The beauty of forcing tree blossoms in winter


Troy Thompson photo By Ruth Seward When our Tree Stewards are out in the field, pruning trees in the cold days of winter, we recycle the branches of flowering species to force their blooms indoors. The best time to prune trees and woody plants, in New England, is the middle of winter. This [...]

The beauty of forcing tree blossoms in winter2019-12-18T20:06:37+00:00

My favorite thing about Night Lights is…


❄❄❄ Night Lights is Tower Hill Botanic Garden's largest annual event and helps fund our nonprofit museum's four season operations as well as our efforts to connect people and plants. More than 40,000 people visit in roughly a 30 day period, and it takes a lot of planning, creativity, and hard work to ensure [...]

My favorite thing about Night Lights is…2019-12-18T19:17:12+00:00

When Mulching Trees: Less Is More 


By Ruth Seward When out in the community, caring for trees, the staff of Worcester Tree Initiative, see many trees that have been over-mulched. Mulching is a great gardening technique with a variety of benefits for the tree. However, too much mulch, especially the far too common ‘mulch volcano’, will slowly kill your tree. Over time it suffocates the roots and weakens the bark [...]

When Mulching Trees: Less Is More 2019-12-12T19:44:44+00:00

The Mighty Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia)


Dawn Redwood growing at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. By Ruth Seward Removing so many trees in Worcester County due to the Asian Long-horned Beetle devastation, created a perfect canvass to introduce the Mighty Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) into our urban greenspaces. This majestic conifer was one of the most widespread tree species in [...]

The Mighty Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia)2019-12-05T18:26:31+00:00