The public is welcome to join Tower Hill Botanic Garden the last week of April for a series of activities celebrating Arbor Day. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of its parent organization, the Worcester County Horticultural Society, Tower Hill is collaborating with the Worcester Tree Initiative in offering a series of programs to connect people to plants and trees.
Arbor Day, celebrated in the United States since 1872, is an international holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. This year, it will be recognized on Friday, April 28, though Tower Hill’s members, visitors, and staff love trees so much that one day is not enough.
Activities begin on Saturday, April 22, with a Tree ID for Kids walk at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required.
On Sunday, April 23, the Worcester Tree Initiative will offer Caterpillars, Beetles, Moths, Oh My!, an event included with the price of Tower Hill admission that will focus on what the public can do to protect against forest pests. This 11 a.m. program requires pre-registration on Tower Hill’s website.
Also on April 23, author Jill Jonnes will present on her book “Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.” This 1 p.m. program is $7 for members and $20 for non-members.
Derek Lirange, Worcester Tree Initiative’s community forester, will cover the fundamentals of pruning woody plants on Tuesday, April 25, at 11 a.m. The fee is $10 for members and $25 for non-members.
On Wednesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. children are welcome to join Tower Hill’s Garden Discovery program where trees will be the theme for a craft, story and short walk. The event is free with admission.
On Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, visitors are invited to join in a free with admission Tree Walk with John Trexler, Tower Hill Executive Director Emeritus, at 1 p.m. Also, those who pre-register can experience Tower Hill’s forest bathing program which begins at 9:30 a.m. and is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
Tower Hill and the Worcester Tree Initiative will also be participating in Worcester’s Arbor Day Celebration at Green Hill Park from 8 a.m. to noon where volunteers will be planting trees in the WWI Memorial Grove.
Located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Tower Hill offers prized shrub and tree specimens throughout the gardens and landscape as well as wooded trails for hiking and views of Mt. Wachusett. For more information, please visit towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.