Garden in the Woods is a native, woodland garden and living museum that is part of the New England Wildflower Society http://www.newfs.org/visit/Garden-in-the-Woods. Located in Framingham, MA, just 40 minutes outside of Boston, this garden offers the perfect opportunity to explore nature and learn about native plants. Trails wind through acres of woodland where you can view over 1,000 native plant species and over 150 rare and endangered plant species.
A “bloom board”, at the beginning of the trail, provides information on which plants are in bloom at the time of your visit. In about an hour’s walk along the Curtis Path you can explore the Idea Garden, Woodland Garden, Lily Pond, Meadow Garden and Rare Plant Garden. You may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite trees and plants are native to New England: Black Eyed Susans, Joe Pye Weed, Flowering Dogwood, and Asters to name a few. With so much information available on the benefits of native plant use, this garden offers a way to experience the beauty of these plants in a natural setting.
|Greenhouse with green roof in the Idea Garden|
|Circular seating area with two fire pits in the Idea Garden|
|A stepping stone path through the Woodland Garden|
|Long racemes of Bugbane reach out into the path in the Woodland Garden|
|A stunning native plant for the fall, the New England American-Aster|
|A woodland path along the Hop Brook Trail|
|The Garden Shop sells tickets, books, and native plants|
The path starts and ends at the Garden Shop, where you can purchase native plants, books, and other fun garden accessories. This beautiful and educational garden is a perfect excursion for any plant enthusiast!