Town Parks & Monuments

Norwell Community Gardens

107 Circuit St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

(781) 659-8022

Owned By: Town of Norwell

This centrally-located green space is still being developed. Ultimately, it will feature wildflower meadows, a raised-bed community garden, and the Nancy Hemingway Memorial Garden. Directly adjacent to the Donovan-Wildcat Conservation Area and the Norwell Pathway.


The development of this community space began in 2022 as a collaboration amongst Norwell’s Conservation Commission and Beautification Committee, along with Norwell Farms and the Norwell Garden Club.

It will feature the Nancy Hemingway Memorial Garden, a perennial garden honoring a Norwell Conservation Agent who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2020. The garden and surrounding wildflower meadows were her vision for this once-fallow field. Benches and pink flowering trees will be added to provide shade and places for reflection.

Other future plans include a raised-bed Community Garden, coordinated by Norwell Farms, for education and recreation. Sculptures and a walking labyrinth are planned for the wildflower area.

This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.

Trail Description

A short gravel path leads from the parking area, past the garden space, and connects with the Norwell Pathway.

Habitats and Wildlife

This large grassy field is bordered on two sides by forest, and features some cedar and maple trees. It is located within the watershed of Wildcat Brook, which originates a short distance away, near Main Street. Wildcat Brook and Wildcat Creek (aka Margaret’s Brook) merge on the other side of Donovan Fields and flow into Third Herring Brook a short distance downstream.

Third Herring Brook is a major tributary to the North River. Its headwaters are located north of Jacobs Pond in Norwell, in the southern portion of Valley Swamp. Third Herring Brook exits the pond from the southern side, at the dam. (Watch for a fish ladder here in 2024!) The brook forms the border between Norwell and Hanover, and flows past Historic Sylvester Field, and into the North River downstream of the old stone bridge on Washington Street.

107 Circuit St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 2.5 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: On-site parking lot on Circuit Street, at the intersection with Pleasant Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Swing, informational kiosk.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Wildcat Brook (North River)

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