The Garden at Elm Bank

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Garden at Elm Bank is a horticultural jewel of Greater Boston. A place of beauty, contemplation and exploration, the garden welcomes all. A blend of historic and contemporary, like all gardens, Elm Bank is a work in progress. Through it, we seek to engage guests with the importance of plants, gardens and natural landscapes in their lives and help them to become active growers and gardeners themselves.

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Bressingham Garden

Added in 2007 and designed by plantsman Adrian Bloom of Bressingham, England, this garden was installed in two days by more than 200 volunteers. 
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Dahlia Garden

Planted in 2023 in partnership with Yankee Dahlia Society, this garden contains 186 colorful dahlias in over 61 cultivars. Peak bloom season begins in September!


Daylily Garden

The Daylily Garden boasts more than 100 varieties of heirloom daylilies. A popular low-maintenance perennial, this species comes in thousands of colors, which you can see blooming in mid-summer.
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Education Building

Home to our Library, classrooms and meeting rooms, restrooms and water bottle refill station, as well as staff offices, this building features a year-round rotating display of artworks by artists in our Botanical Art & Illustration Program and other community art groups. 

Goddess Garden

These statues are the Roman goddesses Flora, Ceres, and Pomona. They were originally installed on the facade of the 2nd Horticulture Hall in Boston.

Hartley Botanic Greenhouse

Installed in 2017, this beautiful greenhouse displays how home gardeners can accommodate and use a greenhouse on their property.

Historic Daffodil and Native Plant Garden

The Noanett Garden Club installed and has maintained the Historic Daffodil and Native Plant Garden for the last 20 years.

Jim Crockett Memorial Garden

This relaxing area is a favorite for picnics and catching up with friends. Dedicated to honor Jim Crockett (of PBS's 'The Victory Garden'). 


Launched in 2023, the Labyrinth is a space of over 2,000 feet of meditative meandering. 
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Maple Grove

In between the Jim Crockett Memorial Garden and the Goddess Garden sits Maple Grove. A large lawn area fit for concerts, picnics, events, and our Garden Tails Story Time, Maple Grove provides an open space at the center of the gardens.

Manor House

In 1907, Alice Cheney-Baltzell, the last individual to live on this property, hired Carrere and Hastings—the firm that designed the NY Public Library—to design this house.

Olmsted Italianate Garden

This garden was designed by Percivial Gallagher of the Olmsted Firm and functioned as a room of the Manor House with its tall, hedged walls.

Alan Peyton Memorial Rhododendron Garden

Planted in the Rhododendron Garden are unusual small-leaved varieties and full-sun varieties of rhododendron.
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Seed to Table Vegetable Garden

This garden was established with the purpose to help people learn about growing their own food.

Shade Garden

This garden features a variety of hosta and other shade-loving plants, such as ferns and pulmonaria. Many of the hosta were donated by the New England Hosta Society.


Teaching Herb Garden

Planted like a clock, each wedge has a theme highlighting the herb's use or history. In the Culinary Garden, you’ll see kitchen favorites like thyme, chives, and other flavorful edibles.

Temple and Asian Garden

This garden was part of the Olmsted firm's original 1907 design. MHS is undergoing the process of restoring this garden.
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Trial Garden

The first garden installed by MHS; it is one of three trial gardens in New England, and tests new and unreleased varieties of annuals and perennials, as well as heirloom vegetables.

Weezie's Garden for Children

Inspired by an unfurling fern, the garden layout mimics a series of fern fronds, each ‘frond’ offering a different theme to engage the senses.

Visit the Garden at Elm Bank

Come explore these garden areas by planning your visit today!

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

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