The Alexandra Botanic Garden has specimen trees and shrubs from around the world in a picturesqe landscape. A tiny brook winds through the garden from a waterfall to Paramecium Pond. The H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum has several different habitats, including a maple swamp, meadow, and fragments of different forest types, with mostly native species. Other specialized gardens include a green roof planted with native species, a dwarf conifer garden, a butterfly garden, and our Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden.
To explore the flora of other climates, visit the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses to experience plant life from the deserts of Mexico and Africa to the rainforests of Malaysia and Brazil. Seasonal displays combine with permanent collections to present an ever-changing immersion in the wonderful world of plants. Occasionally there are special shows, for example using theatrical lighting to dramatically illuminate unusual adaptations, ornate flowers, or extraordinary plant architecture.
From the West:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 13 (Natick/Framingham/Route 30). Take Route 30 East 0.2 miles to the first set of lights. Turn right on Speen Street and drive 1.8 miles to the intersection with Route 135. Take a left onto Route 135 East and drive 3.6 miles to a traffic light, which will be at the main entrance of the College. Turn right at this light into Wellesley College.
Follow the main road through the campus for about ¾ mile to the first road on the left. There is a black sign that lists the Science Center and East Campus among other destinations. Take a left and follow this road as far as it goes until you see a parking lot (the Gray Lot) on your left. The Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Center, adjacent to the Greenhouses, is up the hill on the left. Follow signs to Greenhouses.
From the East:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 14 (Weston). Go south on Interstate 95 (Route 128) for 1/2 mile to Route 16, Exit 21B. Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles to a stoplight (5-way intersection) in the town of Wellesley. Bear left at this light (do not take a “hard” left) proceeding up the hill with the church on your right. Continue for about ¾ mile until the next stop light. Take a right at this light into the Rte. 16 entrance to Wellesley College – there is a “Wellesley College” sign.
Proceed to the first road on right (about ¼ mile) – a black sign lists the Science Center and East Campus, among other destinations. Turn right and follow this road as far as it goes until you see a parking lot (the Gray Lot) on your left. The Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Center, adjacent to the Greenhouses, is up the hill on the left. Follow signs to Greenhouses.
From the North or South:
Take I-95/Route 128 to Route 16 West, Exit 21. Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles, using directions from the east (above).
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
The outdoor spaces of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens are open daily, dawn to dusk.
The Ferguson Greenhouses
Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
The greenhouses are closed on Saturday and Sunday from June 15 – August 18, 2013.
The weekend hours of 8 am to 4 pm will resume starting the weekend of August 24-25.
There is no charge for entrance.
The Davis is home to distinguished permanent collections from around the globe.
Wellesley offers a variety of eateries, from fancy to homey to chains.