Garden in the Woods
Through October 31
How is a garden planted? In the city, workmen come with flatbeds of little plants. They plant them. Then they come with trees – Japanese red maples, small dogwoods – in plastic bags. They plant them, too. They return with grass. Sometimes you notice, often you don’t.
In Framingham, 75 years ago, another extraordinary “garden” – a naturalistic landscape - was planted, cultivated and patiently expanded by two pioneering protectors of North American native plants, Will C. Curtis and Howard “Dick” Stiles. Now deservedly designated a museum with over 1,500 types of plants on 45 acres, New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods is celebrating its three-quarter century mark with “Art Goes Wild,” 11 unique installations by landscape architect W. Gary Smith. They add Smith’s mark to an already breathtaking site as they spark a gardener’s imagination and reduce a city dweller’s stress.