Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens offers lectures and workshops that present new ideas, research, and critical thinking about the role plants play in the world today.
Art programs focus on watercolor painting and botanical art. WCBG Friends offers a Certificate in Botanical Art and enjoys a close relationship with the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA), a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The Friends is a co-sponsoring partner with Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Ecological Landscape Alliance, Garden Club of the Back Bay, and New England Wild Flower Society.
Please make checks payable to WCBG Friends. Mail to:
Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Program and Class Information
Advance Registration: We require advance registration for all classes and field trips. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of payment. Register early to ensure your place in a desired class. A separate, fully-completed form must be submitted for each person registering for a program.
We regret that we cannot accept credit cards for program registration. We accept checks or money orders payable to WCBG Friends. We require separate checks for membership and program registration.
If registration numbers are insufficient, WCBG Friends reserves the right to cancel a program. In this case, a full refund will be issued.
Member Discount: Members of Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens receive a discount on all programs, courses and trips sponsored by WCBG Friends.
Confirmations: If you require a confirmation, call the WCBG Friends office at 781-283-3094 ext. 4. Confirmations for program registrations are sent only if the attendees require special instructions (for instance, materials lists).
Parking for Classes: During the academic year when the College is in session, parking on campus is restricted. Use of the Davis Parking Garage or car pooling from off campus is strongly encouraged. All other parking is restricted to Wellesley College's Gray Lot adjacent to the Science Center.
At the first session of your class, please stop at the WCBG Friends office for a parking pass which will identify your car to Campus Police.
Weather Cancellations: Program cancellations due to inclement weather are announced by recorded message at 781-283-3094. If you think that your program may be cancelled, please call WCBG Friends at this number.
We regret that no refunds or credits can be given for class cancellations less than one week prior to the start of class or for classes you have not attended. Special cancellation policies apply to overnight trips. Prior to the program's start date, registrations fees are refundable less a processing fee as follows:
- more than 30 days: processing fee = the greater of $15 or 10% of program fee
- 30 to 8 days: processing fee = the greater of $15 or 15% of program fee
- 7 days or less: registrations non-refundable and non-exchangeable