Lyman Estate Greenhouses
The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States. The complex of four greenhouses consists of an 1804 grape house, 1820 camellia house, 1840 orchid house, and a 1930 sales greenhouse where visitors can purchase plants to take home.
At any time of year a visit to these picturesque greenhouses is a treat. Rare orchids covered with exotic flowers bloom throughout the year. During the summer, Black Hamburg and Green Muscat grapevines are laden with enormous clusters of fruit. Autumn in the greenhouses arrives with the sweet scent of citrus plants in bloom, followed by the arrival of their fruit. When winter is at its bleakest, the century-old camellia collection puts forth its magnificent blooms.
The expert horticultural staff offers advice and assistance with plant selection and culture. The greenhouse specializes in orchids, exotic house plants, citrus fruits, camellias, and herbs. Five large specialty plant sales are held during the year. In our gift shop and sales greenhouse we offer not only plants, but also orchid growing supplies, pottery, gardening books, fertilizers, notecards, and garden gifts.
Visit the Lyman Estate Greenhouses
Tuesday – Sunday, December 15 – July 15
Tuesday – Saturday, July 16 – December 14
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed most major holidays.
By appointment, Monday – Friday
Free for Historic New England members. Become a member.
Location and directions
185 Lyman St.
Waltham, Mass. 02452
Directions detail: The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are located at the Lyman Street and Beaver Street rotary.
Parking: Along stone walls at the Lyman Estate. Also next to the greenhouses.
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