Garden in the Woods

Hidden Valley

20th Year Anniversary – NEWF – Framingham, Massachusetts

Surviving 20 years in the green industry isn’t easy! To celebrate, we headed to Garden in the Woods in the heart of Framingham, Massachusetts. It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the gardens we strive to design.

20th Year Anniversary - NEWF - Framingham, Massachusetts
Butterfly Weed: 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

Garden in the Woods is a 45 acre common native and rare plant paradise owned and operated by the New England Wildflower Society.  Over 2 miles of paths lead you through bogs, woodlands and springs. You can purchase many of the plants you see in the gardens at the Garden Shop! Want to learn more? They have an extensive library along with gifts and light gardening supplies.

Joining us on this trip was our fine gardening crew from Distinctive Gardening. Ideally, they maintain the gardens we design. Their commitment and support of the naturalistic landscape has kept us enthused about the direction of American gardening.

20th Year Anniversary - NEWF - Framingham, Massachusetts
Distinctive Gardening and Zachary Berger Associates – August 2017

We suggest booking a guided tour with one of their knowledge volunteers. Just about any plant you aren’t familiar with, they can name it. In any case, you’ll want to plan ahead. Not all paths are handicap accessible and if you book ahead, you can reserve a boxed lunch!

In the late season you should be safe with planning an “informal drop-in” tour. This option is free with the price of admission, but only offered once a day.

Extensive knowledge has been gained in the last 20 years at ZBA. We feel better poised to provide exceptional design for our clients than ever before. Experiencing landscapes such as Garden in the Woods allows us to refresh, regroup and refocus as we continue to champion sound, designed environments.

20th Year Anniversary - NEWF - Framingham, Massachusetts
Wildflower Meadow
20th Year Anniversary - NEWF - Framingham, Massachusetts
Lily Pond
20th Year Anniversary - NEWF - Framingham, Massachusetts
Garden in the Woods Tour Group
20th Year Anniversary - NEWF - Framingham, Massachusetts
Pawpaw Orchard with Strawberry Understory

 

 

2 thoughts on “Garden in the Woods”

  1. I love the top photo and I’m super curious: did you STAKE those fallen branches into the valley floor like that to slow water and/or build soil? I’d love to know why you did so, other than the obvious beauty of it!

    1. Hi Annie – That’s an art installation at Garden in the Woods by W. Gary Smith. We’re not sure if the branches are staked or not. We would guess no, they aren’t. It’s quite interesting though!

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