Tower Hill READS 2018 2018-01-02T16:17:38+00:00


Please join in as we read and discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllben, and take advantage of an interesting line-up of programs and classes throughout 2018.

“This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods.
Publishers Weekly, September 2016

What is Tower Hill READS?
Tower Hill READS is a community read, a chance for everyone who’s interested to read the same book and come together to discuss it, question it, and to share and connect with others at Tower Hill about it. Tower Hill READS is based on the One City One Book idea that began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library. Since then the concept has been adopted by cities and libraries, countries and companies, and — botanic gardens — around the world. The first Tower Hill READS was held in 2016 with the book The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. View more FAQs here.

Where do I get the book?
The Garden Shop has copies for sale and members may borrow the book from the Tower Hill Library. It’s also available at bookshops, from online booksellers and many public libraries have both the print and e-book edition.

About Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI)
WTI is an independent program of Tower Hill and we’re pleased they are taking an active role planning and conducting programs for Tower Hill READS 2018. Originally organized to combat Worcester’s tree loss in 2009 due to the Asian Longhorned Beetle, WTI now does yeoman’s work rebuilding Worcester’s community forest with education, training, planting, and stewardship.

The Hidden Life of Trees was already a bestseller in Europe when it appeared in the U.S. in the fall of 2016. Since then it’s been translated into 19 languages and won many awards. Here are links to some book reviews and interviews:

Here are some book and tree-related programs that may be of interest.

Tower Hill READS Kickoff
Saturday, January 27, 2018; 11 am
Tower Hill Library
Learn more about the book, what’s planned through the year, and enter a raffle to win a copy of The Hidden Life of Trees.

Talk & Book-signing with the author, Peter Wohlleben
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 11 am to 12:30 pm; Registration required.

Drop-in Discussion
Saturday, April 14, 2018; 1:30 to 3 pm; Registration requested.
Tower Hill Library
Share your thoughts and questions about the book with other readers.

Arbor Day Tree Walk at Tower Hill
Friday, April 27, 2018, 1pm; Registration required.
Join John Trexler, Executive Director Emeritus, to explore the diversity of habitats at Tower Hill and the tree species they support.

Arbor Day Worcester Tree Initiative at Institute Park, Worcester
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Free and open to all

Recovering Woodlands: A Evening Walk at Wachusett Reservoir
Thursday, May 17, 2018; 6 pm; Registration required
Join the staff of Worcester Tree Initiative on a brief one mile hike to see many of the principles discussed in Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees playing out right before our eyes. With acres of land cleared in recent years as part of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication effort a new chapter in this forest’s story is being written.

Hadwen Arboretum Tree Census with WTI
Training: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10 am to noon; Registration required.
Census: Saturday, June 9th, 2018,  10 am to noon; Registration required.
Take part in this important effort to identify and document the trees found in Clark University’s Hadwen Arboretum.

A Visit to the Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
Summer 2018, Registration required.
This daylong trip will explore the 3000-acre, Harvard University owned woods that provide a research lab to study forests. We’ll have guided tours of the trails, the Fisher Museum (including the dioramas), and see the Hemlock Hospice interactive exhibit on display both indoors and out.

Please note Tower Hill offers many other programs to learn about and enjoy trees (from pruning to drawing to forest bathing) besides what’s listed here. Be sure to check the latest Events calendar.

For more information please contact:
Kathy Bell at or 508-869-6111 x116.