Public gardens of all types are found from one end of New England to another. They range from formal and traditional, like the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hrtford, Connecticut, to the wide and whimsical, like the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Rhododendrons bloom wild at a park in southern New Hampshire and butterflies have their own garden habitats in parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In all the warm months, garden clubs host local garden tours of places as private and lavish as the homes of Newport, Rhode Island, and elsewhere.
Danvers, MA 01923
Mansion built in the 19th century features decorative gardens and a teahouse.
Hours: Gardens open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-dusk; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. A guided tour of the house and gardens is offered May-July. Reservations required. Fee charged.
Glen Magna Farms
Ingersoll Street Danvers 01923
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
There are several miles of passive recreational trails as well as five acres of lawn.
Heritage Museums & Gardens consists of one hundred spectacular acres of labeled trees and shrubs, beautiful flowers and sweeping lawns. The gardens are a delight any time of year. Spring features showy Dexter Rhododendrons and flowering trees, while summer boasts brilliant annuals and dazzling daylilies. Autumn highlights blazing foliage and the fall-blooming Franklinia. Winter showcases beautiful heathers, bright berries and noble evergreens.
Heritage offers many excellent garden-related workshops, lectures and activities throughout the year. For more information on workshops, lectures and activities go to our events calendar.
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701
New England Wild Flower Society maintains this 45-acre garden, the largest landscaped collection of native plants in the northeastern United States. Guided walking tours given weekdays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. Garden Shop offers native plants, books, compost tea, eco-friendly garden tools.
Hours: April 15- October 31, Tuesday through Sunday plus Holiday Mondays 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Extended hours Thursday and Friday evenings until 7 p.m. April 15-July 3, After October, trails close for the season. Fee charged.
11 French Drive
P.O. Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
Gardens, Flower Shows, and Exhibits, Year-Round
Located on 132 acres in sight of the vast Wachusett Reservoir and less than an hour from Boston, Tower Hill is one of the largest and most varied botanic gardens in the region. The breathtaking view provides an extraordinary setting for a variety of garden styles. Stroll through a Lawn Garden, Secret Garden, Cottage Garden, Vegetable Garden, Systematic Garden, and magical woodland paths. The Orangerie, filled with flowering subtropical plants, welcomes visitors in the winter. The garden hosts seasonal special events, flower shows, horticulture lectures, and classes. Browse the Gift Shop and enjoy lunch at Twigs Café.