GARDENS AND NATURE

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        

Saturdays, June 01, 2019 – August 31, 2019, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Free for members and with admission
Drop in to the Youth Garden for this immersive garden experience. Explore what’s growing and lend a helping hand by weeding, watering, planting, and harvesting.
Thursdays, June 06, 2019 – August 29, 2019, 3:00 PM-9:00 PM
Free
Escape to the outdoors to enjoy nature, our outdoor beer garden, family activities, dinner at café and more. BEER GARDEN OPEN FROM 3-8:30 P.M. (LAST CALL 8 P.M.)
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Sunday, July 21, 2019, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
Celebrate plant inspired tattoos and botanical art at this fun event weekend. Watch live tattoo demonstrations and enjoy our tattoo art display and collaborative art projects. Listen to live music, and unleash your creativity with temporary and henna tattoos, face painting, crafts, and much more!
https://www.towerhillbg.org/botanical-tattoo-weekend/
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Included with Admission
Join Tower Hill’s librarian to see and interact with beautiful and historic works from Tower Hill’s vault and learn about the history of botanical illustration.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
$30 Member; $40 Non-member
An apple a day keeps the doctor away… but who takes care of the apples? Join ELA and THGB for an afternoon of orchard information exchange. Topics will include: The Davenport Collection Through the Years, Orchard Management Practices, Adaptive Strategies for Dealing with Fire Blight and Other Orchard Challenges, and Creating a More Resilient Orchard for the Future.
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$39 Member; $53 Non-Member
Instructor: Rachel Goclawski

Learn some beginner-level mushrooms, their health benefits, and how to stick to safer classes of edible mushrooms, then foray into the woods to search for wild mushrooms.

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Included with Admission
See incredible varieties of daylilies in the show, then explore Tower Hill’s extensive daylily collection in the gardens. Sale: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Show: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Included with Admission
Instructor: Debbie Carpenter

The daylily has come a long way from the original few species found in nature. Through hybridization and conversion of chromosome number, the colors, shapes and sizes of the blossoms among other traits have been expanded. Hybridizers, both professional and amateur, are still working to create even more spectacular plants. This talk will show examples of some of these changes and present a brief introduction on how to hybridize and grow from seed.

Thursday, August 01, 2019, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Free
Mustard’s Retreat.
Friday, August 02, 2019, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Included with Admission
Join us on select summer evenings from 5-9pm for trivia, local food and beer, plants and sunset watching.

Trivia will begin at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 03, 2019, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
$26 Member; $40 Non-Member
Instructor: Jen Kettell

Discover a new palette of woody plant material that will decrease your water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape.

Saturday, August 03, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Included with Admission
A behind-the-scenes guided tour with art expert and Exhibition and Events Manager, Kirsten Swartz.
Saturday, August 03, 2019 – Sunday, August 04, 2019, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
Get up close with the caterpillars as see them like you’ve never seen them before. Incredible caterpillars will be from familiar woolly bears to bizarre horned devils.
Monday, August 05, 2019 – Friday, August 09, 2019, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
$800
Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and the Water Environment Federation, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers.

Designed to meet international best-practice standards, the certification advances the establishment of sustainable communities by promoting GI as an environmentally and economically beneficial stormwater management option, supporting the development of proficient green work-forces, and establishing a career path for skilled GI workers.

Click here to register.

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Included with Admission
A spectacular racing spectacle! Build your own sculpture to race or come to watch the competition.
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
$26 Member, $40 Non-Member
Instructor: Kathy Connolly

Learn about five ways to cover ground and put the lawnmower away. Extensive plant and resource lists included.

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$64 Member; $78 Non-Member (FEE INCLUDES MATERIALS)
Instructor: Gretel Anspach

Extend your growing season this fall and next spring with your own portable cold frame.

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
$30 Member; $44 Non-Member
Instructor: C.L. Fornari

Discover how to keep annuals and tropical plants alive over the winter. Find out which plants can be grown as houseplants, or easily stored in the basement or garage.

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Free
The Dwayne Haggins Band.
Thursday, September 05, 2019, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
$26 Member, $31 Non-Member
Instructor: Ben Barkan

Learn what it takes to develop and maintain soil that produces a nutritious and plentiful harvest.

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Master Gardener Training Class
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (mmga)
The 2017 MMGA Master Gardener Training Class will begin in April and run through October. For more information & registration: massmastergardeners.org.