The Durfee Conservatory, located on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and established in 1867, has a rich history.
Tucked away in a hustling and bustling campus of over 25,000 students, this arboretum is a sanctuary of calm and serenity. In sunny weather students sit and read in the outside gardens. In the biting cold of winter, many take a few minutes on their way to class, to warm themselves in the ‘rainforest’ room.
Although you will be able to experience some of the sights of Durfee, and learn much about its history here on this website, Durfee’s atmosphere sets it apart. From the clean fresh smell of the plants in the Victorian collection, to the warm humid air of a small rainforest in the middle of New England, Durfee is a treat for the senses. That is why we hope that you will not only enjoy your virtual visit to Durfee, but will also come and enjoy it in person.