Wellesley, Massachusetts, is known as one of the most affluent towns in the Boston area. It offers a main street packed with shops worth a look and restaurants worth a try. But it is at the Gardens at Elm Bank that Wellesley proves its worth. A stunning collection of gardens, open for exploration, provides visitors with the chance to explore and enjoy nature. Of all the gardens of Elm Bank, it is at Weezie's Garden, in particular, that kids can be kids and one with nature.
Weezie's Garden is located in Wellesley, a town around 15 miles southwest of Boston's center. — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Put on your play clothes, grab your picnic basket and head to Weezie's Garden. Built to honor the memory of a little girl who passed too young, Weezie's Garden celebrates the idea of eternal childhood. A whimsical space that is tucked within its own area among the 37 acres that comprise Elm Bank, Weezie's Garden is a natural playground.
Various themed gardens come together in this space to entice little ones to use their imaginations and play. With expansive pathways, this stroller-friendly (but a little bumpy) area welcomes even the smallest of visitors. But those who can run, jump and climb will have the most fun in Weezie's Garden.
The fun begins when you ascend the stone steps leading to the the stunning tree house. Made of sticks from an actual tree, this tree house's Swiss Family Robinson feel takes you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allowing you to feel free.
Climb to the top of the tree house and have a look around. The entire garden is within eyesight, making the tree house a great spot for planning your next move.
Kids will love digging in the sand pit, where, shovels, buckets and other sand toys are provided for use while on site. When children arrive, yours may just forget you're there, giving you a little down time to watch in wonder of their innocence.
As children wander the paths, they'll come across more spectacular sites like the koi fish in the small pond, named Tortoise Island. Here, kids can admire the inhabitants - who put on a show for their guests - as they circle around.
Larger-than-life bluebird nests at Weezie's Garden — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
A bit further in, you'll come across a collection of giant bird's nests that are nestled in seclusion. Made from tree branches, the bluebird house garden is a favorite spot. Here, kids can pretend to be birds and snuggle into the nests, or enjoy the perfect spot to hide when playing hide-and-seek.
Before you exit Weezie's Garden, make sure you strike a pose in the over-sized Red Chair. The photo's sure to become a keepsake of your time in this magical place.
When you've finished exploring, make your way to the picnic tables on the grassy lawn outside Weezie's entrance and dive into the goodies you've packed (maybe purchased in Wellesley Center), while your kids run wild.
Just be sure to leave a donation in one of the many boxes - $5 per adult is suggested - as Elm Bank is a Massachusetts Horticultural Society property. Every penny helps keep it special.