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Guided Walk & Presentation at Garden in the Woods

  • Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA, 01701 United States (map)

Guided Walk at Garden in the Woods
Presentation by Rhoda Maurer
Director of Horticulture, Cornell Botanic Gardens

Join us at the Cornell Club of Boston’s fourth annual spring walk at Garden in the Woods in Framingham. Volunteer guides from the Garden will lead us along the trails and interpret what we're seeing. We’re hoping for a great show of flowers at this time of year.

We’re delighted to be joined by Rhoda Maurer, Director of Horticulture at Cornell Botanic Gardens, who will speak about “Discovering our Future: The Role of Plant Collections in Today’s World.”


Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA


Saturday, May 13, 2017 (rain or shine)
Register and pay online by Friday, May 5.


Meet at Education Center, Garden in the Woods

  • 1:00 pm - Presentation by Rhoda Maurer, Director of Horticulture, Cornell Botanic Gardens: “Discovering our Future: The Role of Plant Collections in Today’s World”
  • 2:00 pm - Guided walk starts
  • 3:30 pm (approx) - Guided walk ends

Due to limited parking, you may have to park on a nearby street and walk a few blocks, so we recommend that you arrive at the Garden parking lot by 12:40 pm


Adults: $20
Children (3-17 years old): $6
Children under 3: Free

Cost includes admission to the Garden and the presentation.


Please leave pets at home.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch or purchase snacks and drinks available at the Garden Shop, which also sells a beautiful selection of native plants, tools, and gifts.  Covered picnic tables are available outside the education building. 


If you have questions about this event, please contact Bob Feldman ‘66 at or 508-740-5390 (cell).

About Rhoda Maurer


Rhoda Maurer became Director of Horticulture at Cornell Botanic Gardens of Cornell University in February of 2015. Prior to this appointment, she managed the grounds and research greenhouses of Cornell University’s NY State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. She previously served as the Assistant Curator at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and has held other positions at The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Washington and the Royal Horticulture Society’s Garden at Wisley in the United Kingdom. Maurer holds degrees in Anthropology from the University of Washington, Horticulture from Edmonds Community College, and a Masters of Arts in Science in a Changing World from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Presentation summary

Discovering our Future: The Role of Plant Collections in Today’s World

Many botanic gardens were founded on extensive collections of plants gathered from excursions around the world. And while the drive of acquisition resulted in some of the most amazing current day assemblies and displays of plants in museums of living collections, today’s botanic gardens are clarifying how plant collections serve their public missions in context of community challenges. Join us for a lively conversation as Rhoda describes the important work that Cornell Botanic Gardens is doing to revitalize collections plans, practices and collaborations. The goal of this ongoing work is to inspire people to understand, appreciate and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain.  

About Garden in the Woods

Founded in 1900 as the Society for the Protection of Native Plants, the New England Wild Flower Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters are located at Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden that attracts visitors from all over the world. 

Set among 45 acres in Framingham, MA, Garden in the Woods is an amazing living museum named by Yankee Magazine as the best native plant botanical garden in New England. It displays a wide variety of common and rare native plants with over two miles of inviting paths leading through natural settings including a towering canopy of trees, ponds, a wooded bog, numerous springs, and an ever-flowing brook.