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Massachusetts Horticultural Society's The Gardens at Elm Bank

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Great Family Experience

Excellent experience for all ages. Lovely gardens and grounds. Christmas holidays are lots of fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Quiet, beautiful garden with beautiful flowers

This is a great place for weekend stroll. The gardens are filled with very well-maintained plants... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Mass Hort’s 36-acre hands-on Gardens at Elm Bank offers adults and children the opportunity to experience, enjoy and learn about plants and the environment. The site includes various garden spaces from the historic Italianate Garden to the...more
900 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482-5725
+1 617-933-4900
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent experience for all ages. Lovely gardens and grounds. Christmas holidays are lots of fun with wagonrides throughout the grounds, themed Christmas trees on display to be won through raffle tickets, fabulous winter train display.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for weekend stroll. The gardens are filled with very well-maintained plants and flowers. Truly a gem. Best of all, not very populated with people. So it's very quiet and peaceful if you want the ultimate calmness and destress yourself with...More

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

We attended a wedding at Elm Bank and we were thoroughly impressed. The walk to the ceremony location was absolutely gorgeous despite the late September date. The gardens are beautifully maintained and it was really added to the joy of the wedding. The building where...More

Thank sheilal921
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We have been coming to Elm Bank for at least ten years. We enjoy exploring Weezie's Garden, the woodland trails, the holiday events, art shows, plant shows, and special gardens like the herb, daylily, and rhododendron gardens. The addition of the Bressingham Gardens a few...More

Thank Digital_Lily
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a great place to take anyone for a walk, picnic and quiet afternoon. The gardens are spectacular. The Children's Garden is a precious place to visit with kids of all ages - a fish pond, sand box with archaeological dig component, trees with...More

Thank robina306
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Wonderful site for a good walk. Lots of flowers and bushes to check out, the majority of which are labeled for identification. While the maintenance is satisfactory, it was clear that the society could use more donations and addition staff.

Thank jsc19792018
Reviewed July 21, 2018

We went to these gardens on Thursday. What a disaster. I love to garden. I would never attend to my gardens like they attend to these! The spent flowers are trimmed like they must have whacked them all in one swoop, then left the spent...More

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

Great little park for walking and enjoying nature! They play soccer games there in the middle. Would be a great affordable place for a wedding.

Thank Cam O
Reviewed March 3, 2018

This botanical garden is in need of much attention and money. Some of the gardens are in good shape and well designed such as the wonderful children's garden designed by Julie Messervy with a new entrance by John Forti, The Garden to Table Vegetable Garden...More

Thank pondflower
Reviewed February 14, 2018

The Gardens are wonderful but don't miss the paths in the woods along the Charles River. If you are in the woods in mid May thru June 5 ish there are some beautiful Lady Slippers.

Thank momskier
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