Massachusetts is celebrating summer, the perfect time to view the state’s spectacular scenery in full bloom. From the beginning of May right through to mid October, is the flourishing primetime for the gardens and it is the ideal period to explore the rich tradition of gardening and horticultural in Massachusetts. The gardens are one of the gifts of Massachusetts’ English heritage and the sights, history and horticultural tips are guaranteed to inspire not just those already interested in gardens, but everyone.
Massachusetts has an abundance of garden types, from historic homes and gardens to botanic gardens. Whether you are interested in plant species, beautiful walks, horticultural seminars or historical sites; Massachusetts has an array of attractions within its long list of gardens.
UK and Ireland Account Manager, Julie Greenhill, says “May through to October is definitely our favourite time of year in Massachusetts as it’s so beautiful, but there is always plenty to do from outdoor activities, Segway tours, beautiful beach walks, whale watching, to name but a few.”
The gardens that guests should have on their garden lists:
There are many firsts and must sees in Boston. The Boston Public Garden is America’s first botanical garden and the Arnold Arboretum is America’s oldest public garden. Nearby in Framingham is the Garden in the Woods with the largest collection of local plant species in the region including a garden of rare and endangered species, and it is the headquarters of the New England Wild Flower Society.
The Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod is known for its rhododendrons and daylilies, thousands of rhododendron shrubs burst into bloom during the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June. This is definitely a must see as well as Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha’s Vineyard’s horticultural and botanical landmark where guests will find rare trees and shrubs among stone walls, meadows and fields.
The Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston is also a tourist favourite, featuring 132 acres of hilltop gardens with panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett and the reservoir. The Lawn Garden has more than 350 varieties of trees and shrubs, the Secret Garden has an array of scented and textured perennials and The Systematic Garden is arranged scientifically regarding the plant’s evolutionary relationships.
Explore highlights and gardens of Massachusetts with America As You Like It for eight nights from £1215 pp (twin share), price includes flights, car hire and accommodation. For more information and to book please visit http://bit.ly/1JXkMaX. Massachusetts in full Bloom can also be explored with North America Travel Service for ten nights from £1493 per person (twin share) includes flights, car hire and accommodation. For more information and to book, please visit http://bit.ly/1BlCSlB.
This year Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is inviting visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (30th June – 5th July) to discover The Massachusetts Garden as part of Discover America’s Great Gardens of the USA. Sadie May Studios has designed a Boston city garden inspired by both the modern and historic elements of this East Coast city. For more information on this exhibit please visit http://bit.ly/1emOZES