On January 23, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:
I would put the Tower Hill Botanical Garden (the headquarters of the Worcester County Historical Society) on the short list of great gardens of the Northeast. (And believe me, I'm not easily pleased. Nor am I connected with this organization.)
It's an astonishing accomplishment, especially considering how quickly it's been built. Beautifully designed and maintained, its grounds are both a lovely and varied place to visit and also an educational display of the best garden and landscape plants for New England.
Features include: a large landscape garden centered on an oval lawn, a hidden garden with a water feature, a formal systematic garden designed after the Oxford Physic Garden, a large courtyard garden, two conservatories, a vegetable garden, a considerable collection of heirloom apple cultivars, a woodland garden, natural fields, and paths through the surrounding woods. And yes, a gift shop and cafe. The architecture is beautifully and sensitively adapted to the site.
An outstanding destination. Exploring it can easily occupy a whole day.
On April 15, 2008, sedum37 from Westford, MA wrote:
Worcester County Horticultural Society is the third oldest horticultural society in the country. They operate and maintain the fabulous gardens at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA. In addition to maintaining the gardens at Tower Hill, the society has an impressive library, has flower shows, special events and courses at Tower Hill. I went to the Fall Flower show (held every other year) in 2006. What a great flower show it was to highlight the fall flowering plants. It was a nice change since most flower shows are held in late winter or early spring. WCHS encourages and supports smaller organizations to have events and shows at Tower Hill such as the Begonia, African Violet, Cactus and Succulent Societies to name a few.