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.


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The WCHS Spring Flower Show
April, 2017 through September 2017
Free with admission
The Spring Show ran for 75 years, starting Horticulture Hall on Front Street and ending at the Centrum in 1991. It was always a ‘go to’ event in Worcester and we look back with photos, prizes, articles and more from our archives.

On exhibit October through December 2017

Free with admission
Early Worcester County Horticultural Society members were very interested in fruit, especially pears. Learn about their books, the cultivars they exhibited, and see beautiful images from rare books and journals in our collections.

Saturday, November 4, 11am
Free with admission
Laura Baring-Gould, sculptor of the much-acclaimed Clapp’s Favorite Pear sculpture in Dorchester, as well as the bronze fountain and screens in Tower Hill’s Garden Within Reach, will speak about her creative process and the horticultural legacy of her work. Click to register.


Remembering the WCHS Spring Exhibitions: an Oral History Project
Free with Admission
The Spring Exhibition held for many years in late winter in Worcester was a much anticipated and always welcome harbinger of the flowers and beauty to come. Thousands would wait in lines that stretched around the corner to see the exhibits at Horticulture Hall.  Did you or your family attend or take part in any way?  What are your memories?  We invite you to come to the Library to see our current display about the old exhibitions and share your memories.  We will be recording reminiscences on May6th but also are happy to schedule times at your convenience.  Please contact Kathy Bell at or 508-869-6111 x116 for more information or to schedule another date or time to record your memories.

Educator Open House
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 4–8pm
Free for K–12 Educators. Space is limited.
Start the new school year with a visit to Tower Hill and learn about programs and resources educators and students can use throughout the school year. Presentations and printed materials will be available to provide information about the school and homeschool field trips, scout visits and customizable programs for groups to learn in our gardens. Please click here to register. Contact Kathy Bell at or 508.869.6111×116 for more information.

4:30pm: Garden Tour with Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture; meet at the Master Plan
5:00pm: Best of the Best: New & Old Favorite Books for Kids on Nature & Gardening with Kathy Bell, Librarian, Library
5:30pm: Programs/Field Trips/School Trips: What we offer with Alice Puccio, School, Youth and Family Programs Manager, Library
6:00pm: Accessing online resources from our collections with Kathy Bell, Library
6:30pm: Programs/Field Trips/School Trips: What we offer with Alice Puccio, School, Youth and Family Programs Manager, Library
7:00: School Programs with the Worcester Tree Initiative, Ruth Seward, Director, WTI, Library


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.

The 2017 Book Group is full; please contact Kathy Bell (email or 508-869-6111 x116) to be placed on the wait list. 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.