Botanic Gardens

Flower power: MetroWest boasts four botanic gardens exhibiting rare flora in every season.

Acton Arboretum

Acton Arboretum

Taylor Road, Acton  01720

978-264-9631  

Garden in the Woods

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Street, Framingham 01701

508-877-7630  

Operated by the New England Wild Flower Society, the 75 rolling acres of trails that wind through a variety of natural woodland floral habitats display the largest landscaped collection of wildflowers in the Northeast.  Open April-October.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank

Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank

900 Washington Street, Wellesley 02482

617-933-4900  

Enjoy 12 beautiful gardens, including Weezies’ Children’s Garden, Italianate Garden, and Bressingham Garden--a must-see! May 1–October 12, Tuesday– Sunday, 10 am–4pm. Adult $8; children under 12 free; members free. Daily garden tours and family programs.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, Boylston 01505

508-869-6111  

The world-class garden that’s always in season, with displays and events throughout the year. Only 45 minutes west of Boston, Tower Hill is truly a garden paradise

Wellesley College Botanic Garden

Wellesley College Botanic Garden

106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481

781-283-3094  

22 outdoor acres of specimen plantings and habitat gardens as well as 7,200 square feet of exotic specimens under glass in the Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses. The greenhouses are open 8am - 4pm daily; gardens are open dawn-dusk.

Recreation - Fall Walking Trail

Recreation - BAA Start

Recreation - Bowditch

Community Spotlight - Millis

Overview

Named for its founder, Lansing Millis, Millis is a quintessential picturesque New England suburb. Just nineteen miles southwest of Boston, and easily accessible by routes 109 and 115, it is made up of lovely residential and rural areas and is dotted with serene lakes, rolling meadows. and bubbling brooks.

 

History

Formerly East Medway, Millis, a town rich in history, incorporated as a separate town in 1885. Millis is home to several historical buildings with the most notable being the Niagara Hall Fire House. This recently renovated firehouse was built in 1878 and is covered almost completely on the inside by flowing murals created by Boston artist George Story. The town is currently pushing to restore the original artwork and return this one-of-a-kind historical landmark to its former glory. 

Recreation

As autumn returns, so too does our signature fall foliage, and there is no better place to enjoy the colors than the many picturesque parks, ponds, and trails in Millis. Enjoy the season on the waters of Bugastow Brook and the Charles River, or on one of the many hiking and horse-riding trails that criss-cross the Millis Landscape. 

 

Dining

Adding to the flavor of Millis, Twist Bakery Café is known nationally as a pioneer for recipes devised for the gluten-sensitive and those with food allergies. Their entire menu is gluten-free and nut-free (except coconut), and most of their items are even dairy-free.  If you’re looking to grab a bite somewhere a little more traditional, Primavera offers up a wide variety of classic Italian dishes with a dash of all- American favorites, all in a lovely upscale environment.