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''Water Whimsy'' at Garden in the Woods

Filed under: Home & Garden by Randy Harris at 8:24 pm on August 17, 2010
Water Whimsey - Fountain at Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, Aug 17 to Sept 7, 2010

Granite bowl (hand-carved by a local craftsman) with bamboo pump is one of the nine garden water features on exhibit at Garden in the Woods.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - "Water Whimsy", an installation of large and small water features is now on display at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA.

In addition to the Michael Mazur fountain in the entrance garden and the Nate McCullin bird baths in the wildlife garden, there are nine features which appear in Water Whimsy.

They are located; at the entrance to the Curtis Path, in the Idea Garden and Edible Garden, adjacent to the Rain Garden, and opposite the Patio Garden.

Included in the show are ...[read more]

Happenings at Garden in the Woods

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 11:36 am on May 5, 2006
PHOTO: New England Wild Flower Society - Ladyslipper (2006)

This beautiful rare ladyslipper (C. reginae) is just one of the thousands of plants at the renowned New England Wild FLower Society plant sale.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, premier native plant botanic garden and nursery is now open for the season.

View 1,500 native species in naturalistic habitat displays, including 200 rare and endangered species, and thousands of seasonal blooms on 45 acres.

All purchases and membership support the health of the natural environment. 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA. (508) 877-7630.

SPRING HOURS: Open daily, April 15-June 15; 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.;

SUMMER HOURS: June 17-October 31st daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Admission: $7, Seniors: $5, Children and Young Adults (6-18 yrs): $3, Members and Children under 6: Free.

Tours daily at 10 except Sundays at 2, no reservations required. Museum Shop, plant nursery and 275 special courses and events.

Upcoming Events


May 7 (Sun) FREE 1pm Meet Carol Stocker of The Boston Globe signing and discussing her new book, The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac. Purchase copies at the Museum Shop at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630.

(Erythronium-Americanum) New England Wild Flower Society, Photo by Dorothy Long

Here are some of the woodland wildflowers in their Spring glory at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods.

May 14 (Sun) FREE 1pm Tom Smarr, New England Wild Flower Society Horticulture Director lecture/demo “Great Wildflowers for the Woodland Garden” Afterwards he and his staff help with custom native plant selections.

May 21 (Sun) FREE 1pm Author and New England Wild Flower Society Nursery Director William (Bill) Cullina lecture/demo: “Top Ten Native Woody Plants for Landscaping” Afterwards he and staff help with custom native selection and book signing.

May 28 (Sun) and again June 18 FREE 1pm Tom Smarr, New England Wild Flower Society Horticulture director lecture/demo: “The best tools in the trade for planting, pruning, and plant care.”

PLAN AHEAD: PLANT SALE PREVIEW PARTY – Friday, June 9th 5-8 pm. Enjoy New England Wild Flower Society’s largest plant sale in the northeast, and an evening of earthly delights, music, tasty treats, expert advice, and perfect shopping without the crowds. $25 ticket benefits plant conservation and gains admission to an unforgettable garden evening.

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630. Reservations at

(Photos Courtesy of New England Wild Flower Society).


America's Oldest Plant Conservation Institution Welcomes New Director

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 9:36 pm on January 17, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - New England Wild Flower Society announced that Gwen Stauffer, formerly of Warrenton, Virginia will lead America's oldest plant conservation institution as Executive Director, beginning January 20th 2005.

"Gwen Stauffer loves native plants", said Frances Clark, the Society's new President, and botany faculty member of the Society's education program. A rising star in public horticulture, Gwen is enthusiastically looking forward to taking on the challenges of the Society's strategic plans for conservation and horticulture. She succeeds David DeKing, who contributed ten years of remarkable conservation leadership.

"I am thrilled to part of such a great team doing such significant work", said Ms. Stauffer. Even though the New England Wild Flower Society's plant conservation work spans more than a century, there is still a great deal of critical work ahead of us to keep our natural areas healthy and conserve our native plant heritage. I'm particularly interested in the Society's role in sharing education programs throughout the region'. The Society collaborates with many regional organizations, such as the Arnold Arboretum, the Delta Institute in Bowdoin Maine, the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden , the Yale Peabody Museum, and other fine institutions with shared goals. New England Wild Flower Society offers the largest public native plant education program in America with more than 250 classes, tours, and events for adults and children. Strategic plans include new plant education opportunities in all six New England states, including the Society's certificate program offerings for students seeking an in-depth native plant educational experience.

Ms. Stauffer has a passionate commitment to the mission of public horticulture and conservation. She developed her twenty-year career in horticulture after receiving a B.S. Degree from the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture and a Masters Degree in Public Horticulture Leadership and Administration from the Longwood Program affiliated with the University of Delaware. Stauffer's stellar background includes seven years at Hillwood Museum and Gardens, the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, in Washington, D.C. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Gardens at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. Ms. Stauffer serves on multiple committees of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA).

The new Director will develop strategic initiatives including work on Nasami Farm, the Society's new native plant nursery in Whately, Massachusetts and the creation of the next Flora of New England, by Arthur Haines. She heads the Society's continuing award-winning programs including three conservation programs served by more than 900 volunteers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

For information call 508-877-7630 or visit


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