A formal allée of Oak trees alongside the Systematic Garden.
Flanking the entry drive, the Frank L. Harrington Sr. Orchard displays the Davenport Collection of heirloom apples: 238 trees and 119 pre-20th century varieties. Apple tastings in the fall at Tower Hill's "Shades of Autumn" harvest celebration offer visitors an opportunity to sample these rare and unusual varieties.
The Cottage Garden was the first garden developed at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Originally planned as a temporary space for public enjoyment and education, its popularity prompted the decision to include it as a permanent part of the Master Plan.
The E. Stanley and Alice M. Wright Entry Garden and Thomas Smith-W. Robert Mill Entry Court are your portal to the Tower Hill Experience. Here, you'll find information about the Worcester County Horticultural Society's rich past and exciting future plans. Plans representative of Tower Hill's diversity are attractively displayed. Interpretive signs explain the types of collections present and the planting philosophy.
Tower Hill's signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils generally comes into bloom in late April and early May. It is a spectacular sight in the spring.
The Inner Park was a 5-acre field that has become a secondary woodland of mixed hardwood trees. Landscape parks of this type were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, reflecting the romantic ideal of the Greco-Roman epoch. Classic revival style architectural features include the whimsical Folly, the Pope Urn and the Temple of Peace.
Tower Hill's Lawn Garden is a collection of more than 350 species of trees and shrubs, arranged around an expansive oval of grass, with islands and pockets of woody and herbaceous plantings.
The Limonaia, or Lemon House, creates the southern border of the Winter Garden. The cathedral-like interior of the Limonaia expands the display of non-hardy plants, augmenting those in the existing Orangerie. The Limonaia will feature the Garden's collection of camellias and citrus plants as well as many other varieties.
The Moss Steps are a recreation of a feature in a local private garden designed by famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele.
The Orangerie, an 18th century style greenhouse, provides a 4,000 square foot environment to outstanding plants for winter display. A gallery with a northern exposure features ferns. A potting shed, growing house and pit house support this structure as a four-season growing space. Tower Hill Botanic Garden has become a year-round horticultural center for the education and enjoyment of the visitor.
An enclosed oval garden with a Ram's Head fountain as a focal point, the Secret Garden contains borders of herbaceous perennials with an emphasis on fragrance and texture.
The Systematic Garden is a one-of-a-kind educational experience where you'll discover plants arranged "systematically" or according to our current scientific understanding of their evolutionary relationships. Designed in an Italianate style, this garden presents 26 distinct plant families, making it a vitual encyclopedia of the Plant Kingdom.
An imaginative display of heirloom vegetable varieties and a cutting garden, designed with a different theme each year.
Formerly the farm dump, this area has been converted to a haven for birds, bats, and butterflies.
The half-acre Wildlife Refuge Pond, along with 3 miles of woodland trails, provide ample opportunity for visitors to observe and contemplate the natural world.
Shielded from wind and extreme temperatures, the Winter Garden is a showcase for plants that are at their best during the winter months.