The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens (WCBG) are campus treasures.
The Alexandra Botanic Garden has specimen trees and shrubs from around the world in a picturesqe landscape. A tiny brook winds through the garden from a waterfall to Paramecium Pond. The H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum has several different habitats, including a maple swamp, meadow, and fragments of different forest types, with mostly native species. Other specialized gardens include a bog garden, a dwarf conifer garden, a butterfly garden, and our Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden.
To explore the flora of other climates, visit the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses to experience plant life from the deserts of Mexico and Africa to the rainforests of Malaysia and Brazil. Seasonal displays combine with permanent collections to present an ever-changing immersion in the wonderful world of plants.
For information about tours and visiting, click "Visit" above or call the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens office at 781-283-3094.
The Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses are open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day of the week during the academic year.
The outdoor gardens are open daily, dawn-dusk.
Greenhouse Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.
From June 13 - August 16, the greenhouses are closed on weekends.
Weekend hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. will resume on Saturday, August 22.
The Transformation of the Ferguson Greenhouses' Permanent Collection
We will soon be reconstructing the five major houses of the Ferguson Greenhouse complex, transforming our 1920's facility into a showcase of living beauty highlighting plant form. Global Flora will become a new node for interdisciplinary science research and teaching at the College, as well as an innovative example of sustainable design.
Follow the Global Flora project blog here.
Photo credits: Kristina Jones, Gail Kahn, Vivi Leavy, Becky Saunders, David Sommers, Eileen Sprague