In recent years, more people than ever have been discovering the magic of the Field of Gold at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts. This is a rare opportunity to see more than 25,000 daffodils blooming together in a picturesque scene, on a gentle slope with traditional New England woodlands below and stately manicured gardens and conservatories above. The experience has become a rite of passage for many travelers from all across New England inspired to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.
This year, Tower Hill’s first daffodils are blooming ahead of schedule, which is good news for many of us looking to forget last winter’s seemingly endless string of snowstorms. Each day more daffodils open their white and yellow flower buds. Visitors should expect to enjoy the Field of Gold throughout April, and can check Facebook for the latest updates on when the flowers will be at their peak.
Tower Hill has a series of daffodil-themed activities for visitors of all ages, including a self-led Scavenger Hunt available during hours of operation, tours at 2 p.m. on Sundays throughout April, a Botanical Sketching & Painting Daffodils course on April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an outdoor Story Walk for children based on author Elizabeth Honey’s “That’s Not a Daffodil,” a collection of daffodil themed books on display in the Library, and a video in the theater with more information on the world of daffodils. Don’t forget to add your Ode to Daffodils in the Guest Book binder.
In addition, visitors to Tower Hill’s website can download a coupon for 20 percent off one item over $10 in the Garden Shop during the month of April. Visitors can also receive extra gate passes on certain new memberships between April 1 and April 30.
Tower Hill wants to see the Field of Gold through your eyes. Visitors with cameras and smartphones are encouraged to submit their best image of the this year’s daffodils at Tower Hill to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30 (Daffodil Photo Contest Rules). Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, and all images have the chance to reach Tower Hill’s broader audience if staff choose to share them on social media.
Users of Instagram and Twitter should tag their photos #FieldOfGold to join the community of visitors inspired by this unique scene and beloved flower – as well as a chance to be shared on Tower Hill’s social media feeds.
School Vacation week, April 16 to 24, is packed with activities for children and the young at heart, including daffodil-themed crafts, and may be the perfect time to catch the Field of Gold in its finest form. There will also be lots of opportunities to see signs of spring and beautiful flowers blooming across Tower Hill’s 132 acres and 10 formal garden spaces.
Tower Hill’s field of daffodils is made up of multiple cultivars of the flower, which helps add texture and a range of colors to the view. It also creates a long-lasting bloom time, with some early and late arriving varieties, allowing visitors to catch the field in bloom over the course of several weeks. This is a unique opportunity for guests who may be accustomed to shorter windows for viewing the iconic daffodil in New England.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston. The nonprofit has been connecting people and plants since 1842 and sees more than 100,000 visitors annually. For more information, visit towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.