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Garden in the Woods

New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods showcases native New England plants.

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The Garden is closed for the season
Members may enjoy Winter Walking
Excluding holidays


The Garden reopens Saturday, April 16, 2016.


Directions to Garden in the Woods via Google Maps.


Only 21 miles from Boston, Garden in the Woods is a magical spot unlike any other botanic garden. With sharp, glacier-made ridges spilling into narrow valleys, its two miles of meandering paths lead through a towering canopy of trees to a pond, a wooded bog, numerous springs, and an ever-flowing brook. 


Set among 45 acres, this living museum displays a wide variety of common and rare native plants displayed in naturalistic settings. For families looking to teach their children about the natural world, for adults who can’t decide between a stroll in the garden and a walk in the woods, and for anyone curious about the diversity of New England's wild flowers and woody plants, Garden in the Woods offers a unique experience in a tranquil and beautiful place.


Snacks and drinks are available at the Garden Shop, which sells a beautiful selection of native plants as well as tools and gifts. Visitors are welcomed to picnic on the patio outside the education building. 


Garden in the Woods is open to the public from mid-April through October 15.



$12 Adults (18-64)

$9 Seniors (65+)

$6 Youths (3-17)

Children under 3 admitted free

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 levels admitted free


General Information

  • A Garden Map is available to download and at the Visitor Center. 
  • Please respect and protect our living collections by staying on the paths.
  • Refrain from picking flowers, fruits, or plants, so others may enjoy them.
  • Refrain from smoking; it's not allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Leave your pets at home. (Service dogs are permitted.)
  • Picnic only on the patio by the Education Building.
  • We request that groups of ten or more reserve in advance.


Photographers are welcome to the Garden, but asked to adhere to the following rules:

  • No commercial photography is allowed
  • No weddings, family portraits, engagements, celebrations, or similar group photo sessions are allowed
  • Do not disturb any gardens or block or disturb paths
  • Do not interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the Garden
  • Please credit New England Wild Flower Society for published photographs


Please note:

To ensure the safety of all visitors and to protect the plant collections and natural resources of our properties, bicycles, off-road vehicles, and vehicles or motorized devices used for mobility assistance (with the exception of wheelchairs) are not permitted on the paths at Garden in the Woods or in the Society’s sanctuaries. We encourage anyone with mobility issues to sign up in advance for a cart tour of Garden in the Woods (contact, as wheelchairs are not recommended on the steep terrain.


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last modified February 09, 2016