The Gardens at Elm Bank Opens for the Season May 1st

WELLESLEY, MA April 20, 2015 - The Gardens at Elm Bank will open May 1st with a focus on kids and families this season, announced Katherine Macdonald, President of Massachusetts Horticultural Society. This beautiful garden destination, located in Metro West and fifteen miles from downtown Boston, offers over 16 acres of gardens and historic landscapes. The Gardens at Elm Bank are open from May 1 through Columbus Day, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 4pm. Admission is free for Mass Hort Members, for Visitors: Adults: $8, Children under 12 free with adult. The entrance is located at 900 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA.

This summer, families will enjoy daily garden tours free with membership or daily admission. Tours meet at 11 am at the new Visitors' Center located in the "Flora" cottage adjacent to the parking lot. Youth and Family Programs will be held on Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 11 am, and will meet in Weezie's Children's Garden.

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The goddess statues, Flora, Ceres, and Pomona, overlook the Maple Grove at The Gardens at Elm Bank.

John Forti, Mass Hort Director of Education and Horticulture noted: "I am excited to explore new ways by which we can engage all of our visitors with hands-on outdoor education that can inspire a sense of place shared by the generations. Each year we will be planting the seeds of our intention with an annual theme, beginning with our 2015 theme of "Youth and Family Engagement". This will be evident in our public programs, educational outreach, and most importantly throughout the landscapes and gardens of Elm Bank. When you visit Elm Bank in the coming season, you can explore inspiring, new pathways to learning, including daily garden tours of the site, family discovery guides, and hands-on garden programs in our children's garden."


The Gardens at Elm Bank are a wonderful natural resource for people of all ages to enjoy, whether you are interested in plants or gardening or just relaxing in the beautiful landscape. Located at 900 Washington Street in Wellesley (Route 16), on the 36-acre Cheney estate in the Elm Bank Reservation, the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate includes twelve display gardens, some highlights include the Italianate Garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers, The Bressingham Garden, a magnificent four-season perennial garden displaying a mixture of perennials, trees, and shrubs, the magical Weezies' Children's garden with butterfly garden, and our Garden to Table display vegetable garden. Yet to be restored is an Asian Garden with old boat house and bridge designed by the Olmsted Brothers in an area called the canal. The 36-acres is adjacent to the Elm Bank Reservation's woodland trails that follow along the Charles River.

Check out Mass Hort's web site (masshort.org) for membership information and educational activities and events offered at the gardens. There is something for everyone! A June 2nd Garden to Table program offers an open-air cooking demonstration by area chef, John Lawrence, of Peppers Fine Food Catering where you will learn how to prepare delicious meals using the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetables—and enjoy them too.

Join us on June 7, July 23, and August 13 for a picnic and music in the gardens, sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation.

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Founded in 1829, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society's mission is to develop the public's enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants, gardens, design, and the environment. Mass Hort is a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit and is supported by membership, sponsorships, and donations.

The historic and contemporary gardens at The Gardens at Elm Bank demonstrate how plants and design are an integral part of everyday life for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Gardens connect people to plants and to the environment through sustainable design, interpretation, cultural practices, and pure enjoyment. Mass Hort offers educational programming to engage both adults and children so they may learn about plants and gardening, and contemporary issues such as health, sustainability, and stewardship of our natural world.

Come, learn, and grow at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society as we celebrate our 186th year. Please join us in the garden, the exhibit hall or the classroom to enjoy and explore the wonderful world of plants and gardens.