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, August 23, 2018, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM
Member $5, Non-member $20
Presenter: Sam Jaffe, Director Of The Caterpillar Lab

Enjoy a photograph- and video-packed presentation that explores backyard pollinators, plants, and the many caterpillars that are at the center of it all.

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Sunday, August 26, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Included with admission
Kate Narita, author of 100 Bugs!, will read from her book and lead a fun, buggy activity for kids.
About the book: How many bugs can you count? From walking sticks to spittlebugs, dragonflies to katydids, discovering 10 bugs at a time, you just might see 100 bugs! Little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure. With Suzanne Kaufmans bright, whimsical illustrations and Kate Naritas clever rhyming text, 100 Bugs! is part look-and-find, part learning experience, and all kinds of fun.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with admission. Registration required.
A cottage garden uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure. Enjoy a tour of Tower Hills riff on the traditional cottage garden.
Saturday, September 01, 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.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Free with admission. Pre-registration recommended.
Join us in the Youth Garden on the first Saturday 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.
Saturday, September 08, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Member $30, Non-Member, $45. Materials included.
Instructor: Lauren Sitterly

Build a complete miniature bog with four temperate carnivorous plants in a 10 inch bowl. Learn about the plants, how to build a bog, and how to take care of it. All materials and instruction included.

Sunday, September 09, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Member $30, Non-Member, $45. Materials included.
Instructor: Lauren Sitterly

Build a complete miniature bog with four temperate carnivorous plants in a 10 inch bowl. Learn about the plants, how to build a bog, and how to take care of it. All materials and instruction included.

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member $75, Non-member $85. Materials included.
Instructor: Betsy Williams

Capture the vibrancy of autumn in a container. Fill your 14-inch container with brilliant mums, richly colored asters, dramatic kales, miniature evergreens, and more, then bring your display home to enjoy throughout the season.

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member $25, Non-member $35
Instructor: Kathy Connolly

Learn the secrets of creating a successful meadow, large or small. From site selection to plant choices and maintenance, Kathy will discuss it all.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Member $15, Non-member $25
Instructor: Amber Kennedy

Join folk herbalist Amber Kennedy on an informative plant identification walk covering wild plant folklore, medicinal benefits, remedies, and their historical as well as modern day uses.

Saturday, September 22, 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, September 22, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with Admission
Leaders: Phyllis Savage & Betsy Szymczak

Join us for a discussion about how gesneriads and begonias are judged, followed by a walk-through of the show. Learn what takes to earn a blue ribbon.

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member $8, Non-member $8 per participant
INSTRUCTORS: PHYLLIS SAVAGE & BETSY SZYMCZAK

In this hands-on workshop, children will learn to make a miniature dish garden for their favorite fairy, princess, dragon, dinosaur, or other magical friend. Bring your own miniature friend from home if you like.

For ages 6 and up.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Included with admission. Registration required.
Explore the use of ornamental grasses in the gardens of Tower Hill and discover how you can use them to deliver texture, variety, and seasonal beauty to your own garden.
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Included with Admission
Leader: Chau Matt

Join us for an overview of how to grow dahlias, with a focus on history, biology, popularityand a hint of mystery and murder. Learn cultivation techniques that work in the northeast, including planting instructions, staking advice, end-of-season care, winter storage, and much more.

Tuesdays, October 02, 2018 – October 30, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
5-Week Series: Member $120, Non-member $140 (includes learning materials)
Instructors: trained 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 at volunteering for at least 20 hours in the urban forest of Worcester or at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Member: Free, Nonmember: Free with admission
Join us for a story, craft, and a short guided walk in the gardens and along the trails. Each week we will explore a different seasonally appropriate theme.

Pre-registration recommended.

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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.