Latest Mass Hort Events

Wed, Apr 23rd, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Creating Chocolate From The Garden
Thu, Apr 24th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Spring Care of Trees and Shrubs
Thu, May 1st, @11:30am - 01:00PM
Spring Greens with Community Herbalist Steph Zabel
Thu, May 1st, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Home Composting Network
Fri, May 2nd, @9:30am - 10:45AM
Yoga in the Garden
Sat, May 3rd, @10:00am - 11:30AM
Mushroom Walk and Talk
Thu, May 8th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
Mon, May 12th, @8:00am - 01:00PM
Flower and Macro Photography
Thu, May 15th, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Pots with Pizzazz!
Wed, May 21st, @10:00am - 03:00PM
Art in the Garden: Line Resist with Watercolor
Wed, May 28th, @11:30am - 01:00PM
Spring Lunch Celebration in the Garden
Fri, May 30th, @9:30am - 10:45PM
Yoga in the Garden
Thu, Aug 21st, @11:30pm - 01:00PM
Tea Blending Basics with Steph Zabel
Wed, Sep 10th, @1:00pm - 03:30PM
Infusing Your Life with Herbs
Sun, Sep 14th
Get into the Spirit!
Wed, Sep 17th
A Day in Support of the Garden to Table Program
Wed, Oct 1st, @7:00pm - 08:30PM
Learn Floral Design for Flower Show Competitions

Friends of Mass Hort Events

Sun, Jun 8th, @1:30pm - 03:30PM
South Natick Garden Tour
Weezie's Garden for Children
 Weezies Garden Tower

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.

 

 Julie Moir Messervy
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

 Concept plan for Weezie

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.