We offer free group tours of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens led by trained volunteer docents.
A minimum of two weeks' notice is needed to schedule a tour, which is generally given between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday -- Friday. All tours start in the Visitor Center, adjacent to the greenhouses.
During the spring, summer and fall, groups can tour the outdoor gardens. The Alexandra Botanic Garden and Hunnewell Arboretum offer more than 500 species of woody plants set in a 22-acre Olmsted-inspired landscape. Scattered amongst towering specimen trees are distinctive species and cultivars of azaleas, lilacs, viburnums, Japanese maples and rhododendrons, providing displays of spring bloom and bold autumn foliage. The tour route contains stairs, hills and uneven paths, and is not suitable for strollers or those with mobility issues.
Arboretum tours usually last 1 - 1½ hours. Tour lengths are flexible, depending upon the attention span and stamina of the group.
NOTICE: The Ferguson Greenhouses are permanently closed. Greenhouse tours are no longer being scheduled.