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Lyman Estate Greenhouses

185 Lyman Street, Waltham, MA
781-891-4882, ext. 244
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Waltham
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites, Specialty Shops
Most recent review
- Feb 11, 2014
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Newfields, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the Lyman Estate very much. It is very quaint and unusual. The Camelias were just going by and we plan to return next season. We purchased Orchid cactus.

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Winter landscape of white outside, and spectacular warmth and color inside! Winter is the season of Camellias! The colors and slight fragrance refresh one's senses. As you enter the greenhouses, citrus plants, brick walls, orchids and a ceiling of beautiful Bougainvillea welcome the visitor. Stepping into the greenhouses is like stepping back in time. The character of the Lyman Estate... More

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Medfield, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Yesterday was one of those nasty New England days that fairly scream, ‘stay indoors’. And so we did. But there are many kinds of ‘indoors’. The one we chose to huddle in featured a dazzling fuschia bougainvillea canopy, hundreds of orchids, a mass of camellias bursting to open, and several thousand assorted citrus, herb, tropical and other specialty plants. And... More

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Monroe, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

This was a fun stop after dropping of son at school. I just started an orchid collection and was happy to see they had some for sale.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

This is a great place to visit, especially during the winter months.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

If you're in this area in the winter time, particularly when the camellias are blooming, the Lyman Estate Greenhouses are worth a visit. You'll forget the cold for a while in this historic site, where you can walk between a series of about four small, almost train car-like greenhouses that house orchids, camellias and more. Also a great place to... More

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Karlsruhe, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2009

When I visited the estate the house was closed due to a later wedding so I only went to see the greenhouses. The glasshouses were quite nice and idyllic. However the requested donation of 3$ per person does not seem to be justified. Not only the plants and houses are rarely described or explained but the whole area is rather... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2007

In February, I visited the greenhouses at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts to see the camellias in bloom. These greenhouses are maintained by the nonprofit Historic New England organization and are some of the oldest in the country. The greenhouses were very interesting and I highly urge you visit. The first three greenhouses contain citrus, banana, grape vines and... More

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