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Text and photos by Julie Moir Messervy.


Butterfly Garden at Weezie's Garden, Mass Hort.

Weezie’s Garden’s Butterfly Bench looks out at the Butterfly Garden that is about to erupt in blooms.

On Thursday, June 2nd, Mass Hort put on a big soiree—The Twilight Garden Party—for 300 of its long-time supporters at Wellesley’s Elm Bank campus. Each of the twelve display gardens sparkled with beautiful plantings and immaculate maintenance.

I got there a bit early to walk through Weezie’s Garden—the children’s garden that JMMDS designed over fifteen years ago—and was absolutely thrilled by how beautiful it looked! Fun new play areas had been added, needed paths installed, water features renovated and extended, and the whole full of colorful plantings. It has never looked better! Everyone should make sure to visit The Gardens at Elm Bank and be proud of all that has been accomplished there.


Weezie's Garden water feature

Weezie’s Garden’s renovated water garden now features a waterfall that flows along the spine of Tortoise Island.


Twilight Garden Party at Mass Hort

Mass Hort’s President Katharine MacDonald (in blue) and Honorary Chairperson Betsy Madsen and her husband Peter.


John Forti and Julie Moir Messervy at Mass Hort

Director of Horticulture and Education John Forti and I share a laugh at the event. It’s wonderful to know that Weezie’s Garden is in such competent and creative hands.


Birds' nests at Weezie's Garden, Mass Hort

Child-sized birds’ nests are perfect for taking a rest in the Bluebird Garden.


The Viewing Tower at Weezie's Garden

The Viewing Tower rises above lush plantings.



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  • Gail Kiley Sanders says:

    As Education Director at the time, it was a great project to work on with Julie! Sorry I had to miss the event.