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Massachusetts Horticultural Society is located at Elm Bank Horticulture Center:

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
900 Washington Street (Rt.16)
Wellesley, MA 02482
617-933-4900

The Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free to members. Non-members are welcome are encouraged to make a donation or become a member to enjoy the horticulture center and its array of gardens. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible.

Get directions from Mapquest: 900 Washington Street, Wellesley MA 02482.

MASSHORT DIRECTIONS to ELM BANK Main Entrance on Washington St. (Rt. 16):
 
From the East / Boston

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90 West) to Exit 16 (West Newton Exit)

Follow Route 16 West 4.7 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank (look for a small green sign on the left).
 
From Points North

Take Interstate 95 South (Route 128 South) to Route 16 (Exit 22-21B)

Follow 21B (left fork of exit ramp) onto Route 16 West

Follow Route 16 West for about 2.9 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank (look for a small green sign on the left).

From Points South
 
Take Route 3 North to Interstate 95 North (Route 128 North) to Exit 21B (Route 16 West).

Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank (look for a small green sign on the left).

From Points West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90 East) to Exit 14 (Weston)

Take Interstate 95 South (Route 128 South) for 1/2 mile to Route 16 (Exit 22-21B)

Follow 21B (left fork of exit ramp) onto Route 16 West

Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank (look for a small green sign on the left).

To Main Entrance

On Route 16 West you will come to a stoplight (5-way intersection) in the Center of Wellesley where you will bear left to continue on Route 16 for 1.6 miles. DCR/Elm Bank Reservation and Massachusetts Horticultural Society will be on your left, marked by a small green sign: DCR Elm Bank Reservation/ Massachusetts Horticultural Society at 900 Washington Street.

Turn on Cheney Drive from Rt. 16 ( 900 Washington Street) across from the Hunnewell Farm.

At Entrance:

Enter the Elm Bank Reservation on Cheney Drive, crossing the bridge and veering right on the one-way road.

Follow the road past all parking lots and soccer fields until the road comes to an end at the stop sign.

At the stop sign, take a left, and the first parking lots on your left belong to Massachusetts Horticultural Society. You will see the sign for Mass Hort Visitors. Please park in this parking lot.

After parking, proceed through the fence gates.

The first brick building on your right is the Hunnewell Carriage House. (3 sets of large white double doors).

Directly across from the Hunnewell Carriage House is the Educational Building. Follow the main sideway to the front door. Massachusetts Horticultural Society 's Library and conference rooms are on the first floor. The Mass Hort offices are on the second floor right hand staircase. The Dover Group is Located on the second floor, left hand staircase.

For the Putnam Building and the green houses, from the stop sign at the end of the soccer field road, take a left and continue past the Mass Hort parking lot, keeping to the right, and the Putnam Building will be on the right after the green houses.

NOTE: Vehicles over 12 tons, please call 617-933-4900 for delivery directions.

By Train

Commuter rail, bus and subway schedules can be accessed by calling the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or by checking their web site. Please call ahead when making travel plans - schedules vary on weekends and holidays.

Framingham/ Worcester Commuter Rail line:

South Station to Worcester: From the Amtrak terminal at South Station or Back Bay Station, Boston; Take the Framingham/ Worcester Commuter Rail train to Wellesley Square station. You may call for a taxi at the station, which is about 5 min. from Elm Bank.

Purchase tickets at the station, where available, or on board. Outbound trip takes approx. 30 min. from South Station and 10 min. from West Newton. Inbound trip takes approx. 45 min. from Worcester and 15 min. from Framingham. Weekday service runs approx. every 30 min. during peak hours, every 1.5 – 2 hrs. during off peak and every 2 hrs. on weekends.

Needham Commuter Rail line:

South Station to Needham Heights: From the Amtrak terminal at South Station or Back Bay Station, Boston, take the Needham Commuter Rail train to Needham Junction station. Taxi service is available at the station, which is about 15 min. from Elm Bank. Purchase tickets at the station, where available, or on board.

Outbound trip takes approx. 40 min. from South Station, 30 min. from Forest Hills and 20 min. from West Roxbury. Inbound trip takes approx. 10 min. from Needham Heights.

Weekday service runs approx. every 30 min. during peak hours, every 1.5 - 2 hrs. during off peak and every 2 hrs. on Saturday. This route does not offer Sunday service.

MBTA "D" Green Line Trolley

On the Boston transit system, connections to the Green Line trolleys can be made via the Blue Line at Government Center station, via the Red Line at Park Street, via the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing, Haymarket and North Station. Take the Green Line "D -RIVERSIDE" train to Woodland Station, the second to last stop. You may call for a taxi at the station, which is about 10 min. from Elm Bank.

Outbound trips from underground stations require standard fare of 85c or any MBTA monthly pass, except Bus pass. Purchase Charlie ticket or use exact change at the station. Trip from Kenmore Station to Woodland takes approx. 25 min. Service runs every 5-10 min. daily.

By Bus

Routes, fares and schedules can be accessed by calling the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or by checking their web site. Please call ahead when making travel plans - schedules vary on weekends and holidays.

MBTA bus route #59: Watertown Sq. to Needham Junction via Newtonville From the bus station at Watertown Square in Watertown, take bus #59 to the last stop, Needham Junction station. You may call for a taxi at the station, which is about 15 min. from Elm Bank. Requires standard bus fare. Outbound trip takes approx. 40 min. from Watertown Sq., 20 min. from Newtonville and 15 min. from Newton Highlands. Service runs approx. every 30 min. on weekdays and every 45 min. on Saturdays. This route does not offer Sunday service.

Newton Nexus Bus Service: Nexus North Route 1 & Route 3. This local bus service connects to several mass transit stations in Newton.

Both Nexus 1and Nexus 3 make stops at Newtonville and Auburndale stations connecting to the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line. Follow the appropriate directions above from these stations. Nexus 1 and 3 also make stops at the Woodland Station, which connects to the MBTA "D" Green Line. Taxi service is available at the station, which is about 10 min. from Elm Bank. One-way bus fare required: For schedules and fares, contact the Newton Nexus Bus Service at 617-552-5500 or visit their web site.

Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines: Most Greyhound and Peter Pan busses departing from the South Station Bus Terminal in Boston, stop at Riverside Station on the "D" Green Line. (Express busses, however, usually DO NOT make this stop. Check schedules before boarding.) For schedules and fares, contact Greyhound at (800) 231-2222 and Peter Pan at (800) 343-9999 or visit their ticket counters at the South Station Bus Terminal.

Taxi service is available at the Riverside station, which is about 15 min. from Elm Bank.

By Taxi
 
Wellesley Transportation Service
781-235-2200 between 5:00 a.m. and midnight.
 
Veterans Taxi
781-235-1600
 
Colonial Cab
By reservation only. Provides discounts for advance booking. Call 508-653-5600.

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

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