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 $10; 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.

The outdooe gardens remain open during renovation of the greenhouses through 2019


Recreation - Fall Walking Trail

Recreation - BAA Start

Recreation - Bowditch

Community Spotlight - Milford

Settled as part of the town of Mendon in 1662, Milford made a name for itself as an early New England mill and mining town. Conveniently located on the Charles, Mill, and Blackstone rivers, the town utilized its natural resources to drive its early economic rise.

 

In addition to ample waterpower, the area yielded large deposits of beautiful pink Milford granite, discovered in 1870. Highly sought after, the polished stone was utilized in projects the world over and was even used in the building of the Washington Monument and the original Penn Station in New York City.

 

Just as Milford’s geography played a large part in the town’s early success, so too has its location provided a push for its latest revitalization over the past half-century. As the town’s economy stalled in the middle part of the 20th century, many residents made their way to other areas in search of work. Luckily, in 1969, Interstate 495 was built, making Milford easily accessible to this new corridor of transportation. Since then, the growing town has been moving at highway speeds.

 

Milford is still all about growth, especially growing locally, and you don’t have to look any farther than CraftRoots Brewing for proof. Not satisfied with simply joining in on the emerging craft beer scene, the local brewery and taproom was named the fastest growing brewery in the entire nation in 2018.

 

Community events continue to grow as well, with the inaugural July 4th parade in 2018 and the Celebrate Milford festival now in its third successful year.