In a flawed attempt at garden maintenance, amateurs often construct a scarebee to deter pesky pollinators from cross-contaminating precious thoroughbred plants. Experience a naturally cultivated garden with today’s Groupon to New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods botanic garden in Framingham.
- For $10, you get two adult admissions (up to a $20 value).
- For $20, you get five adult admissions (up to a $50 value).<p>
The New England Wild Flower Society, the country’s oldest plant-conservation organization, maintains a fortress of floral cultivation that propagates and protects more than 1,000 native-plant species. The collection of native greenery displayed at the Garden in the Woods botanic garden preserves biodiversity for earth-friendly patrons. Visitors may wander through plant-based exhibits such as Native Buzz, which focuses on pollination (runs through August 31), as children watch the ducks, turtles, and fire-breathing dragonflies at the lily pond. Before visiting the Idea Garden, which schools amateur horticulturalists in native plants, guests can learn to recognize and incarcerate green intruders in the Invasive Plant Jail, then tearfully argue with them through visiting-room glass.
The Garden also offers guided tours aimed at introducing botanic beginners to native plants and horticulture without needing to dip their thumbs in green finger paint. After inhaling the leafy scents among the greenery, guests can adorn themselves in flora fervor with garden-shop souvenirs such as tree-speckled T-shirts and silver-colored water bottles.