Tower Hill Botanic Garden Is The Place To Be This October

This October, there is no better place in Massachusetts to be than at Tower Hill Botanic Garden where a range of programs and scenic views will satisfy the interests of all ages.

October Events

Columbus Day Weekend fall festivities: Oct. 6-8

Apple themed flower show: Oct. 11-14

American Craft Fair: Oct. 20-21

Dogs in costume parade: Oct. 28

Tower Hill’s 17 distinct gardens will be showing their fall appeal as the cooler weather sets in and the autumnal hues of the plants create photo opportunities around every corner. USA Today named Tower Hill one of the top ten places to see fall foliage in the country! Tower Hill’s 171 acres, including scenic woodland trails for walks and hiking, will be brimming with foliage as the leaves fall from trees along 18th century stone walls like out of a Robert Frost poem. The views of the Wachusett Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain from atop Tower Hill’s drumlin are one-of-a-kind. Just minutes from downtown Worcester, Tower Hill is a four-season, New England paradise and the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with family, friends, and nature.

Throughout the month, we’ll be celebrating October Oddities, an exhibition of weird and wonderful gourds, pumpkins, and strange vegetables sponsored by WBUR. Visitors can stop by during our hours of operations to see the display. The public can also participate by submitting their own odd homegrown curiosities to the Let’s Get Growing competition with prizes for all ages, including professionals, hobbyists, and amateurs alike. On Oct. 6, garden celebrity Roger Swain will judge the entries and prizes will be awarded.

Wellness activities will include Yoga in Garden, a family hike, and deep relaxation techniques.

Each weekend in October features fun family activities, including guided tours each Saturday and Sunday, so that visitors can have a wonderful experience visiting Tower Hill when it fits in their schedules.

Columbus Day Weekend kicks off the October festivities with children’s crafts, face painting, a beer garden featuring local brews, farm to table chef demonstrations, live music, heirloom apple tastings, lawn games, a kraut mob, and much more. The theme for October 6, 7, and 8 is Pickles & Pints, a celebration of preserving the fall harvest. Visitors will learn about the world of canned, jarred, jammed, pickled, preserved, fermented, and brewed produce through workshops, talks, vendors, and more. Guests will find out how to make their harvest last all winter with tried and true techniques and fresh ideas. Don’t miss The Joy of Making Homemade Wines, The Art and Science of Growing Giant Pumpkins, and more.

Oct. 11 through 14 highlights apples in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Show. Exhibitors will celebrate the harvest season and the beauty of plants and flowers through horticulture exhibitions to daring floral designs. In keeping with Tower Hill’s historic apple orchard, each design will center of the theme of apples.

Oct. 20 and 21 features the American Craft Fair. The Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill have partnered to present a juried fair of American craftwork. The show will feature over 30 fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber artists and more.

Karen Brockney photo

On Oct. 28, in celebration of Halloween approaching, Tower Hill invites children to dress up for Ghouls in the Garden and our canine friends to come in costume for Haunted Hounds. (Dogs are welcome to walk in certain areas of the property throughout October.)

In addition, visitors on any autumn day in October can enjoy a local food lunch at our Farmer and the Fork cafe, browse our boutique-style Garden Shop for unique items, explore our conservatory greenhouses full of subtropical plants, discover our Stickwork exhibit the Wild Rumpus, delve deeper into the plant world in our botanic library, and much more. Make the most of one of the best months of the year with an October travel visit to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, just an hour west of Boston.