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 - Hudson

Overview

Sitting on the bank of the Assabet River, on the western edge of Middlesex County, Hudson has come to embody the quintessential “new New England town.” While maintaining its charming, traditional essence, the town’s revamped downtown area has injected an air of trendiness and excitement to go along with its serene natural beauty.

History

Previously a village of Marlborough, Hudson was incorporated as its own town in 1866. Taking full advantage of its location along the Assabet River, the town quickly became a thriving factory town and home to 17 different shoe factories, even becoming known as “Shoe Town.” The availability of work opportunities made it an ideal place for immigrants to come to work and raise a family, and the land was settled by newcomers of predominantly Irish and Portuguese descent.

Local Offerings

With an influx of younger residents, Hudson has become a trendier, contemporary town, and its culinary offerings reflect this demographic shift. For those who enjoy a local craft brew, there’s Medusa Brewing Company and Ground Effect Brewing Company, which pair perfectly with a variety of artisanal cheeses from downtown’s Mullahy’s cheese shop. For the even younger crowd, Hudson offers many ways to pass the time, including Cellucci Skate and Splash Park and Roller Kingdom. For those looking to liven up their personal style or home décor, Hudson’s downtown is home to several clothing and home goods boutiques with offerings from both local and international artisans. Although these local shops and boutiques add to the charm of Hudson, it is still home to many of the big-box stores that simply make life a little more convenient.