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The Gardens at Elm Bank

Days & Hours of Operation 
May 1 - Oct 12   
Tuesday - Sunday   
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   
Free to Members   
Admission - $10   
Seasonal garden tours
and programs, Friday-Sunday, holiday Mondays

The Gardens at Elm Bank are located on Massachusetts Horticultural Society's 36 acres on the Elm Bank Reservation at 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA 02482.

The site includes open fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and formal gardens. Mass Hort is uniquely positioned, not only to protect these natural resources, but also to develop spaces that enhance visitors’ appreciation of the landscape and the surrounding Charles River. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible.

The Gardens at Elm Bank include:

The Welcome Garden: Designed and donated by Paul Miskovsky Landscaping, this is a four-season garden combining unusual and striking trees and shrubs amid rolling terrain. It is accentuated by sitting stones.

New England Trial Garden: This garden tests ALL AMERICAN SELECTIONS of new and unreleased varieties of annuals. The gardens are easily accessible to the public who flock there to view the newest introductions, take notes, and admire the color combinations.

Weezie’s Children’s Garden: This whimsical children’s garden was designed by Julie Moir Messervy. The garden is designed as a series of small spiraling gardens, each with its own theme and unique way of engaging the senses.

Bressingham Garden: A magnificent four-season display garden designed by world-renowned nurseryman and designer, Adrian Bloom. The Bressingham Garden features island beds of perennials, trees, and shrubs with a specific focus on creating functional and beautiful residential landscapes.

The Garden to Table Vegetable Garden: Start with a seed, end with a meal! The Chef’s Garden is a unique design of vegetable beds that display an edible landscape featuring a variety of international cuisines. Organic best practices are utilized. In 2014, the gardens provided over 4,000 pounds of food to local food pantries.

The Manor House: The Manor House was built by Alice Cheney Baltzell and her husband in 1907. The home was designed in the neo-Georgian style by Carrère and Hastings of New York, the architects who designed the New York Public Library.

The Italianate Garden: The Italianate Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, is part of Elm Bank’s historic designation. This formal garden was restored by Marion Pressley Associates in 2001. This garden, one of two Italianate gardens open to the public in Massachusetts, is a beautiful setting for weddings at The Gardens at Elm Bank.

The Goddess Garden: Formerly atop Hort Hall in downtown Boston, the goddesses of horticulture, Flora, Ceres, and Pomona now overlook the Maple Grove at the Gardens at Elm Bank.

Jim Crockett Memorial Garden: The Jim Crockett Memorial Garden is dedicated to noted author and famed first host of the WGBH Victory Garden program. The garden was donated by the Stockbridge School fraternity Alpha Tau Gamma.

Additional Gardens at Elm Bank include:

Daylily Society Garden

Rhododendron Society Garden

The Noanet Garden Club Historic Daffodil Garden

New England Unit of the Herb Society Garden


More tips for your visit:

MassHort’s Gardens at Elm Bank represent a living collection. We ask all visitors to please respect our property and collections so that we may continue to build, preserve, and share the beauty of the Gardens.

Garden Etiquette
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  • Please help us in our work to keep The Gardens at Elm Bank beautiful.
  • Please stay on pathways and refrain from climbing trees or stepping in gardens or wading in pools.
  • No dogs, bikes, scooters or sports equipment.
  • Please respect wildlife.
  • Please help us keep the site clean by disposing of all trash and litter
  • Please be respectful of weddings and events by not interrupting or taking photos.
  • Professional photography
    • Must be pre-arranged with the events department: 617-933-4921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • NO BRIDAL PARTIES are to be photographed at Elm Bank unless you have a wedding booked here.
    • All professional photographers must have a supporter membership to take photos on the property:
      • Membership may be obtained on line at www.masshort.org,
      • Visitors Center: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 4pm, May-Oct.
      • Education Building: Monday-Friday, 9-5 pm at the membership office, second floor
  • Drones or any other form of UAV are not allowed on Mass Hort’s property.

Enjoy our gardens and thank you for helping us be better stewards of the landscape.

Thank you

Volunteering in the Gardens at Elm Bank

If you would like to volunteer any of our gardens, please see the Gardening Volunteer Schedule

Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street (Route 16)
Wellesley, MA 02482-5725

About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded 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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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue May 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Morning Course
Tue May 22 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Improve Your Watercolor Skills - Afternoon Course
Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
CANCELLED - Landscaping for Watershed Health
Thu May 24 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Greenhouse Growing
Wed May 30 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Spring Landscape Tour
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Hands-On Floral Design
Thu Jun 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bio-control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
Eco Printing: Fiber art workshop
Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Explore the Teaching Herb Garden
Wed Jul 11 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
The Art of Planting Design
Wed Jul 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Summer Stroll: Garden tour
Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
What's Buggin' Me?
Sat Aug 04 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
Fall Planting Workshop
Thu Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
A Summer Stroll: Garden Tour
Sun Aug 12 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Meditations in Ink with Bruce Iverson