Tower Hill Botanical Garden

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Tower Hill Botanical Garden

This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Tower Hill Botanic Garden Pathway in lawn garden Tower Hill Botanic Garden, in Boylston, Massachusetts, United States, is a 132-acre (53.4 ha) botanic garden with spectacular views of Mount Wachusett and the Wachusett Reservoir. It is located approximately 8 miles (12 km) north of central Worcester. It was founded in 1986 by the Worcester County Horticultural Society. Tower Hill hosts a number of interesting plant collections and gardens. The Frank L. Harrington Sr. Orchard displays 238 trees of 119 pre-20th century apple varieties. The Lawn Garden is a grassy sward bordered by 350 species and varieties of ornamental trees and shrubs, underplanted with sweeps of peonies, day lilies, Siberian iris, and ground covers. The Secret Garden contains a double pergola, fountain, garden pool, statuary, and wide variety of grasses, perennials and annuals. The Cottage Garden is a collection of annuals, perennials and woody plants. The seasonal Vegetable Garden contains unusual vegetables and annuals. The Orangerie is a 4,000 square foot (370 m2) greenhouse in the 18th century style. The Orangerie, a stylized greenhouse, is Tower Hill’s primary wintertime display facility, featuring hundreds of sub-tropical plants and blooming bulbs. The Systematic Garden is a one-of-a-kind educational experience, where you find plants arranged “systematically”, according to our current scientific understanding of their evolutionary relationships. Designed in an Italianate style, this garden presents twenty-six distinct plant families, making it a virtual encyclopedia of the Plant Kingdom. The half acre Wildlife Refuge Pond, along with 3 miles (4.8 km) of woodland trails, provide ample opportunity for visitors to observe and contemplate the natural world. Both native and exotic plant species are incorporated into this haven for wildlife, with plenty of benches to allow visitors a rest along the way. In winter, cross-country skiers are welcome. Several new additions have opened in 2010, including the Limonaia (Lemon House conservatory) and the Winter Garden—a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) courtyard garden that features plants especially known for their winter attributes; a formal pool with twin turtle fountains is in the center of the Winter Garden. The Stoddard Education and Visitors Center is the hub for all activities at Tower Hill. It houses a 100-seat theater with an orientation video for visitors; the third oldest horticultural library in the United States; and Twigs Cafe and Gift Shop. See also List of botanical gardens in the United States External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Tower Hill Botanic Garden Coordinates: 42°21′43″N 71°43′36″W / 42.3619°N 71.7267°W / 42.3619; -71.7267

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is set on 132 acres of land in Boylston, Massachusetts. Located approximately 45 miles from Boston and 10 miles from Worcester our picturesque setting offers views of Mount Wachusett and Wachusett Reservoir and is home to New England’s only comprehensive botanic garden. With a rich history, commitment to connect people with plants, and an abundance of lush gardens, Tower Hill Botanic Garden provides a peaceful and tranquil setting for your private event. From mid-May to mid-September, Tower Hill can accommodate weddings of up to 150 guests. Ceremonies may be held in our Secret Garden, Lawn Garden, or Limonaia Conservatory. Cocktail Hour may be held in the Winter Garden or Great Hall. Receptions will take place in the beautiful 18th-century glass conservatory, the Orangerie. From October to April, Tower Hill can accommodate weddings of up to 70 guests. Cocktail hour can be held amongst the tropical plants in one of our conservatories, with a reception to follow in the Great Hall. We recommend off-season wedding ceremonies be held off-site due to space restrictions, however, indoor ceremonies may be accommodated in our Conference Room.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

