Weezie’s Garden, Elm Bank, MA

Weezie's Garden is the one-acre children's garden at Elm Bank, an estate garden in Wellesley, MA cared for by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Designed by Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio using the image of the growth of an unfurling fern frond, the garden is composed as a series of small "tendrils," each offering a different activity. In the active center of the garden lies a Tortoise Island with water play activities, a Raked Sand garden, and a Mount with a Viewing Tower for children to climb and look over the garden from on high. In the Tendril Gardens, the small garden areas that spiral off this main path, JMMDS created a Maypole Garden, a Bamboo Garden, a Bluebird Garden (complete with child-sized birds' nests), and a Butterfly Garden. In the Woodland Walk through the Hemlock Grove, children can build forts and fairy castles of sticks, shells, pine cones, and other natural materials. Throughout the garden, rustic huts, benches, and treehouses offer places to sit and contemplate.

LOCATION:

Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA

COLLABORATORS:

Tower, resting hut, birds nests, and fencing: Romancing the Woods

INSPIRATION:

The growth of an unfurling fern frond

PHOTOGRAPHY BY:

Massachusetts Horticultural Society


READ MORE on the JMMDS BLOG:

"Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Celebrates 20 Years!"