Framingham’s Garden in Woods Re-Opens

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FRAMINGHAM – Garden in the Woods in Framingham has re-opened, as of today, June 1.

The woodland botanical garden, located at 180 Hemenway Road, is typically open mid-April to mid-October. The delayed opening was due to the coronavirus panemic.

“We are delighted to be welcoming you back to Garden in the Woods. As you know, public health concerns impose restrictions on our operations, including limiting parking and the number of visitors, offering admission only by timed tickets with advance purchase, and collecting names and phone number for ALL visitors to facilitate contact tracing by health officials if needed. We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you’ll feel rewarded by the beauty and magic of the Garden,” wrote the Native Plant Trust on its website.

Due to the coronavirus, there are no same-day tickets online or at the gate.

Visitors must purchase tickets online, 24 hours in advance of their desired entrance time.

“We are admitting a limited number of people in each time slot; you may need to purchase tickets in sequential time slots to accommodate your party. On the ticketing page, you will be asked to give the name and phone number of every person for whom you are buying a ticket; “guest of” is not permissible, given the state’s requirements. The time slot is an entry window; you may stay as long as you like. The last slot is 3:40-4 pm, which gives visitors arriving at 4 pm an hour to enjoy the Garden before it closes,” wrote the Native Plant Trust.

Click HERE to purchase Garden admission tickets for the month of June.

July tickets will be available soon, followed by the rest of the season when details about later phases of the Massachusetts reopening plan are available.

  • Veterans and active duty service personnel, please use the Military ticket option and bring your military ID.
  • Group members of Native Plant Trust, please use the Member ticket option online and bring your valid pass.
  • American Horticulture Society Reciprocity: members of participating gardens outside the 90-mile exclusion zone, please use the Member ticket option and bring your garden’s valid membership card.
  • Library Patrons, please use the Library Patron ticket option and bring the valid pass from your library. While libraries remain closed, this ticket option is not available.

The parking lot at the Garden is closed to visitors, so that we can manage both Garden admissions and customer pickup of plant orders in accordance with state mandates.

Garden visitors should park on public streets and walk in via the gate near the Woodland Garden, where staff will greet you.

Visitors may also be dropped off at the gate while a member of your party parks the car. 

This gate is just a few yards down Hemenway Road from the main entrance to the Garden.

No parking is allowed on Hemenway Road, as it restricts access for emergency vehicles.

The buildings are closed to the public.

There are no restrooms and no drinking fountains available at this time.

There are also no benches or picnic tables, and the Family Activity Area is closed until the state permits play areas to reopen.

The shop and plant sales area are also closed, although you may contact the shop by phone (508-877-7630 x3601) or email (gardennatives@NativePlantTrust.org) to place an order and may schedule a video shopping appointment.

At this time, docent tours and cart tours are not available—but you can take an audio tour using UniGuide. We recommend downloading the app and tour before you arrive

And more rules:

  • Wear a face mask at all times
  • Stay 6 feet from other people
  • Stay on the paths
  • Observe all signs restricting public access
  • Leave your pets at home
  • No smoking

The path through the Garden is one-way.

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