CARNIVOROUS PLANT SHOW
Presented by the New England Carnivorous Plant Society Saturday, September 9, 10am–5pm
Sunday, September 10, 10am–4pm Free with Admission
Plant lovers and all those who enjoy something different will be able to get up close to hundreds of carnivorous plants exhibited by the members of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society. Most people would say carnivorous plants are unique, different, or even strange, but all would agree they are interesting and intriguing. Some are native to New England, and others are from as far away as Africa, South America or Australia, but these plants all share a common bond: they are carnivorous, which means they survive by catching and consuming other living things – in most cases, insects. More than 300 of these plants will be on display where visitors can see first-hand these unusual plants, and will have a chance to purchase their own from top vendors from the area.
SCHEDULE Saturday, September 9, 11am: Carnivorous Plants of New England with Natch Greyes
Saturday, September 9, 1pm: Growing Federally Endangered and State Protected Plants with Tim Estep
Saturday, September 9, 2pm: Dionain, the Digestive Enzyme of Venus Flytrap with Emmi Kurosawa
Sunday, September 10, 11am: Starting a Carnivorous Plant Terrarium with Chris Lane
Sunday, September 10, 1pm: Importing Plants into the United States with Tim Estep
Sunday, September 10, 2pm: Building and Maintaining an Outside Bog with Dave Sacket
When you arrive on the weekend you may be asked to park at a nearby lot (Tahanto Regional High School) before being shuttled back to Tower Hill. We expect to be very busy during the Carnivorous Plant Show and Gardeners Emporium. Please carpool if you can.
DAHLIA SHOW Presented by the New England Dahlia Society Saturday, September 23, 1pm–5pm
Sunday, September 24, 10am–4pm Free with admission
Join dahlia enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, from novices, to experienced growers who all share something in common – an interest in these beautiful and diverse blooms. See hundreds of colorful blooms in every size imaginable – from silver dollar to dinner plate – at the second New England Dahlia Show.
BEGONIA AND GESNERIAD SHOW
Presented by the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society and
the New England Gesneriad Society Saturday, September 16, 12pm–5pm
Sunday, September 17, 10am–4pm
Free with admission
Discover splendid examples of a huge variety of Begonias and Gesneriads sporting a range of color, leaf texture, and pattern in this judged show. Enter your own plants for the exhibition. Get tips for growing these favorite houseplants, and select from a wide variety of plants for sale.
Sunday, September 17, 2pm Magical Mini Garden: A hands-on workshop for children, 5 years and older, to make a miniature dish garden for their favorite fairy, princess, dragon, dinosaur or other magical friend. All materials will be provided, materials fee $8. Children can also bring their own miniature friend from home. Registration is required. The workshop is limited to 10.
Saturday, September 16, 3pm Begonia Lecture: “Fancy Leaved Begonias . . . So Where Are the Flowers?” Free with admission.
LIVE! Caterpillar Show Presented by The Caterpillar Lab Saturday, August 19, 10am–3pm
Sunday, August 20, 10am–3pm
Free with admission Enjoy a close-up look at the most spectacular live caterpillars.
Sam Jaffe a naturalist, biologist, photographer, and educator, will share his Live Caterpillar Show at Tower Hill. Jaffe, who operates the Caterpillar Lab in Keene, N.H., has an infectious enthusiasm and offers a rare chance to learn about the lives of these stunning creatures.
If you’re a new visitor to Tower Hill, keep in mind that parking is limited and peak visitation hours are usually 11am–1pm. You may want to carpool to help save the environment and a parking spot.
WONDERS OF NEW ENGLAND: A STANDARD FLOWER SHOW Presented by the Central South and Central North Districts of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts November 4 & 5, 10am–5pm November 6, 10am–4pm Free with Admission Explore traditional and creative floral designs and horticultural exhibitions.
The purpose of a Standard Flower Show is to educate club members and the viewing public, to stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, to provide an outlet for creative expression, and to convey to the community the objectives of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
African Violet Show and Sale Presented by the Bay State African Violet Society Saturday, April 29, 10am–5pm & Sunday, April 30, 10am–4pm Free with admission.
The Bay State African Violet Society presents a spectacular show featuring America’s favorite houseplant, the African Violet. BSAV’s 55th annual spring show and sale is themed “Cooking with Violets.” See hundreds of blooming, specimen African Violet plants in a variety of displays. Get tips on African violet care and culture, including re-potting and propagation demonstrations. Many unusual African violets will be available for sale, as well as pots, soils, and more.
Lecture Demonstration ‘How to Repot a Violet’ at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, April 29 and at 1pm on Sunday, April 30
Guided Walkthrough of the Show at 2pm on Sunday, April 30A member will be available at the Educational Table to answer questions and give more informal demonstrations to smaller groups of people.
Educational Display: A member will be available at the Educational table to answer questions and give more informal demonstrations to smaller groups of people.
Presented by the New England Chapter of the American Primrose Society Saturday, May 6, 10am–5pm & Sunday, May 7, 10am–4pm Free with admission.
View an exceptional variety of primrose species at the Primrose Show. Most people probably know Primroses as the ubiquitous potted plants with bright pastel flowers that land in every garden center and grocery store in February and March to brighten winter’s darkest days. However, few gardeners are aware of the amazing versatility in the genus Primula, and the wonderful contribution these plants can make to the home landscape.
