Five Green Spots to Visit in the Rain

All right, it’s crummy weather out there. If you want to see flowers this weekend–or at least walk around somewhere that smells good–you still have some options.

Want a road trip? The Tower Hill Botanic Garden is having an Ikebana show this weekend through Sunday. If the rain does slow, you can stroll the charming grounds. The Garden includes a stunning orangerie. Tower Hill is what the Massachusetts Horticultural Society would have produced in an alternate universe where the board was competent.

In Concord, the Old Manse is opening for the season. This house was a “flashpoint for the American intellectual revolution that inspired transcendentalism and the modern conservation movement,” according to the Trustees of Reservations. Everyone there loved nature, but there *is* a roof– and an heirloom vegetable garden on the grounds.

Boston Flower ShowThe good old Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses in Wellesley are open, as are the Lyman Estate Greenhouses in Waltham.The Ferguson Greenhouses have a wide variety of plants packed into a fairly small space. The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are smaller still, and focus on a few species (camellias, orchids, grapes), but they date from the 19th century and feature a resident cat.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is currently displaying very long trailing nasturtiums in honor of Ms. Gardner’s birthday.

And if you’re truly sick of the outdoors, you can always go stare at Harvard’s Glass Flowers.

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