Have you visited New England Wildflower Society's Garden in the Woods in Framingham? If not, I highly recommend that you do! It's a wonderful garden, with easy trails, beautiful native wildflowers, interesting insects, frogs, snakes, occasional deer, a wildlife pond, and currently, an exhibit of sculpture pieces created by members of the new England Sculptors Association. There are plenty of benches throughout the garden where you can sit and enjoy the views.
Maps are offered when you pay your entry fee (check your local library for possible free passes), and scavenger hunt lists are available to keep young visitors engaged. There is a gift shop full of lovely nature-themed books, clothing, hats, mugs, games and more, as well as snacks, drinks, and insect repellant. Native plants are also available for sale.
There are different garden types to see around every bend: Idea Garden, Woodland Garden, Lily Pond, Meadow, Western Plant Collection and New England Rare Plant Collection.
Feather-legged Fly on Smooth Phlox
Darner dragonfly (specific variety unknown)
Butterfly killer! :(
Baneberry (a/k/a Doll's Eye) Isn't that common name perfect?!
Kind of scary looking!
Common Spreadwing Damselfly
Common Whitetail (female) Dragonfly
Milkweed Bug Nymphs on milkweed
Pearl Crescent on Coastal Sweet Pepperbush