Library Hours during Winter Reimagined
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 1-3pm and 4-9pm

Regular Library Hours starting January 13, 2018
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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Prizes Awarded/Prizes Received
On exhibit October through January 7, 2018
On display are some of the prizes we’ve received and bestowed during our 175 years in operation.

On exhibit October through January 7, 2018

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.

The Tower Hill Quilt, created almost 20 years ago by volunteer Gigi Casella, is a beautiful, handmade look at our early Garden and on exhibit through January 2018.


A Massachusetts Mystery: Muses at Tower Hill
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11 am
Dr. Robert Cohon, Professor and Curator of Ancient Art and an expert on muses has been researching the sarcophagus in Tower Hill’s Reading Garden. He’ll review what’s he learned and the interesting story/mystery behind it. Free with admission; please register here.

Tower Hill READS Kick-off
Saturday, January 27, 1-2 pm
The Hidden Life of Trees: What they feel, how they communicate by Peter Wohlleben has received international acclaim and greatly increased interest in trees, and it’s Tower Hill’s choice for our 2018 Community Read. Learn more about the book and the related programs we’ve planned for the coming year to get everyone thinking and learning more about trees. Also, save the date for a lecture and book signing by the author on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 11am. More information here.

The Old House Garden
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11-12:30 pm
Learn what plants grew outside the door of our old house – and the best ways to research and find resources to find those plants today. This class will take place in the Tower Hill Library and be jointly offered by Betsy Williams and Kathy Bell.


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 Book Group will not be held in 2018 but hopefully return in 2019. A complete list of books we’ve read from 2011 to 2017 may be found here. All titles are available in the Tower Hill Library.

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.