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Tower Hill Botanic Garden - An Autumn Gem

Few things can compare to New England in the fall.  The daylight is respectably sufficient, the foliage is stunningly vibrant, and the air is crisp yet comfortable.  Retirees and other travelers come from miles around to visit the Northeast during this gratifying season.

One enjoyment many individuals might want to put on their autumn to-do list is a visit to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.  Actually, this plant bonanza is a must-see several times over!

 

What’s the place about?

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is the headquarters of the Worcester County Horticultural Society (a.k.a., WCHS), a non-profit organization incorporated in 1842.  As expressed in its Chapter, “the Society exists as an educational organization for the purpose of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture.”  Impressively, Worcester County Horticultural Society is the third oldest horticultural society in the United States.

Initially, WCHS was located in Worcester.  In 1986, the Society purchased Tower Hill Farm in Boylston.  As many locals know, Boylston is within 15 minutes or so of Worcester and easily accessible by Route 290.

The expansive grounds at the Tower Hill Farm location has allowed for a remarkable botanical museum.  In fact, distinctive gardens boast round-the-year displays of some of the most superb woody and herbaceous plants suitable for growth in Central Massachusetts.  Beautiful stops, such as The Lawn Garden, The Entry Garden, The Winter Garden, The Cottage Garden, and the Secret Garden, please even the most discriminating of tastes.

In addition to seasonal plants (and fine-looking flowers), a wildlife refuge, trails, and a Visitor’s Center are among the other wonders that grace this 132-acre gem.  In fact, the Visitor’s Center includes three classrooms, a theater, a library with over 6,000 publications, and a cafe.  The entrance fee is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 and over, and $7 for children 6-18.  WCHS Members and children under 6 get in for free.

 

Another treat?

Special events occur at Tower Hill Botanic Garden at various times throughout the year.  A celebration of the Fall Harvest Season will take place on Columbus Day Weekend, October 12 through October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Animals, heirloom apples, garden produce, crafts, local products, taste testing, and so much more will complement the grounds.  Undoubtedly, it sounds like a delightful time for all ages.

For additional information regarding Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the autumn harvest festival, go to http://www.towerhillbg.org/index.php/visit/signature-events/shades-of-autumn/

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