The Library is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Tower Hill Library’s Online Catalog is available here.

Please click here to search Transactions of the Society 1840–2006.

All are welcome in the Tower Hill Library found on the lower level of the Stoddard Education and Visitors Center and members may borrow books. The Library has more than 8,000 resources including books, magazines and dvds on gardening for all ages and abilities. The Library is a great space for reading, quiet study and research. We also offer a children’s area with puzzles, drawing materials and a comfortable couch to sit and read a favorite story. When it’s warm, head outside to our Reading Garden. We love questions, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the librarian, Kathy Bell at or 508.869.6111 x116) if you’re working on a topic that may require research or archives assistance.

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden opened in 1986 but its history as the Worcester County Horticultural Society dates back to the 1840s, and the Library goes back almost as far. Early library holdings began with donations from founders and members, and today the Library provides access to institutional and garden history records and regularly exhibits materials from our archives.



Can You Top This? Harriette Merrifield Forbes (1856–1951), Author, Artist & WCHS Member for 92 years!
On Exhibit in the Library: July – December, 2016

30 Stories: Tower Hill 1986–2016
On Exhibit in the Library: July – December, 2016
30 years of history told through 30 special items.

Please click here to learn about the Library’s past exhibits.

Right outside the Library is a little known, off the beaten track garden. The Reading Garden opened in 2010 and continues to provide graceful grasses and other choice plantings and statuary in a small, secluded space. Stop by with a book or bring a picnic and enjoy!


Lost Gardens Showcase
Saturday, October 22, 1–3pm
Free with Admission
Learn about some of our area’s most prized gardens from the past as the Lost Gardens of Worcester
County project shares photos, maps, planting lists, correspondence and diaries from gardens including the Allen Estate in Princeton, The Oaks in Worcester, Juniper Hall in Shrewsbury and many more.
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The Lost Gardens of Worcester County project has been documenting the finest Central Massachusetts gardens of the past. We’ll showcase the resources we’ve uncovered and the online repository we’re creating.

My Grandmother: Harriette Merrifield Forbes (18561951)
Sunday, October 23, 2–3pm
Free with Admission
Linwood Erskine, Jr., will share personal stories about the talented woman featured in our exhibit: Can You Top This? Harriette Merrifield Forbes was well-known as an artist, author and gardener, but less well known as a Worcester County Horticultural Society member for a record-setting 92 years.
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Highlights from Our Non-Living Collections
Sunday, November 13, 1–2pm
Free with Admission
Tour our non-living collection of artwork, statuary and artifacts, many of which are on display but  often overlooked.
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Tower Hill Library Book Group: Gardening Classics
Saturdays, January 28, February 25, March 25 & April 29 (snow date: May 6), 1:30–3pm
Free with Admission
Our 2017 theme is Gardening Classics and we’ll start with one of the best: Old Time Gardens Newly Set Forth by Worcester native Alice Morse Earle. To register and receive the complete title list, contact Kathy Bell, Tower Hill Librarian ( or 508.869.6111 x116). Spaces are limited.


Materials may be borrowed by Tower Hill members for one month. Returns may be made in person, by mail or by returning materials to the Reception Desk when the Library is closed.
Join our community of gardeners and readers. We read books on gardening and nature based on a yearly theme, and meet one Saturday a month from January through April to discuss. Please view our 2017 titles and find a complete list of the books we have read here.
The Tower Hill Library is part of a project to document the outstanding gardens of Central Massachusetts. Learn more about the gardens we’re studying. Interested in joining us? Please call 508.869.6111 x116 or email
Tower Hill Library gratefully accepts donations of lightly used books covering all aspects of gardening. We also sell an impressive collection of competitively priced used books when the Library is open. Please contact the librarian, Kathy Bell, at or 508.869.6111 x116 for more information about donations.