Indoor Gardens to Inspire You

January 19, 2016

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

With the holidays behind us, but spring still too far from our reach, you may be looking for some vegetative stimulation.  Below are three indoor gardens from across the state to help get you through the winter.


Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA

A must see if you are in Boston is the magnificent atrium garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  As an added bonus, you may also want to catch their Landscape Lectures, inspiring presentations by landscape architects.  They are open daily from 11am – 5:00pm, Thursday until 9:00pm and closed on Tuesday.  Please note that admission closes at 4:30pm daily and 8:30pm on Thursday.

If you are looking for creative inspiration, look no further than the Botanic Garden of Smith College.  In the late 1880s, Frederick Law Olmsted developed a comprehensive landscape scheme for the growing campus.  Olmsted’s 1893 plan included curving drives and walkways, open spaces with specimen trees and sweeping vistas over Paradise Pond.  Today, you can visit these and much more.  Located in Northampton, they are open from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.  Don’t forget to check out their Conservatory in March for their annual Spring bulb show.

Lastly, another place to stir the senses is Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.  Open Tuesday through Sunday, this indoor oasis also offers cooking demonstrations, tai chi classes and even afternoon tea on selected days.

We hope you get a chance to explore these wonderful indoor escapes.