Gardens and Nature 2017-02-28T19:29:34+00:00

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        

Thursdays, July 05, 2018 – September 27, 2018, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Free with admission
Drop in to the Youth Garden to explore what’s growing, chat with a garden educator, and give us hands-on help tending to the gardens and harvesting for donations to a local food bank.

THIS PROGRAM ALSO RUNS ON SATURDAYS, 1-3PM

Saturdays, July 07, 2018 – September 29, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Free with admission
Drop in to the Youth Garden to explore what’s growing, chat with a garden educator, and give us hands-on help tending to the gardens and harvesting for donations to a local food bank.

THIS PROGRAM ALSO RUNS ON THURSDAYS, 2-4PM

Wednesdays, July 11, 2018 – September 26, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Free with admission. Pre-registration recommended.
Join us to learn about plants through crafts, storytelling, and a short guided walk. For ages 3-5 years old.
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Included with admission
Guide: Jesse Blum, Staff Horticulturist

Join the conservatory staff to learn about container gardening. Find out how to design using textures, colors, and growth habits, and get ideas for next year’s garden!

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Member $5 per child, Non-member $10 per child
Kids get their hands dirty in the Youth Garden while learning what it takes to grow a healthy harvest. Each month focuses on a different topic. For kids 5-7 years old.
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with admission
Leader: Robin Van Liew

Ever wonder why that flower won first prize? Factors considered by accredited lily judges are explained simply and clearly as we circulate around the show floor, discussing lilies in various classes. Remember, the biggest lily doesnt always win!

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Included with admission
Leader: Jim Daniel

How can we grow lilies without chemical agents to combat the red lily beetle, fungus, and other lily problems? Jim Daniel explains how he grows prize-winning lilies on three acres in Worcester without the use of chemicals.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Included with admission
Leader: Robin Van Liew

Now that youve grown these lilies, what do you do with them? Robin Van Liew eschews the complicated armature and tricks of flower arranging to demonstrate several easy, simple flower arrangements using lilies, greenery, and vines for dramatic effect.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with admission
Leader: Robin Van Liew

Ever wonder why that flower won first prize? Factors considered by accredited lily judges are explained simply and clearly as we circulate around the show floor, discussing lilies in various classes. Remember, the biggest lily doesnt always win!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with admission. Registration required.
This years vegetable garden demonstrates the many design choices a gardener can make to create a beautiful, productive, and delicious garden.
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
Member $5 per adult, $3 per child; Non-member $10 per adult, $8 per child
Well explore Tower Hills gardens in search of fireflies and other summer insects by moonlight.
Thursday, August 02, 2018, 8:30 PM-10:00 PM
Member $5 per adult, $3 per child; Non-member $10 per adult, $8 per child
Often overlooked, moths are fantastic pollinators. During this evening exploration, well use simple tools to attract moths to the gardens and spend time learning to identify them. For ages 6 and up.
Saturday, August 04, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member $20, Non-member $30
Instructor: Ellen Sousa

Learn how you can help support pollinators through informed plant selection and a basic knowledge of the habitat needs of native bees and other beneficial insects.

Saturday, August 04, 2018, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member Free, Non-member $10 per family (Up to 4 people). Admission not included.
Join us as we hike our mile-long loop trail and explore a new theme each month. See what nature has to offer on these guided walks.
Sunday, August 05, 2018, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Leader: Sam Droege

Join native bee expert Sam Droege on an expedition through Tower Hills gardens and meadows to discover the diversity of bees that live there.

Sunday, August 05, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Leader: Sam Droege

When you grow native plants, you invite their pollinators to visit. Learn more about these essential, fascinating garden residents in this up-close, photo-filled presentation.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Free with admission. Pre-registration recommended.
Join us in the Youth Garden on the first Tuesday of each month for a special program designed for the youngest aspiring gardeners. We’ll use our senses of sight, hearing, and touch to explore.
Thursday, August 09, 2018, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Member $5 per adult, $3 per child; Non-member $10 per adult, $8 per child
INSTRUCTOR: SAM JAFFE
Join Sam Jaffe of the Caterpillar Lab on an engaging exploration of the gardens in search of caterpillars and the host plants they love.
For ages 6 and up.
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Included with Admission
Presenter: Robert Gegear, Phd

Learn how you can contribute to pollinator conservation in your own backyard, and how to become a beecologist using your smartphone to collect ecological data on bumblebees. Well end with a garden walk to look for bumblebees and practice using the app.

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Member $15, Non-member $20
This immersive and meditative documentary reveals how the revolutionary landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, upends our conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself. Co-sponsored with the Ecological Landscape Alliance.

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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.