TRIPS AND TOURS

Visit our Events Calendar for more information on the events listed below. Please click here to view our Class Policies. Skill Level:    A = All Levels      B = Beginner     I = Intermediate/Advanced        

Sundays, May 21, 2017 – June 25, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Free with admission
Meet at the Master Plan in the Morgan Reception Gateway.

Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent garden, with seasonal highlights such as blooming of the Spring Gardens. Learn about the history of the Worcester County Horticultural Society that owns and operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden and about the Gardens future goals.

Thursday, June 01, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Worcester Common, Worcester, MA
Members of THBG & Preservation Worcester -Free, Non-Members $10
Walk in the footsteps of our founders  see where they lived, what they grew, and learn about the early days of the Society. Meet at the Worcester Common for the approximately ¾-mile walk. Co-sponsored our with Preservation Worcester. Directions will be sent upon registration.

Pre-registration required.

Friday, June 09, 2017
Member $920, Non-member $975 (single supplement $300). Deposit of $200 upon registration; final payment due May 1.
Dates of Trip: Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11 – Price includes transportation, 2 nights hotel, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, one dinner , and admissions and tours.

Visit Hildene, the home of Robert and Mary Todd Lincoln, during the Celebration of Peonies, as well as four outstanding private gardens. Highlights include a tour and garden party at the home of award-winning food and garden writer and kitchen garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden and a tour of garden designer and writer Gordon Haywards garden focusing on his design challenges and how he solved them.

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Free with Admission
Join a docent-led tour of our newest garden’s accessible features and adaptive tools.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission; Pre-registration required
Guide: Joann Viera, Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill

A tour of Cary Award-winning plants at Tower Hill.
Photo © Bailey Arboretum

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Free with Admission
Join a docent-led tour of our newest garden’s accessible features and adaptive tools.
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Worcester Common, Worcester, MA
Members of THBG & Preservation Worcester -Free, Non-Members $10
Walk in the footsteps of our founders  see where they lived, what they grew, and learn about the early days of the Society. Meet at the Worcester Common for the approximately ¾-mile walk. Co-sponsored our with Preservation Worcester. Directions will be sent upon registration.

Pre-registration required.

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Advance Sales: Member $20, Non-Member $25; Day of Tour: Member $30, Non-Member $35
Visit private gardens of distinction in Holden, Worcester, and other nearby towns on this exclusive self-guided tour.
Sundays, July 02, 2017 – September 24, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Free with Admission
Meet at the Master Plan in the Morgan Reception Gateway.

Explore garden highlights on a docent-led tour.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Explore seasonal garden highlights on a docent-led tour.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 10:00 AM-1:30 PM
Springdell Farm, 571 Great Road, Littleton, MA
Member $50, Non-member $60, including guided tour and lunch
Learn about local sustainable agriculture and its importance during a tour of Littletons Springdell Farm, followed by a lunch made by a local farm-to-table restaurant using Springdell produce. Pre-registration required.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Leader: Joann Vieira, Horticulture Director

Walk through the gardens in search of insects and diseases that are pestering our favorite plants! Learn safe tips for reducing damage and eliminating problems.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Travel Presentation is Free; pre-registration required
Information session for the Springtime Tulip River Cruise, April 5-13, 2018, will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 6pm; please pre-register.

Travel to the Netherlands and Belgium for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Highlights include Amsterdam, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Kinderdijk Windmills, and more than seven million tulips and other flowers on exhibit at Keukenhof Gardens. For more information and an itinerary, please visit our website:

https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/788112

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Explore seasonal garden highlights on a docent-led tour.
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Turkey Hill Brook Farm, 88 Wire Village Rd., Spencer, MA
Member $25, Non-member $35
Explore a small farm nursery in the Worcester Hills with a 2-hour tour of this peaceful farm. Guided by the owner, Ellen Sousa, author of The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden, you will walk through a variety of planned and natural ecosystems. Pre-registration required.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 – Thursday, August 03, 2017
Member $599, Non-member $659 pp double / triple, $110 single supplement, $200 deposit
Includes: Deluxe Motor Coach, 2 nights hotel, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, sightseeing & admissions – final payment due 6/13/17.

Come and join us for our visit to the charming Maine Coast! Our first stop is a visit to the very beautiful Fuller Gardens. Day two we will visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Day three we head to Portsmouth, NH and visit Strawbery Banke.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Guide: Jessie Blum, Staff Horticulturist

Learn how plants are selected and maintained in containers throughout the gardens.


Saturday, August 05, 2017, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Free with Admission
Leader: Dawn Davies, Staff Horticulturist

This year we celebrate Worcester County Horticultural Societys history through vegetables!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Member $4100, Non-member $4200, per person, double occupancy. $1000 single supplement.
Visit Piet Oudolfs private garden August 8 – 16, 2017 and explore the bold design of the influential Dutch Wave designers. Fifteen public and private gardens included. Detailed itinerary will be available on our website. Reserve by February 3 to guarantee a seat(airfare not included). Deposit of $1000 due by February 3; final payment due May 1.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Explore seasonal garden highlights on a docent-led tour.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
Member $150, Non-member $175, including transportation, guided tours and buffet lunch
Visit two unique estates in the Berkshires, featuring art, architecture and magnificent gardens. Well start with a guided tour of Chesterwood, the summer estate of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. After a buffet lunch, well enjoy a guided tour of Naumkeags McKim, Mead & White-designed cottage and Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Leader: Joann Vieira

Explore the logic behind the gardens layout and the important relationships between different plants.

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
YouthGROW Farm, 63 Oread St., Worcester, MA
Free to members, Non-member $10; pre-registration required
Come explore innovative urban community gardens with Tower Hill staff and our partners in the Regional Environmental Council and the Worcester Tree Initiative.
Wednesdays, August 23, 2017 – August 30, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Explore seasonal garden highlights on a docent-led tour.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Leader: Joann Vieira, Horticulture Director

Enjoy a tour of Cary Award winning plants in their late-summer glory. Pre-registration required.
Photo © Bailey Arboretum

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Leader: Dawn Davies, Staff Horticulturist

This year we celebrate Worcester County Horticultural Societys history through vegetables!

Wednesdays, September 20, 2017 – September 27, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Explore seasonal garden highlights on a docent-led tour.
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:30 AM-8:00 PM
Member $225, Non-member $250, includes deluxe motor coach, all-garden admission, guided tour of Chihuly exhibit, and buffet luncheon; Register by September 1st
Enjoy a special day at the New York Botanical Garden while this breathtaking exhibition is on view . Included are a guided tour of the Chihuly Exhibition, a buffet luncheon at the historic Stone Mill, and free time to explore the rest of the Garden and enjoy the narrated Garden Tram tour.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Prices Vary
Travel to the Netherlands and Belgium April 5-13, 2018 for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Highlights include Amsterdam, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Kinderdijk Windmills, and more than seven million tulips and other flowers on exhibit at Keukenhof Gardens. For more information and an itinerary, please visit our website or call 508-869-6111 ext. 120. Register by July 30, 2017 to guarantee a space.
Photo © Keukenhof Gardens

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