There are actually more than 450 species of Primula in the wild, ranging in height from a few millimeters to over a meter tall, and their flowers can be red, blue-purple, yellow, white, and all shades in between. They are attractive to gardeners for their early spring bloom and adaptability to garden and greenhouse cultivation. Many are especially adaptable to shade and rock garden environments.
Talk and Book-Signing, The Plant Lover’s Guide to Primulas with Lynne Lawson and Jodie Mitchell on Saturday, May 6, 10am – 11:30am, Free with admission.
Lynne Lawson and her daughter Jodie Mitchell are specialist primrose growers and will offer practical advice about how to grow the candelabra forms of primroses successfully. They operate world-famous Barnhaven Primroses, now located in northwestern France. Holder of a National Plant Collection for Barnhaven strains and a certified collection of Primula auricula cultivars, the nursery continues the 80-year-old tradition of hand pollination begun by Florence Bellis in the United States and carefully maintains the breeding lines she developed. Breeding new varieties of hardy prirmroses and maintaining rare species and cultivars in cultivation is a vital part of work in the nursery.
Daffodil Show Presented by the Seven States Daffodil Society Saturday, May 6, 1pm–5pm & Sunday, May 7, 10am–4pm Free with admission.
The annual Seven States Daffodil Show features hundreds of cut daffodil flowers gathered from gardens in New England and New York state. Specimens will represent the wide range of daffodil types in form and flower colors ranging from cream, lemon, orange, gold, yellow, and red to pinks and greens.
A floral design competition will showcase the creative talents of the exhibitors. The display extends into the outdoor gardens at Tower Hill, which boast tens of thousands of Narcissus in sweeping plantings throughout the formal gardens, and a signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils.
Presented by the New England Daylily Society
Saturday, July 15, 1:30pm–4:30pm
Free with admission
The New England Daylily Society presents an exhibition where daylily enthusiasts from all over New England show their best grown, best groomed daylily flowers.
11am, Daylily Presentation: Learn how to extend the daylily bloom season, along with some general information on just what a daylily is and how to propagate them. A few handouts will be available that cover these and related topics. There will also be a demonstration on how to divide a daylily clump for increase using a unique new tool.
Presented by the New England Lily Society Saturday, July 22, 1pm–5pm
Sunday, July 23, 10am–4pm
Free with admission
Enjoy hundreds of lily flowers at the 58th annual Lily Show presented by the New England Lily Society. The show will include hundreds of flowers and varieties such as Asiatic, Canadense, Longiflorum, Trumpet Lily, hybrid American species, and the giant Orientpets.
Saturday, July 22
2pm, Lily Classification Presentation with David Chase: Martagons, Asiatics, Orientals & Hybrids (in the theater)
3pm, Lily Propagation & Scaling Demonstration: Hands-on demo for adults and children with Patty Stewart (Classroom C)
Sunday July 23:
1pm, Lily Hybridizing 101 Presentation with Jim Daniel (in the theater)
3pm, Lily Judging Criteria Presentation with Robin Van Liew (Exhibit area)
Presented by the New England Rose Society Sunday, June 25, 12noon–4pm Free with admission
Explore a huge variety of roses including Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Climbers, Grandifloras, and Miniatures.
11am, Talk on Roses with Dave Cannistraro
10am–3pm, Book signing with Teresa Mosher, author of A Year in My Rose Garden and A Year in My Rose Garden Journal.
IKEBANA SHOW Presented by the Boston Chapter of Ikebana International Friday, October 20, 12noon–5pm Saturday, October 21, 10am–5pm Sunday, October 22, 10am–4pm Free with admission
Members from 3 schools of Japanese Flower Arranging will display 35 arrangements in many locations in the buildings of the Garden. Enjoy floral arrangements and demonstrations of the Japanese Ohara, Ikenobo, and Sogetsu Flower Arranging Schools and visit pottery vendors for unique containers and vases.
Children’s Ikebana Workshop
Sunday, October 22, 1–2pm
Members free, Non-member $5 per child. Includes all materials. Ages 7+. Pre-registration required; max. 14.
In this workshop lead by Ikebana International, make a Japanese flower arrangement to take home. Click to register.
Saturday, November 11, 10am–5pm Sunday, November 12, 10am–4pm Free with admission
Terrariums capture miniature living worlds within glass walls. View stunning terrarium displays from professionals and amateurs alike.
Learn from experts about the ideal plants, materials, and care tips needed to create and maintain your own terrarium at home or at work where a tiny garden can provide long-term joy, curiosity, and peace. Catch demonstrations by the New England Carnivorous Plant Society at 11 am on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. Individuals are welcome to share their terrariums with the public in an effort to inspire other micro-gardeners to get started.
Children’s Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, November 11, 11am–12noon
Member $8 per child, Non-member $15 per child, includes admission and all materials. Ages 8+. Pre-registration required; max. 25.
Kids create their own terrarium to take home and grow on their own. Click to register.
Saturday, February 24, 10am–5pm Sunday, February 25, 10am–4pm Free with admission
This is the final weekend of February’s In Bloom events. View the diversity of camellia varieties with more than 15- cut blooms and camellia trees on display.