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Visit our Events Calendar for more information on the events listed below. Please click here to view our Class Policies.
Skill Level:    A = All Levels      B = Beginner     I = Intermediate/Advanced        

Sundays, January 07, 2018 – March 25, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Free with admission
Explore seasonal garden and conservatory highlights on a docent-led tour.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Free with Admission
Presenter: Erin Doolittle, Staff Gardener

Erin will demonstrate how to make floral arrangements in winter using berries, branches, evergreens and more.

Thursday, March 01, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Free with admission; registration required
Leader: Betsy Williams & Kathy Bell, Tower Hill Librarian

Have you ever wondered what plants grew outside the door of your old houseand why? Spend the morning delving into plant and garden history, and learn the best resources to research and find those plants today.

Sundays, March 04, 2018 – March 11, 2018, 12:30 PM-3:15 PM
Member $95, Non-member $120
Instructor: Monique Allen, The Garden Continuum

Learn the fundamentals of landscape design theory, site analysis and layout planning from an experienced professional.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Presenter: Gretel Anspach

Urban gardening is about growing food and ornamentals in small spaces. Whether you have a huge yard without the time or desire to tend it all, or an apartment with no outdoor space at all, this comprehensive talk will give you tips and techniques to start and maintain a garden you can call your own.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Member $5, Non-member $18; registration required
Presenter: Peter Wohlleben

Trees matter. Thats the simple but powerful message author Peter Wohlleben makes in his book The Hidden Life of Trees. Dont miss Peters terrific photographic presentation and the chance to ask questions and get your book signed.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Instructor: Thomas Dzaugis, Green Path Garden Supply & Hydroponics

Learn the basics of hydroponics  growing vegetables and herbs in a non-soil growing medium  so you can grow vegetables and herbs all year long.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Free with Admission
Instructor: Dawn Davies, Staff Horticulturist

Learn the basics of pruning small trees and shrubs in the dormant season. Please dress for the weather as this will take place outdoors.

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Member $35, Non-member $45
Instructor: Christie Higginbottom

Learn which plants will most benefit from a head start indoors plus tips and techniques for success. Participants will sow two flats to take home.

Friday, April 06, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Instructor: Cheryl Monroe

Get prepared for a productive and creative gardening season. Topics include spring pruning, tool sharpening, flower bed cleanup, transplanting, pest control and more.

Saturday, April 07, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Free with Admission – Registration Recommended
Presenter: Kathy Bell, Tower Hill Librarian

Learn about Joseph Banks, what drove him to create a florilegium (or gathering of flowers), and why it took more than 200 years for the engravings to appear.

Saturday, April 07, 2018, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Member $5, Non-member $15
Join co-author Mark Richardson for this informative discussion about native plants and all their garden uses  from plants to use in place of mulch to those that attract and support pollinators.
Sunday, April 08, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Member $15, Non-member $25
Instructor: Nan Ingraham

Learn how to care for your lawn with cultural practices that will help if you are growing your lawn organically or conventionally. Topics will include mowing, watering, organic matter and seeding

Monday, April 09, 2018, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Thorndyke Road School, 30 Thorndyke Rd., Worcester, MA
Member $10, Non-member $20
Instructor: Joann Vieira, Tower Hill Horticulture Director

Join our own Horticulture Director Joann Vieira in the field as she demonstrates the essentials of fruit tree pruning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Presenters: Joan Butler & Jana Milbocker, Enchanted Gardens

Early bulbs and native woodland wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Jeffersonia, and Hepatica are the stars of the early spring garden. Learn about their habitats, ideal growing conditions and unique adaptations.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Instructor: Joshua Bruckner, Mass DAR

Get the latest updates on what pests will affect us locally this year to help prevent damage to our beloved trees.

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Member $35, Non-member $45
Instructor: Benjamin Crouch

This class covers the process of planning, planting, and caring for a home orchard, with insights and instruction from an experienced urban orchardist and organic landscaper.

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Free with Admission – Registration Recommended
Presented by Kathy Bell, Tower Hill Librarian

Join our discussion of The Hidden Life of Trees whether you’ve read the book or are thinking about reading it. It’s an original book that makes you think about trees and the wider natural world in new ways. Come and share your impressions, experiences, questions and thoughts about how the book has or hasn’t changed your thinking about trees.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Free with Admission
The New England Dahlia Society’s expert growers return to Tower Hill to sell tubers and answer all of your dahlia questions. Learn how to plant dahlias, watch them grow over the summer, and bring your blooms back to Tower Hill for the annual Dahlia Show, September 29-30.
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member $20, Non-member $30
Instructor: Ben Barkan, Owner of HomeHarvest – Edible Landscapes and Construction

Learn how to design and create attractive gardens filled with ornamental plants and nutrient-dense edibles. This workshop will discuss soil health, site preparation, sustainable land-use techniques, and how to maximize garden productivity while harmonizing with the landscape.

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Master Gardener Training Class
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (mmga)
The 2017 MMGA Master Gardener Training Class will begin in April and run through October. For more information & registration: