May flowers

05/5/23  |  Rebecca Taplin

As we walk through our neighborhoods in and around Cambridge and Somerville, the flowers are blooming with a rainbow of hues. And not only are we seemingly living in a Klimt painting, but the scents of spring are wafting through the air. From private residences to public parks and open spaces, we’re awash in color right now. We encourage you to take a stroll in your neighborhood and note all the natural beauty surrounding you; even the crabapple blossoms are lovely. If you’re itching for still more flowers, however, we’ve curated a collection of places you can visit to immerse yourself in the flora of the season.

Cut your own flowers 

Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury is offering pick-your-own tulip sessions for the next two weekends. Reservations are required, so follow the link to plan your outing.


Spend time with the bulbs

Trustees properties across Massachusetts are blossoming! Go to any of their incredible properties to see what’s in bloom, or target Steavens-Coolidge in North Andover or Naumkeag in Stockbridge for their spring bulb shows. 


Channel your inner botanist 

The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge makes for a unique spin on “seeing flowers” with their glass flower collection. If you haven’t seen them yet, you have to go! Artists, botanists, kids, and grownups will all find inspiration in this exhibit; then wander around their incredible collection of flora and fauna. Save this one for a rainy day activity! 


Wander among the trees

Arnold Arboretum in Boston organizes an annual Mother’s Day lilac event–this year it falls on Sunday, May 14. Celebrate your special mom in your life with a walk among the fragrant purple and white blossoms that define the true beginning of springtime.


Visit a beautiful cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery on the Watertown/Cambridge line is famous for its incredible landscaping and architecture. They even have a “What’s in bloom?” page so you can plan your visit. Right now, there are scores of different species in bloom all around this beautiful space.



However you choose to immerse yourself in the sights and smells of spring, we hope you can take a moment to pause and enjoy the natural beauty of your neighborhood and beyond.

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