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Tower Hill hosts a number of interesting plant collections and gardens. The Frank L. Harrington Sr. Orchard displays 238 trees of 119 pre-20th century apple varieties. The Lawn Garden is a grassy sward bordered by 350 species and varieties of ornamental trees and shrubs, underplanted with sweeps of peonies, day lilies, Siberian iris, and ground covers. The Secret Garden contains a double pergola, fountain, garden pool, statuary, and wide variety of grasses, perennials and annuals. The Cottage Garden is a collection of annuals, perennials and woody plants. The seasonal Vegetable Garden contains unusual vegetables and annuals. The Orangerie is a 4,000 square foot (370 m2) greenhouse in the 18th century style. The Orangerie, a stylized greenhouse, is Tower Hill’s primary wintertime display facility, featuring hundreds of sub-tropical plants and blooming bulbs. The Systematic Garden is a one-of-a-kind educational experience, where you find plants arranged “systematically”, according to our current scientific understanding of their evolutionary relationships. Designed in an Italianate style, this garden presents twenty-six distinct plant families, making it a virtual encyclopedia of the Plant Kingdom. The half acre Wildlife Refuge Pond, along with 3 miles (4.8 km) of woodland trails, provide ample opportunity for visitors to observe and contemplate the natural world. Both native and exotic plant species are incorporated into this haven for wildlife, with plenty of benches to allow visitors a rest along the way. In winter, cross-country skiers are welcome. Several new additions have opened in 2010, including the Limonaia (Lemon House conservatory) and the Winter Garden—a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) courtyard garden that features plants especially known for their winter attributes; a formal pool with twin turtle fountains is in the center of the Winter Garden.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Thank you for considering Tower Hill Botanic Garden for your wedding day. We understand how important this day is to you and your guests and are excited and honored to host your wedding. Tower Hill’s lush manicured gardens, mountain views, and beautiful architecture offer a unique and romantic backdrop to your special day. Please enjoy a short movie showcasing Tower Hill as a spectacular wedding venue.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

We are regulars at the Botanical Garden. We have been there in spring, summer, fall, and winter and always find it so interesting and peaceful too. So many plantings and wild things to see at the Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is New England’s year-round botanic garden, a living museum of plants exquisite in every season. Several distinctive gardens arrange plants according to an overall Master Plan, that includes a Lawn Garden, Secret Garden, Systematic Garden, Cottage & Vegetable Garden, Wildlife Refuge Pond, Winter Garden, and more. Two conservatories–the Orangerie and the Limonaia–display non-hardy plants in winter, with blooming flowers in every season. Springtime brings more than a quarter million flowering bulbs, including a signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

As New England’s year-round botanic garden, we hope to engage you in our life-long passion for growing plants for their ornamental, economic, and ecologic value. Indeed, plants provide all the air we breathe, and all the food we eat. At Tower Hill, you will find one of the finest collections of woody and herbaceous plants, both native and exotic, hardy and non-hardy. And after touring, take time to relax at Twigs Café. For now, enjoy our website and use it to plan your trip to see us in Boylston! As stated in the Society’s Charter adopted March 3, 1842 and readopted March 20, 2003, the Society exists as an educational organization “for the purpose of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture.”

For the safety of our guests, Tower Hill may close due to severe weather. Please check the website, Facebook and Twitter or call 508.869.6111 for updates. 

Please note that, with the exception of service dogs, dogs are not allowed at Tower Hill except on those days listed above. No dogs are allowed to remain alone in parked cars at any time. Please call 508.869.6111 with any questions. Non-member dogs are charged a $7 admission and must show proof of rabies vaccination at time of entry.

From October to April, Tower Hill can accommodate weddings of up to 70 guests. Cocktail hour can be held amongst the tropical plants in one of our conservatories, with a reception to follow in the Great Hall. We recommend off-season wedding ceremonies be held off-site due to space restrictions, however, indoor ceremonies may be accommodated in our Conference Room. For general information and rates for an Off-Season Wedding, please click here.

miamisandy Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Level Contributor 25 reviews 11 attraction reviews 7 helpful votes “Paradise with panoramic views” Reviewed March 14, 2017 Lovely to visit especially in the spring and summer and fall. Panoramic vistas from the hill. Lovely place for light lunch and you can easily spend 2 hours on the grounds and inside exhibits. A real feel of being with nature and very educational. Helpful? Thank miamisandy Report

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