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        

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
$50 Member, $64 Non-Member
Instructor: Betsy Williams

Learn how to grow and use garlic, queen of the kitchen, and her strikingly beautiful cousins, the flowering alliums. Go home with cold hardy garlic and allium bulbs to plant.

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Free – registration requested
Instructor: Mark Richardson

Horticulture Director Mark Richardson will discuss the restoration of Tower Hill’s Harrington Orchard and its Davenport Collection of pre-20th century heirloom apples.

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Included with Admission
This competitive show features brilliant blooms, fascinating foliage, and the chance to learn from expert growers.
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
This competitive show features brilliant blooms, fascinating foliage, and the chance to learn from expert growers.
Wednesdays, October 02, 2019 – October 30, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
$150 Member, $175 Non-Member
Instructor: Forestry and Horticulture Professionals

Learn the skills essential to urban and community forestry and become tree stewards in your community. Topics covered include basic pruning techniques and safety, tree identification and biology, proper tree planting and care, tree pests and diseases, tree health assessment, and urban soil challenges. To complete this program, participants must commit to volunteering for at least 20 hours in the urban forest of Worcester or at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Coordinated by Worcester Tree Initiative

Thursday, October 03, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
$39 Member, $47 Non-Member
Instructor: Cheryl Salatino

We’ll explore how to infuse more color, adventure and intrigue into our shade gardens. This program blends site-specific assessment, design strategies and plant options to help enliven our imagination for those shady spots.

Friday, October 04, 2019, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Included with Admission
This competitive show features brilliant blooms, fascinating foliage, and the chance to learn from expert growers.
Saturday, October 05, 2019, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Included with Admission
This competitive show features brilliant blooms, fascinating foliage, and the chance to learn from expert growers.
Sunday, October 06, 2019, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Included with Admission
This competitive show features brilliant blooms, fascinating foliage, and the chance to learn from expert growers.
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Free – registration requested
Instructor: Community Garden History Project

Learn about how WWII Victory Gardens happened in Worcester, or bring your own knowledge to share!

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
$26 Member, $29 Non-Member
Instructor: Melissa Pace

Smell and taste a variety of herbs while learning how to grow, use, and preserve them. Go home with a small pot planted with seeds of easy-to-grow herbs.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
$30 Member; $44 Non-Member (Fee Includes Tastings)
Instructor: J. Stephen Casscles

Learn how to select, cultivate, and harvest disease resistant and cold hardy grapes that grow well in New England, while tasting wines made from some of these grapes. Must be age 21 or older.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
Instructor: Harpreet Sareen

Join award-winning scientist, artist, and educator Harpreet Sareen to learn how he designs systems that are placed in conjunction with plant capabilities and powered naturally.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – Monday, October 14, 2019, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Included with Admission
Mystical creatures from fairies to elves will help Tower Hill celebrate the magic of Autumn in the Garden. Enjoy the fall foliage, beer garden with local fare, fairyland market, face painting by Faerie Tribe, activities and workshops for kids and adults, and much more during this fairytale weekend.

Monday, October 14, 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.
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
$35 Member; $45 Non-Member (Fee Includes Materials)
Instructor: Matt Tetreault

Learn the basics of forcing bulbs and layer a mix of daffodil, tulip, hyacinth, and grape hyacinth in an 8″ pot for a beautiful display.

Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
$25 Member, $39 Non-Member, including a copy of A Year in My Rose Garden
Instructor: Teresa Mosher

Learn tips for choosing hardy roses, fertilizing, fall rose care, and winter protection. Go home with a copy of Mosher’s month-by-month guide, complete with tips on tools and resources.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
Enjoy a themed garden tour with Tower Hill horticultural staff.

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
$75 Member; $85 Non-Member (Fee Includes Materials)
Instructor: Joel Mullen

Learn all the basics to get started in bonsai as you create your own to take home.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
Join us for Tower Hill’s haunted Halloween spectacular. Kick the day off with a children’s costume parade full of tricks and treats. Stay for Pumpkin Painting and our haunted hounds doggy parade in the afternoon. Children’s Parade at 11am and Dog Parade at 1pm, rain or shine.

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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.