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The Gardens at Elm Bank

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 buildings, grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are accessible with paved and crushed-stone paths.

 

Hours

May 1 – Columbus Day

Tuesday – Sunday (and Holiday Mondays): 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Family Programs in Weezie’s Garden for Children: 11 a.m. Friday – Sunday

Admission

Free to Members

Admission – $10

Free for children 12 and under

Garden Map

 

 
 

Garden Policies

  • Please help us in our work to keep The Gardens at Elm Bank beautiful by staying on pathways.
  • Refrain from climbing trees, stepping in gardens, or wading in pools.
  • No dogs, bikes, scooters or sports equipment are allowed in The Gardens at Elm Bank.
  • Respect the wildlife.
  • Please help us keep the site clean by disposing of all trash and litter.
  • Drones or any other form of UAV are not allowed on Mass Hort’s property.
  • 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 functions@masshort.org
    • 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:
      • Online
      • Visitors Center: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4pm, May-Oct.
      • Education Building: Monday – Friday, 9-5 pm at the membership office, second floor

 

Getting Here

 

From Washington Street (Route 16)

Directions to Elm Bank Entrance on Washington Street (Route 16)

From the East / Boston

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90 West) to Exit 16 (West Newton Exit). Follow Route 16 West 4.7 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank Reservation (look for a small green sign on the left).

From Points North

Take Interstate 95 South (Route 128 South) to Route 16 (Exit 22-21B). Follow 21B (left fork of exit ramp) onto Route 16 West. Follow Route 16 West for about 2.9 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank Reservation (look for a small green sign on the left). 

From Points South

Take Route 3 North to Interstate 95 North (Route 128 North) to Exit 21B (Route 16 West). Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank Reservation (look for a small green sign on the left).

From Points West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90 East) to Exit 14 (Weston). Take Interstate 95 South (Route 128 South) for 1/2 mile to Route 16 (Exit 22-21B). Follow 21B (left fork of exit ramp) onto Route 16 West. Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles to Wellesley Center (5-way intersection with stop light); stay left at the intersection to remain on Route 16 West (Washington Street) for another 1.6 miles to the entrance of Elm Bank Reservation(look for a small green sign on the left).

 

 

Transit

By Train

Commuter rail, bus and subway schedules can be accessed by calling the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or by checking their web site. Please call ahead when making travel plans – schedules vary on weekends and holidays.

Framingham/ Worcester Commuter Rail line:

South Station to Worcester: From the Amtrak terminal at South Station or Back Bay Station, Boston; Take the Framingham/ Worcester Commuter Rail train to Wellesley Square station. You may call for a taxi at the station, which is about 5 min. from Elm Bank.

Purchase tickets at the station, where available, or on board. Outbound trip takes approx. 30 min. from South Station and 10 min. from West Newton. Inbound trip takes approx. 45 min. from Worcester and 15 min. from Framingham. Weekday service runs approx. every 30 min. during peak hours, every 1.5–2 hrs. during off peak and every 2 hrs. on weekends.

Needham Commuter Rail line:

South Station to Needham Heights: From the Amtrak terminal at South Station or Back Bay Station, Boston, take the Needham Commuter Rail train to Needham Junction station. Taxi service is available at the station, which is about 15 min. from Elm Bank. Purchase tickets at the station, where available, or on board.

Outbound trip takes approx. 40 min. from South Station, 30 min. from Forest Hills and 20 min. from West Roxbury. Inbound trip takes approx. 10 min. from Needham Heights.

Weekday service runs approx. every 30 min. during peak hours, every 1.5 – 2 hrs. during off peak and every 2 hrs. on Saturday. This route does not offer Sunday service.

MBTA “D” Green Line Trolley:

On the Boston transit system, connections to the Green Line trolleys can be made via the Blue Line at Government Center station, via the Red Line at Park Street, via the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing, Haymarket and North Station. Take the Green Line “D -RIVERSIDE” train to Woodland Station, the second to last stop. You may call for a taxi at the station, which is about 10 min. from Elm Bank.

Outbound trips from underground stations require standard fare of 85c or any MBTA monthly pass, except Bus pass. Purchase Charlie ticket or use exact change at the station. Trip from Kenmore Station to Woodland takes approx. 25 min. Service runs every 5-10 min. daily.

 

By Bus

Routes, fares and schedules can be accessed by calling the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or by checking their web site. Please call ahead when making travel plans – schedules vary on weekends and holidays.

MBTA bus route #59:

Watertown Sq. to Needham Junction via Newtonville From the bus station at Watertown Square in Watertown, take bus #59 to the last stop, Needham Junction station. You may call for a taxi at the station, which is about 15 min. from Elm Bank. Requires standard bus fare. Outbound trip takes approx. 40 min. from Watertown Sq., 20 min. from Newtonville and 15 min. from Newton Highlands. Service runs approx. every 30 min. on weekdays and every 45 min. on Saturdays. This route does not offer Sunday service.

Newton Nexus Bus Service:

Nexus North Route 1 & Route 3. This local bus service connects to several mass transit stations in Newton.

Both Nexus 1and Nexus 3 make stops at Newtonville and Auburndale stations connecting to the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line. Follow the appropriate directions above from these stations. Nexus 1 and 3 also make stops at the Woodland Station, which connects to the MBTA “D” Green Line. Taxi service is available at the station, which is about 10 min. from Elm Bank. One-way bus fare required: For schedules and fares, contact the Newton Nexus Bus Service at 617-552-5500 or visit their web site.

Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines:

Most Greyhound and Peter Pan busses departing from the South Station Bus Terminal in Boston, stop at Riverside Station on the “D” Green Line. (Express busses, however, usually DO NOT make this stop. Check schedules before boarding.) For schedules and fares, contact Greyhound at (800) 231-2222 and Peter Pan at (800) 343-9999 or visit their ticket counters at the South Station Bus Terminal.

Taxi service is available at the Riverside station, which is about 15 min. from Elm Bank.

 

By Taxi

Wellesley Transportation Service

781-235-2200 between 5 a.m. and midnight.

Veterans Taxi

781-235-1600

Colonial Cab

By reservation only. Provides discounts for advance booking. Call 508-653-5600.

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