Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
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.
Photo credits: Kristina Jones, Gail Kahn, Vivi Leavy, Becky Saunders, David Sommers, Eileen Sprague