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Boston Botanic Garden, Boston, MA
Adjacent to the famous Boston Common, the Boston Botanic Garden includes many specimen trees and plantings. Formal bedding schemes surround a statue of George Washington and the 'swan boats' plying the central lake are a favourite with children.

Address: Boston, Mass
Entrance fee- Free admittance

Boston Botanic Gardens

Boston Botanic Gardens

Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
265 acre founded in 1872 and administerd by Harvard Unversity. Research is an integral part of the work here. Thousands of trees and srhubs - best season May and June, and then again in autumn when the deciduous trees turn.

Address: The Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MAss.
Open- Daily all day (check hours for greenhouses)
Entrance fee- None in 2002
Owner- Harvard University
Tel +1 617 524-1717

The Mission House, Stockbridge, MA
A colonial-style dooryard garden of circular brick paths enclosed by a tidewater cypress fence. A kitchen garden divided by graveled walkways contains 100 herbs, perennials, and annuals of culinary or medicinal value to early colonists. A replica of an old cobbler shop serves as the entrance to the property. A grape arbor in the Well Courtyard behind the Mission House leads to a small Native American museum that tells the story of the Mohicans.

Address: 19 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
Open- Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m from Memorial Day weekend (May) to Columbus Day (October) Allow a minimum of half an hour
Entrance fee- Trustees Members free. Nonmembers: adult US$5.00, child (6-12) US$3.00. Groups of 15+ discount. Admission incl's tour.
Facilities- Gift shop, WC
Owner- Trustees of Reservations
Contact- +1 (413) 298-3239, Email westregion@ttor.org; Website www.thetrustees.org/pages/324_mission_house.cfm?redirect=yes

My-toi, Chappaquiddick Is, MA
Mytoi ("my-toy") is a small Japanese-style garden set within an open pine forest. In 1991, Hurricane Bob left the garden a tangle of uprooted trees and shrubs. Mytoi was redesigned and restored with mixed plantings of native and exotic trees and shrubs, some rare.

Address: Dike Road, Chappaquiddick Island, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Open- Daily year-round, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of a half hour
Entrance fee- Free. Donation welcome
Owner- Trustees of Reservations
Contact- +1 (508) 627-7689, Email capepoge@ttor.org; Website www.thetrustees.org/mytoi.cfm
Directions- From Edgartown-Chappaquiddick ferry, take Chappaquiddick Road 2.5 mi. At sharp right curve, continue straight onto Dike Road (dirt road) and follow for 0.3 mi. to entrance. Roadside parking not permitted. Strictly enforced!

Vermont Wildflower Farm, Shelburne VT
A major supplier of wildflower seeds. Six acres of wildflowers, both native and exotic, seeds, books and accesories for sale.

Address: US Route 7, 5 miles south Shelburne.
Open - 10.00am -5.00pm daily April to late October
Closed - Late October to end March
Entrance fee - Admittance fee includes free wildflower seeds
Tel 1 802 985-9455; Website www.americanmeadows.com

Vermont Wildflower Farm, Shelburne VT
Vermont Wildflower Farm, Shelburne VT

Naumkeag, Stockbridge, MA
Naumkeag was the summer "cottage" of the Choate family who began summering in Berkshire County in the 1870s. Surrounded by gardens designed in the 1920's by Fletcher Steele, this is one of tehe United States' definitive gardens. Most famous are the 'Blue Steps' ascending a sttep bank the white railings strike a chord against the white birch-tree trunks. Under the steps water falls through deep blue painted channels. A must.

Address: Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.
Open - 10.00am -5.00pm daily Memorial Day (May) to Columbus Day (October), allow a minimum of 1 hour for the garden, 2 hours if also taking house tour.
Closed - Late Columbus Day to Memorial Day
Entrance fee - (in 2003) Trustees Members: free. Nonmembers: Garden only: adult US$8.00, child (6-12) US$3.00; house & garden - adult US$10.00, child (6-12) US$3.00. Groups of 15+ discount applies
Facilities - gift shop, WC, tours of house, annual garden party each July
Owner - Trustees of Reservations
Contact- Tel 1 (413) 298-3239; Email: westregion@ttor.org; Website: www.thetrustees.org/pages/335_naumkeag.cfm?redirect=yes
Directions- From intersection of Routes 7 and 102 at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge center, take Pine Street north. Bear left on Prospect Hill Road and follow for 0.5 mi. to entrance.

Long Hill, Beverly, MA
From 1916 to 1979, Long Hill was the summer home of Ellery Sedgwick and Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, an accomplished gardener and author of 'The Garden Month by Month'. Mrs. Sedgwick designed and planted the original gardens. After her death in 1937, the 2nd Mrs. Sedgwick, Marjorie Russell, a distinguished gardener and propagator of rare plants, added many plants to the gardens, some introduced by the Arnold Arboretum. The gardens reflect the interests and tastes of both women. Five acres of gardens in a series of separate "rooms" surround the house. The gardens are surrounde by over 100 acres of woodland, an apple orchard, meadow, and agricultural fields.

Address: Essex Street, Beverly, MA
Open: Garden and grounds open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
Entrance Fee - Free. Donations welcome.
Facilities- Library, WC, Rare Plant Sale each May
Owner - Trustees of Reservations
Contact - Tel +1 (978) 921-1944; Email neregion@ttor.org; Website www.thetrustees.org/pages/314_long_hill.cfm?redirect=yes
Directions - From Route 128, exit 18, take Route 22 (Essex Street) north 1.3 mi. bear left at fork in road, continue for 0.2 mi to brick gate posts and entrance drive on left.

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