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“Very nice orchids.”

Lyman Estate Greenhouses
Reviewed 27 January 2012

This was a fun stop after dropping of son at school. I just started an orchid collection and was happy to see they had some for sale.

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Reviewed 26 January 2012

This is a great place to visit, especially during the winter months.

2  Thank CherylBoston
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

If you're in this area in the winter time, particularly when the camellias are blooming, the Lyman Estate Greenhouses are worth a visit. You'll forget the cold for a while in this historic site, where you can walk between a series of about four small, almost train car-like greenhouses that house orchids, camellias and more. Also a great place to buy native plants for outdoor planting (in summertime only) or year-round to buy unusual house plants (ask for info sheets with growing tips if you're interested in things like oil ferns or orchids but feeling intimidated to try). Also fun for persons interested in close-up and flower photography.

2  Thank teptravels
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

When I visited the estate the house was closed due to a later wedding so I only went to see the greenhouses. The glasshouses were quite nice and idyllic. However the requested donation of 3$ per person does not seem to be justified. Not only the plants and houses are rarely described or explained but the whole area is rather small (about 5 houses and a bit of an outside area). For whoever is interested in the specific plants it's well worth a visit.

3  Thank stevestein1982
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Reviewed 27 February 2007

In February, I visited the greenhouses at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts to see the camellias in bloom. These greenhouses are maintained by the nonprofit Historic New England organization and are some of the oldest in the country. The greenhouses were very interesting and I highly urge you visit. The first three greenhouses contain citrus, banana, grape vines and fruiting plants and other miscellanious plants such as calla lilies. Next there is a greenhouse containing plants you can buy and gift items. Finally in the back are the orchid and camellia green houses. The camellias are in full bloom from New Years through the end of February. The orchid house also contained many interesting species and hybrids in bloom during my visit.

On your way out I highly recommend checking out the plants for sale. You can purchase orchids, camellias, citrus plants and other interesting house and garden plants. Many plants for sale were propagated from the estate's collections. The garden shop is staffed by knowledgeable staff. The self guided tour took about 1 hour to visit the various green houses but you could spend much more time examining each plant if you like.

Several times a year the Lyman Estate Greenhouses sponsors special plant sales including an orchid, herb and perennial plant sale.

4  Thank sedum37
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