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        

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Free with Admission
Join Joann Vieira for a spring tour of selected Cary Award-winning plants at Tower Hill. For 20 years the Worcester County Horticultural Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have been extolling the virtue of outstanding trees, shrubs, groundcovers and woody vines for cultivation in zone 5 gardens through the Cary Award program. Beginning in 1997, and with the aid of the northeasts foremost plant experts, the Society has awarded over 57 plants its highest honor. These plants are specifically chosen for their pest and disease resistance, are hardy to at least zone 5, are available in the nursery trade, and provide extended, or multiple seasons of interest.
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

Photo © Keukenhof Gardens

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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