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        

Wednesdays, February 06, 2019 – March 27, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Free with Admission
Join us for a story, craft and short guided walk in the gardens and along the trails. Each week we will explore a different seasonally appropriate theme.

Pre-registration recommended.

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member child $3, Member adult $5, Non-member child $8, Non-member adult $20
There are many bird species that stay in New England all year round. The gardens in winter provide the food, water, space, and shelter necessary for non-migratory birds to survive. Join us on a winter bird walk as we search for some resident species and build a feeder to take home and hang in your yard or garden.

Limit 30 participants. Pre-registration recommended.

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
Member $39, Non-member $53
Instructor: Paul Steen

Learn how get started with a home greenhouse, including greenhouse types, plant selection, and year-round planning and maintenance.

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Included with Admission
Presenters: Regional Environmental Council, Mill City Grows, World Farmers, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and Green City Growers

Join us as a variety of local organizations discuss the work they do to empower individuals and strengthen community through building local food systems. Come and meet some hometown horticultural heroes and be inspired to take action in your own community.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission; Registration required
Discover how to create an early breath of spring in your own home with forced branches of spring flowering shrubs and trees. Join one of the horticulture staff on a garden walk to learn what flowering shrubs and trees are good candidates to force into bloom for indoor display. The staff will also share tips on making proper pruning cuts, the proper timing of harvesting materials, and conditioning of branches.
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Free
Business Meeting:

Members of Tower Hill and the Worcester County Horticultural Society are invited to a presentation by the Board of Trustees, reviewing the Societys business of the past year. Additionally, candidates for the Board will be elected and amendments to the bylaws will be voted on. All are welcome, but only members can vote during the Business Meeting. More information on these items will be available online in February.

Presentation by Don Rakow:
The Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Don Rakow, Associate Professor of horticulture at Cornell University. His lecture will focus on the role of public gardens in addressing urgent needs in their communities.

The presentation will be followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

Please register at towerhillbg.org or by calling 508.869.6111 x102

Friday, March 29, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Included with Admission
The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

This March and April read and eat with us! Daniel Stones The Food Explorer is on the menu. Join our group read to discover the true adventures of David Fairchild, a
late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapesand thousands moreto the American plate. Copies are available in the Library and the garden shop.

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Member $60, Non-member $74
Instructor: Adam Wheeler

Join Broken Arrow Nurserys grafting guru for this hands-on workshop. After the lecture youll graft several specimens to take home.

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Included with Admission
The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

This March and April read and eat with us! Daniel Stones The Food Explorer is on the menu. Join our group read to discover the true adventures of David Fairchild, a
late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapesand thousands moreto the American plate. Copies are available in the Library and the garden shop.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Member $26, Non-member $40
Instructor: Angela Deller

Learn low maintenance techniques that you can use in the planning, design, and maintenance of your garden.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Member: Free, Nonmember: Free with admission
Join us for a special program designed for the youngest aspiring gardeners. Well explore the gardens in spring using our sense of sight, smell, hearing, and touch.

Max. 20 children.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Member $26, Non-member $40
Instructor: Angela Deller

Learn to care for your garden in ways that will benefit the local flora and fauna.

Friday, April 05, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member $25, Non-member $39, including a copy of A Year in My Rose Garden
Instructor: Teresa Mosher

Learn how to choose hardy roses and basics for how to care for them. Go home with a copy of Teresa’s month-by-month guide, A Year in My Rose Garden.

Saturday, April 06, 2019, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Member $39, Non-member $53
Instructor: Christie Higginbottom

Use traditional advice and modern gardening techniques to design a four-square kitchen garden for vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Saturday, April 06, 2019, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Member $26, Non-member $40
Instructor: Kathy Connolly

Learn about the best native shrubs, small trees, perennials, and groundcovers for foundation-area planting.

Saturday, April 06, 2019, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Member $50, Non-member $64; All Materials included.
Instructor: Betsy Williams

Learn what herbs and vegetables to grow and how to care for them. Plant a 14″ container with seeds of early spring greens and go home with three packets of gourmet seeds perfect for containers.

Sunday, April 07, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Member $10, Non-member $20
Daniel Stone, author of Tower Hill READS 2019 selection The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, presents a book talk and signing on the birthday of the book’s subject David Fairchild! Copies of The Food Explorer will be available for purchase in the Garden Shop.
Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
Worcester Academy, 81 Providence Street, Worcester, MA
Member $25, Non-member $30
Instructor: Joann Vieira

Learn how to prune your fruit trees for optimal health and how to identify and handle fruit tree diseases and pests. Please note the location is not at Tower Hill but at Worcester Academy.

Thursdays, April 11, 2019 – April 18, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Member $78, Non-member $94
Instructor: Cheryl Salatino

We’ll demystify the garden design process by tackling the fundamentals of garden making. Apply your new knowledge using hands-on exercises.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Included with Admission
Meet the artist at this grand kick-off weekend. George Sherwood will introduce visitors to his kinetic sculptures and discuss how his work explores nature and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion.

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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.