Welcome to the Tower Hill Library


a comfortable place to read, relax, and look up information before or after you visit the Garden! 

  If you misseplantsmen_welcome_use_1.jpgd our recent exhibit Plantsmen: Portraits of the Founders (January 10 to 24th in the Alice Milton Gallery) you may enjoy reading about some of the accomplished, productive and plant-loving individuals who founded the Worcester County Horticultural Society in the 1840's. As one visitor wrote in our comment book, "Who knew Tower Hill had such a storied past. I truly enjoyed learning about these men in this beautiful exhibit. And I'll never think of Christmas the same way again."  (Hint: check out Francis Dewey's entry below...)

Alexander H. Bullock, 1816-1882         Isaac Davis, 1799-1882     Francis H. Dewey, 1821-1887

John Milton Earle, 1794-1874       John Green, 1784-1865      Obadiah B. Hadwen, 1824-1907

Daniel Waldo Lincoln, 1813-1880        Levi Lincoln II, 1782-1868      William T. Merrifield, 1807-1895

Frederick W. Paine, 1788-1869      Stephen Salisbury III, 1835-1905    Daniel Waldo, 1763-1845

Emory Washburn, 1800-1877     


All are welcome to visit the Tower Hill Library which is on the lower level of the Stoddard Building. The Tower Hill Library has more than 7500 resources on plant science broadly defined, including books on gardening for all ages and abilities. The Library is a great space for reading, quiet study and research. We welcome you to drop by any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm while visiting Tower Hill, or contact us by email or phone, 508.869.6111 x116 with your questions. We love questions, so don't hesitate to call or make an appointment with the Librarian if you're working on a topic that may require reference or archives assistance.


Tower Hill Botanic Garden opened in 1986 but its history as the Worcester County Horticultural Society dates back to the 1840’s, and the Library goes back almost as far. Early library holdings began with donations from founders and members, and reflected their interest in modeling themselves on the London Horticultural Society. In time, a cataloged and curated collection emerged with books and journals on many aspects of horticulture, economic and practical botany.  

Library Book Group

We invite you to join our community of gardeners and readers.  We read books from various genres on gardening and nature around a general theme, and meet one Saturday a month from January through April to discuss.  Read more about what we've been reading....and stay tuned for our next group starting in January 2016.

Borrowing and Returning Books

Materials may be borrowed by members of the Worcester County Horticultural Society for one month. Returns may be made in person, by mail, or by returning to the Reception Desk when the library is closed.

For more information

Please call the Library at 508.869.6111 x116 or email the Librarian.