Massachusetts Gardens

Beverly: Long Hill

Beverly, Massachusetts Long Hill Long Hill was the summer home of Ellery Sedgwick, editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and his first wife, Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, a horticulturist, gardener, and author who designed and planted the original gardens. After her death in 1937, Sedgwick’s second wife, the former Marjorie Russell, added to the gardens, including unusual […]

Boylston: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston, Massachusetts Tower Hill Botanic Garden The Frank L. Harrington Sr. Orchard displays 238 trees of 119 pre-twentieth century apple varieties. Other offerings include the Lawn Garden, Secret Garden, Cottage Garden, Vegetable Garden, Wildlife Garden, Wildlife Refuge Pond and Systematic Garden. [ info ]

Cambridge: Glass Garden at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Cambridge, Massachusetts Glass Garden at Harvard Museum of Natural History Cactus (yes, that’s really glass) blue iris, rhododendron, mountain laurel, water lily, orchids, red maple, goldenrod and coffee plant — the Glass Flowers of Harvard are always in bloom. Called “the Sistine Chapel of the glass world,” over 840 scientifically accurate, life-size plant species were […]

Cambridge: Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts Mount Auburn Cemetery Founded in 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery is widely acknowledged as the catalyst for the “garden cemetery” movement, where landscaped parks become an alternative to burial in church graveyards. General Henry A. S. Dearborn, president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, along with Alexander Wadsworth, a civil engineer and surveyor, and others, […]

Danvers: Glen Magna Farms

Danvers, Massachusetts Glen Magna Farms Originally purchased during the War of 1812 as a summer retreat by wealthy Salem shipping merchant Joseph Peabody, the estate remained in the Peabody family for 144 years. Currently owned and restored by the local historical society, the grounds incorporate a series of gardens including: A pergola made up of […]

Framingham: Garden in the Woods

Framingham, Massachusetts Garden in the Woods Garden in the Woods is the headquarters and 45-acre botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. The Garden has one of the largest landscaped collections of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees in the Northeast and the New England Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants. Open April – […]

Jamaica Plain: Arnold Arboretum

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Arnold Arboretum The Arnold Arboretum occupies 265 acres of land in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. The living collections consist of some 7,082 plants representing 4,544 botanical and horticultural taxa, with particular emphasis on the woody species of North America and eastern Asia and an especially comprehensive representation of Fagus (beech), […]

Lenox: The Mount – Edith Wharton Garden

Lenox, Massachusetts The Mount – Edith Wharton Garden Edith Wharton (1862-1937), the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and an authority on architecture, interior design and landscape gardening, designed and built The Mount and its gardens based on principles outlined in her book, “The Decoration of Houses.” She believed gardens should be […]

Lenox: The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home & Garden

Photo: By Kevin Sprague, Studio Two. All images are copyright 2005 Edith Wharton Restorations, Inc.

An autobiographical house and garden of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edith Wharton.

Martha’s Vineyard: Mytoi (“me-toi”)

Chappaquiddick Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts Mytoi (“me-toi”) This 14-acre preserve features a Japanese-style garden with an island pond accessible by a bridge. There’s also a birch walk, camellia dell, stone garden, and hillside garden. A quarter-mile nature trail winds through a pitch pine forest and along the salt marshes of Poucha Pond. Open year-round. [ […]

Stockbridge: Berkshire Botanical Garden

Stockbridge, Massachusetts Berkshire Botanical Garden The collections (over 3,000 species and varieties) emphasize plants that thrive in the Berkshires and are displayed in an informal, country setting. The display gardens are laid out on a residential scale to inspire and inform the home gardener. [ info ]

West Tisbury: Polly Hill Arboretum

West Tisbury, Massachusetts Polly Hill Arboretum In 1957, at the age of 50, the horticulturist Polly Hill conceived the idea of growing an arboretum on the 60-acre Martha’s Vineyard farm she inherited from her parents. Over the next 40 years, she developed and introduced a wide variety of plants, including the North Tisbury azaleas. Other […]