know, public health concerns impose restrictions on our operations, including limiting parking and the number of visitors, offering admission only by timed tickets with advance purchase, and collecting names and phone number for ALL visitors to facilitate contact tracing by health officials if needed. We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you’ll feel rewarded by the beauty and magic of the Garden.
Purchase Tickets in Advance
You must purchase tickets online, in advance of your desired entrance time. There are no same-day tickets online or at the gate. We are admitting a limited number of people in each time slot; you may need to purchase tickets in sequential time slots to accommodate your party. On the ticketing page, you will be asked to give the name and phone number of every person for whom you are buying a ticket; "guest of" is not permissible, given the state’s requirements.
The time slot is an entry window; you may stay as long as you like. The last slot is 2-4 pm, which gives visitors arriving at 4 pm an hour to enjoy the Garden before it closes at 5 pm.
For Members of Native Plant Trust
Members must reserve tickets in advance. After reading all the information on this page, please click the green button at the end to reserve tickets. There is no fee for member tickets at the Individual with Garden Access level and higher, and you may reserve as many as accords with the number of guests at your membership level. Individual memberships do not include free admission to the Garden and require the purchase of a general admission ticket. Please bring your valid membership card in addition to your admission confirmation email. Renew online BEFORE visiting, as there will be no ability to renew onsite.
For the Public
Garden admission tickets through August 31 are now available. Tickets for the remainder of the season will be available when details about later phases of the Massachusetts reopening plan are available. After reading all the information on this page, please click the green button at the end to purchase tickets.
- Veterans and active duty service personnel, please use the Military ticket option and bring your military ID.
- Group members of Native Plant Trust, please use the Member ticket option online and bring your valid pass.
- American Horticulture Society Reciprocity: members of participating gardens outside the 90-mile exclusion zone, please use the Member ticket option and bring your garden’s valid membership card.
- Library Patrons, please use the Library Patron ticket option and bring the valid pass from your library. While libraries remain closed, this ticket option is not available.
Parking & Facilities
The parking lot at the Garden is closed to visitors, so that we can manage both Garden admissions and customer pickup of plant orders in accordance with state mandates. Garden visitors should park on public streets and walk in via the gate near the Woodland Garden, where staff will greet you. Visitors may also be dropped off at the gate while a member of your party parks the car. This gate is just a few yards down Hemenway Road from the main entrance to the Garden.
No parking is allowed on Raymond Road or Hemenway Road approaching the Garden from Sudbury, as they are too narrow. Parking here blocks neighbors and restricts access for emergency vehicles.
The buildings are closed to the public, and there are no restrooms and no drinking fountains available at this time. Per the mandate, there are also no benches or picnic tables.
The Garden Shop is taking appointments for plant shopping and you may also contact the shop by phone (508-877-7630 x3601) or email gardennatives@NativePlantTrust.org to place an order for contact-free pickup.
And the Rules
We can be open only if everyone follows the rules:
- Wear a face mask at all times
- Stay 6 feet from other people
- Stay on the paths
- Observe all signs restricting public access
- Leave your pets at home
- No smoking
The path through the Garden is one-way, and we ask visitors to exit via the same pedestrian gate you entered through.