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The outdoor spaces of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens are open daily, dawn to dusk. The Ferguson Greenhouses are open every day of the week, weekends and holidays included, from 8 am to 4 pm except during the summer. The greenhouses are closed on Saturday and Sunday from mid-June to late August.

There is no charge for entrance to the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, and tours are free. To arrange a docent-guided tour or bring a large group to the greenhouses (more than a family or two), please contact the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens: or (781) 283-3094. Classes and other groups use the greenhouses, so it's a good idea to call ahead if you want to be sure to see all of the available greenhouses. Two weeks' advance notice is needed to schedule a tour. 

Self-Guided Tours

Print and bring these information sheets with you to get the most out of your visit to the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

Click here for a Ferguson Greenhouse Self-Guided Tour

Click here for an Alexandra Botanic Garden and H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum Self-Guided Tour


The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens' Visitor Center is adjacent to the Science Center and greenhouses. All visitors to the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens should park in Wellesley College's Gray Lot. For visitors with a handicap plate or placard: one handicap space is available right in front of the Visitor Center.

Participants in classes and programs held at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens' Visitor Center should note: during the academic year when the College is in session, parking on campus is restricted. Use of the College's Davis Parking Facility or carpooling from off-campus is strongly encouraged.

Art and Photography in the Greenhouses

Art and photography are welcome in the Ferguson Greenhouses as long as you avoid blocking walkways and respect all greenhouse rules.

  • You and all your equipment must stay on the walkways.
  • Oil and acrylic paints are not permitted in the greenhouses.
  • Plants must be drawn, painted or photographed just as they are displayed, without misting, placing backgrounds, or moving plants or labels.
  • Please clean up after yourself.
  • We regret that we cannot allow outside art or photography classes to use the greenhouses as a class venue.

Photo shoots are not permitted in the Ferguson Greenhouses.

Contact Us:

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481