How to Enjoy the Spring Foliage in Greater Boston Mar 30, 2022

Spring has finally arrived! To commemorate the start of warmer weather, we have compiled the best places to enjoy some spring foliage. Don’t miss out on the beauty of springtime in the Boston area!

Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Established in 1856 and designed in the French boulevard style, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a beautiful 32-acre path surrounded by hundreds of trees including Sweetgum, Green Ash, Maple, and Japanese Pagoda—to name a few! The Commonwealth Avenue Mall leads to the Public Garden and Boston Common, so it’s a great place to start your foliage tour!

Get get the full history of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall on the City of Boston site.

The Public Garden

Take a scenic walk around the Public Garden—the first public botanical garden in America. Soak in the sunshine while looking at a variety of cherry blossoms including the Kanzan Flowering Cherry, Yoshino Cherry, and Sargent Cherry. The Victorian-style park also has thousands of tulips and pansies to see alongside breathtaking landscaping. Be sure to check out this Boston gem!

Read more about the Public Garden and Boston Common here.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

If you want a dual indoor-outdoor experience, the Gardner Museum might be the perfect place for you! Not only can you see some of the best blooms and greenery the city has to offer, but you can also view their interior art collections. Don’t forget to head over to the Monk’s Garden for a peaceful stroll through the trees. There’s something for everyone here.

Plan your visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!

Kelleher Rose Garden

Come and smell the roses at the Kelleher Rose Garden. As part of the Emerald Necklace Conservatory, the garden is open daily from May to October. You can see over 1,500 roses, arched trellises, statues, a 1930s-style fountain in the garden center. It’s the right place to enjoy a quiet moment alone or go on a romantic walk.

See what other events are hosted by the Emerald Necklace Conservatory.

Garden in the Woods

For those who enjoy a weekend drive, consider visiting the Garden in the Woods in Framingham. Located about 25 miles west of Boston, this 45-acre botanical garden feels like a fairyland. Visitors often describe the garden as magical as they view New England’s native plants and wildflowers, which reach their peak bloom in May.

Learn more about hours of operation and how to purchase tickets to the Garden of the Woods.

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