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Weezie's Garden for Children

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This whimsical garden is nestled among the 37 acres of the beautiful Elm Bank. Designed as a natural playground by Julie Moir Messervy it consist of a series of small spiraling gardens, each with its own theme and way of engaging the senses.

The perfect place to encourage children to explore nature, get lost in imaginative play, and socialize with new friends in this beautiful park setting.

Weezie's Garden is an idyllic venue to enjoy a family picnic, hold a playgroup, or enjoy special play interacting with nature. The Big Red Chair is the perfect background for photographs to capture special moments.

Inside the garden children can experience the distinctive feel and smell in the herb garden or imagine themselves as little birds tucked safely in their nest in the bluebird house garden. They can also leap frog over the collection of petrified wood and marvel at the butterflies who have their own special garden. Climb the magical tree house for a bird's eye view of the spiraling paths and Tortoise island where the koi reside. Hide and seek? They are plenty of nooks and crannies to crouch and never be discovered. A day at the beach, not quite but the large sand play area is filled with shovels and toys.

The stroller friendly paths welcome even the youngest visitors. Come explore the great outdoors and all the gardens at Elm Bank.

Nature Activities for Children

Beginning in May and running through the end of October, the Caterpillar Club will meet Monday mornings at 10 am.. If it is raining, the Club will meet in the Education Building. Sessions will include material on flowers, insects, trees and butterflies, which will be explored through reading, demonstrations and crafts.

About Weezie's Garden

Weezie's Garden Dedication Plaque
Weezie's Garden for Children
Designed as an outdoor experience
to touch the curious and playful child in all of us.

 

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Julie Moir Messervy

Weezie’s Garden was dedicated on June 8, 2003. The master plan for Elm Bank always envisioned a childrens garden as a place for hands on activities. Because of the generosity of the Weezie Foundation we now have this amazing garden. It was beautifully designed by Julie Messervy with the help of Ed Hartranft, and expertly installed by Valley Crest/Schumacher Landscapers.

Julie Moir Messervy's Original Concept Drawing

mt_ignore: Concept plan for Weezie's Garden at the Gardens at Elm Bank.

Who is Weezie? Weezie was the nickname of a little girl called “Louise” who died many years ago. Her family set up a foundation to honor her and help children. We like to think that Weezie is the little child in all of us, the one who never grows up. This garden is as much for us and our children as to remember her.

What others are saying

In 2005, Weezie's Garden was named 'Favorite Outdoor Playspace' by The Boston Parents' Paper.

For a visitor's perspective, check out Aimee Nicole Snyder Ledwell's blog entry.

Author of Outdoors with Kids Boston, Kim Foley MacKinnon writes about A garden for kids to enjoy in Wellesley, Mass. in the June 2012 edtion of AAA Horizons Magazine

Volunteering in Weezie's Garden

If you would like to volunteer in this garden please visit the Gardening Volunteer Schedule

Photo Gallery of Weezie's Garden for Children
Select any photo to start a slide show

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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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2015 Calendar & Courses

Mass Hort Calendar Courses 2015

Latest Mass Hort Events

Tue Apr 28 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Fundamentals of Landscape Design
Thu Apr 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Passing Along the Passion: Sowing the Seeds for Lifelong Horticultural Appreciation
Thu May 14 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
What do I do NOW? (for my vegetable garden)
Sat May 16 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank
Thu May 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Rhododendrons for Our Garden & Yours
Thu May 28 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Urban Gardening
Sat May 30 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM
Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels
Sat May 30 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Botanical Art for Beginners
Tue Jun 02 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
Garden to Table's Spring Dinner in the Crockett Garden
Thu Jun 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Ecology of the Garden
Sat Jun 06 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Farming Exhibits of the Smithsonian
Thu Jun 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Spring Foraging Walk and Talk With Russ Cohen
Thu Jun 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Historic Landscape Stewardship
Sat Jun 27 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Herb Gardening
Thu Jul 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Insects in the Garden: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Sat Jul 11 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Plan to Harvest: Vegetable Gardening
Wed Jul 15 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal
Thu Jul 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Seed Saving Basics

Friends of Mass Hort Events

Sat Jun 06 @12:00PM - 04:30PM
Chestnut Hill GC, "Centennial Garden Tour"