The Wildlife Garden 2016-10-23T19:09:09+00:00

THE WILDLIFE GARDEN

Just east of the Vegetable Garden, this two-acre expanse encompasses a one-acre wetland that includes a vernal pool. For untold decades the area now designated as the Wildlife Garden was the primary dumping site for Tower Hill Farm. The site was littered with the rusting remains of trucks, large piles of roofing shingles, glass, wire and other debris. The area had also been a site for grazing and watering dairy cattle, and as a result, had yards of barbed wire nailed to trees.

In the years since the Worcester County Horticultural Society purchased Tower Hill Farm, this area has been transformed. Today, rubbish and debris have been replaced by plants and trees: red maple (Acer rubrum), white pine (Pinus strobus), arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentate) and osmunda fern (Osmunda spectabilis). With these new plantings, wildlife has been lured back to the area. For our birdwatching friends, we installed the Bird House, a screened building that allows visitors to enjoy bird-watching without being bothered by mosquitoes and other flying insects. Several bird feeders are kept well stocked and perched on a bear-proof pole to encourage plenty of avian activity.

Two bronze crane sculptures sit among the birds that flock to this wetland. The sculptures were a donation to Tower Hill Botanic Garden by Mr. Howard Booth.

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