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  Houghton Garden

LOCATION: Chestnut Hill

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Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrance at:

Suffolk Road  

MBTA: a 0.5 mile walk from Chestnut Hill Station, Green Line

Other maps and aerial photos:   Newton Assessor   Bing   

Connects to: Webster Conservation Area

SIZE: 10 acres

LONGEST WALK: 0.4 miles (a longer walk that includes this park)


OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Conservation Commission


Here in Newton is a wild garden that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its gracious paths, overhung by azalea and rhododendron, wind around a stream and lagoon-like pond. Water features were designed by Warren Manning, who formerly worked for the Olmsted studio. Uncommon migrating birds are seen here.

The alpine rock garden on a ledge overlooking Houghton Pond was one of the first of its kind. Especially lovely are the climbing hydrangea, the naturalized lily of the valley, the wood hyacinth, the umbrella pine, and other exotic evergreens.


1906 Garden started by Mrs. Clement S. Houghton, who lived in the Spanish mission style house at 152 Suffolk Road.
1968 Garden was taken by eminent domain by Newton, after Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Association fought off an eminent-domain bid to develop the property for an art school.
1999 Garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2000-2003 City of Newton rehabilitated the garden using funds from Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Department of Environmental Management.

Accessibility icon ADVOCATES & CARETAKERS:

Chestnut Hill Garden Club
PO Box 67442
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Chestnut Hill Association


Newton's Secret Garden

An unusual rock?

Discover Historic Chestnut Hill brochure

Chestnut Hill Association

Birding reports

Photos by Daniel Jackson

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