Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Cannonball Tree in Bloom - Ferguson Greenhouses
Plant Guild in Edible Ecosystem Garden
Paramecium Pond - Alexandra Botanic Garden
Warm Temperate House - Ferguson Greenhouses
The Silver Thread - Alexandra Botanic Garden
Earth Star - Ferguson Greenhouses
Desert House Landscape - Ferguson Greenhouses
Japanese Maple Allee - H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum
Cycad Cone - Ferguson Greenhouses
Larch - Alexandra Botanic Garden

The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens (WCBG) are campus treasures.


Read the Wellesley magazine article about celebrating WCBG's botanical treasures through art.

The Alexandra Botanic Garden has specimen trees and shrubs from around the world in a picturesque 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.

For information about tours and visiting, click "Visit" above or call the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens office at 781-283-3094. 


NOTICE: Our Global Flora project is underway! The greenhouse construction site is closed to the public.


See a live view of the greenhouse construction.


Global Flora:
The Transformation of the Ferguson Greenhouses' Permanent Collection

Our new facility will be a showcase of living beauty highlighting plant form, as well as a new node for interdisciplinary science research and teaching, and an innovative example of sustainable design.

In the interim, our largest plants have temporary homes in the Science Center, which members of the College community are welcome to visit.

Follow the Global Flora project blog.



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Photo credits:  Kristina Jones, Gail Kahn, Vivi Leavy, Becky Saunders, David Sommers, Eileen Sprague