Woody Plant Focus: Witch Hazel  


By Ruth Seward  When planting with the intention of adding color for a winter time New England garden, consider witch hazel as an option.  There are four main varieties of witch hazel:  American Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) which grows best in zones 4-8 and has wispy yellow flowers that are fragrant;  Ozark Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) that is native to [...]

Woody Plant Focus: Witch Hazel  2020-01-29T15:23:51+00:00

Tower Hill’s green thumb extends to Worcester neighborhoods


Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Outreach Department constructs and cares for several green spaces in the city of Worcester. Through our Tree Stewards Program, we also assist with garden care & training throughout Worcester County. The projects we coordinate help educate volunteers from all walks of life. They also enable us to assist the Department of Public Works and Parks in Worcester.  Here are some examples of [...]

Tower Hill’s green thumb extends to Worcester neighborhoods2020-01-21T18:59:37+00:00

Tower Hill in the Community: Structurally Pruning Street Trees 


By Ruth Seward Director, Outreach & Community Engagement  As the weather becomes colder and the excitement of Night Lights consumes visitors, staff and volunteers at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, a smaller group of volunteers and staff plods carefully along in the community, methodically pruning city of Worcester street trees. By comparison the work seems unceremonious and [...]

Tower Hill in the Community: Structurally Pruning Street Trees 2020-01-15T15:50:53+00:00

We can’t wait to share our 2020 vision with you


Artist rendering of The Ramble. The actual garden may look different upon completion. We are very excited to share that you'll be noticing some improvements, additions, and original exhibits at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in 2020, including a new entry experience and an inspirational garden for children and the young at heart. [...]

We can’t wait to share our 2020 vision with you2020-01-18T18:36:18+00:00

Future Hope: Tree Planting Initiatives


By Ruth Seward Director, Outreach & Community Engagement "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is now" – Chinese Proverb.   With news reports of extensive land development, global deforestation and increased weather disasters, it is hopeful for me to read about the growing interest in mass tree plantings throughout the United States. Planting a tree today will not instantly rebalance [...]

Future Hope: Tree Planting Initiatives2020-01-06T20:53:50+00:00

Tree Focus: The American Sweetgum


By Ruth Seward  After the infestation of the Asian Long Horned Beetle, which resulted in over 30,000 trees being cut down in the area, community foresters thought about the best way to replant trees there to prevent such devastation in the future.  The monoculture of trees in the Burncoat neighborhood of Worcester, had created a perfect feeding ground for this foreign pest [...]

Tree Focus: The American Sweetgum2020-01-02T17:34:16+00:00