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Massachusetts Horticultural Society's The Gardens at Elm Bank

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society's The Gardens at Elm Bank

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Fenway1959 wrote a review Dec 2020
Boston, Massachusetts581 contributions131 helpful votes
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We signed up for their "2020 Festival of Trees". We needed some time away from the Covid news. This looked like it might fit the bill. It was expensive admission of $45 for 2. We were in the last tour of the night. They were keeping groups to 10 or less with masks and distancing required. Finding the place was hard. The main entrance was not lit up at all. There were no lights along the road in so reading signs was via car headlights. A few solar lights would have done the trick. They gave us a cup of free hot chocolate when we checked in. It was hot and very nice. Our guide was really nice and full of information (thank you Eric!). There ended up being 3 rooms inside where there were things to see. The first was a model train room where an amazing layout was set up. It was really well done and because there were others in front of us, we had plenty of time to watch all of the action. Th next 2 rooms were filled by "homemade" christmas trees of differing types. Each was available via a raffle. While nice and very well made, our admission ended up really as a way to raffle trees and show us an amazing train layoutr. We were released after going through the raffle rooms onto the grounds. Lights were sparse. While we appreciated a "safe" night out, this was a real disappointment.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Kristina S wrote a review Oct 2019
Ashland, Massachusetts14 contributions10 helpful votes
This is a beautiful place and you might thing about getting a year membership. But don't! The place is open only May 3 – October 13. It's less than 6 months. And even during that short time it will close from time to time for weddings or special events.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Holly M wrote a review Aug 2019
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What a gem! The gardens are soothing and breathtaking. I had the pleasure of getting a tour from summer intern Mia, who was extremely knowledgeable about the gardens and designers. I had not been in a few years, and there are some new gardens such as the vegetable garden which is stunning. They also do important work here in their trial garden, testing new species for hardiness in the area .If you have not been to the The Gardens at Elm Bank - go! what a treat!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Noel F wrote a review May 2019
New York32 contributions8 helpful votes
The gardens are maintained by the Mass Horticultural Society providing a beautiful venue for a walk through well-tended gardens. The campus it a great spot for a wedding! The Festival of Trees in the time leading up to Christmas offer fun for the family with wagonrides and the opportunity to win one of the cleverly decorated trees for your home. Great for the whole family or for a quiet stroll alone. Hidden gem!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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P5019YFbarbarap wrote a review Nov 2018
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Excellent experience for all ages. Lovely gardens and grounds. Christmas holidays are lots of fun with wagonrides throughout the grounds, themed Christmas trees on display to be won through raffle tickets, fabulous winter train display.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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