COVID-19 UPDATE: Tower Hill Closed Until April 6

In response to recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the governor’s office, and the Centers for Disease Control, Tower Hill Botanic Garden is closed until April 6. All programs and private events are canceled until April 6 and registrants will receive refunds. Our facilities, gardens, and trails are closed to the public. All non-essential staff will stay home. We are in close contact with public health officials regarding COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and will update the public if this information changes. We encourage the public to follow guidelines from the CDC while spending valuable time outdoors at their own homes.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Welcome to Tower Hill Botanic Garden! Our 171-acre property features beautiful cultivated gardens with collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that will take you through the woods, across the fields and up to one of the highest points in Boylston to enjoy amazing views of Wachusett Mountain and Reservoir. All of this, together with exciting programs and events, make Tower Hill a must-see destination.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden has plans to improve the visitor experience with a new garden (to open in 2021), expanded parking, and an upgraded, more accessible visitor entry. We are pleased to share more information here. Our new lobby opened in February 2020.

Please note:

  • The conservatories will be closed May 4-May 15, 2020
    Please excuse us as we move plants from the Orangerie and Limonaia to their homes for the summer season. Safety concerns prevent us from allowing guests into the conservatories during this time. All other gardens and trails remain open.

Open Daily, 10am–5pm. Last admission is one half hour before closing. In 2020, the Garden will be closed November 26, December 24, December 25, and December 31.

Farmer and the Fork Café: Open daily at 11 am when the Garden is open. Last seating is 2:30 pm.

The Garden Shop: Open daily 10am-5pm when the Garden is open.

Library: Open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am–4pm.

For the safety of our guests, Tower Hill may close due to severe weather. Please check the website, Facebook and Twitter or call 508.869.6111 for updates.

Please be aware that the Secret Garden and the Orangerie conservatory may close to the public at 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer as we set up for weddings.

Members: FREE
Adults: $16
Seniors (65+): $11
Youth (6–18): $6
Children 5 and Under: Free
Dogs: $7 (Learn more about dog walking at Tower Hill.)

Entry to Farmer and the Fork Café and The Garden Shop are included with garden admission.

Members receive free general admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and discounted special event admission. Deduct the price of your admission when you join as a member on the day of your visit. Learn more or join now online!

American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admission Program: Members of participating gardens receive free general admission. See AHS: RAP guidelines.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central MA & Metrowest: “Little” receives free general admission with a “Big” admission. Valid Big ID required.

Boylston Residents: We are happy to offer free general admission to our Boylston neighbors. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boylston Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

EBT Card to Culture: Up to four guests of any age admitted for $2 each when a Massachusetts EBT card is presented. The EBT Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance.

Massachusetts Teachers Association: Free general admission for teachers with valid MTA card.

Military Personnel, Veterans, and Military Families: 25% off general admission year-round with a valid Military ID or Dependent ID. Veterans and military personnel will also receive free admission on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Personal Care Attendants: Paid and unpaid personal care attendants receive free general admission when accompanying a guest with disabilities. Service animals are welcome at Tower Hill at all times.

Wachusett Mountain Season Pass Holders: $5 off general admission when you present your current season pass.

WBUR: Buy one, get one free general admission Mondays through Fridays with valid WBUR membership card.

To best enjoy your visit to our Gardens, we encourage you to:

  • Explore our website prior to your visit to learn about upcoming programs and events.
  • View a map of our gardens and trails and learn about our 17 unique gardens.
  • Check our hours of operations and note special announcements. Please be aware that the Secret Garden and the Orangerie may close to the public at 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer as we set up for weddings.
  • Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray as needed. Insects, including ticks, bees, and mosquitos, are part of our ecosystem.
  • Bring your own wheelchair, mobility scooter, stroller, or wagon. Wheelchairs are available to borrow in the Visitor Center on a first come, first served basis.
  • Shop in the Garden Shop and dine at Farmer & the Fork Café.
  • Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Become a member! If you are a member, please bring your membership card for easy admission and to take advantage of discounts in the Garden Shop.

You may do the following during your visit:

  • Take photos! Photography Policy
  • Picnic on our lawns and at tables throughout the formal gardens. To-go dining options are available at Farmer & the Fork Cafe.
  • Bring your dog to walk on our woodland trails.
  • Please be considerate when using your cell phone.

Please refrain from the following during your visit:

  • Straying from the paths and disobeying posted signage and safety barricades.
  • Sunbathing (shirts and shoes required at all times).
  • Climbing trees, picking plants and flowers, walking into our fountains or water features.
  • Feeding wildlife.
  • Releasing plants, seeds or creatures, including butterflies, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. To learn why this is important, please see Xerces Society butterfly release policy.

The following items are prohibited in the Gardens:

  • Smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping, and any illegal substances.
  • Small group picnicking is allowed, but no barbecuing, outside alcohol, or outside catering. Large groups can coordinate lunch with one of our preferred caterers by contacting our Private Events department. Carry out what you carry in, including trash.
  • Pets, except service animals and dogs being walked on our woodland trails.
  • Toys that can cause damage to the plant collection and wildlife, such as balloons.
  • Radios, musical instruments, and equipment for active sports (balls, Frisbees, kites, scooters, and bikes).
  • Drones.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is committed to accessibility for all visitors and has been designated an UP Organization by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Stoddard Education & Visitors Center, the Orangerie, the Limonaia, the Court: A Garden Within Reach, the Lawn Garden, the Winter Garden, the Reading Garden, the Entry Garden, the Secret Garden, and the Systematic Garden are wheelchair accessible.  Learn more about these spaces.

Parking for visitors with mobility challenges is available near the Visitor Center. Tower Hill owns several wheelchairs available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Paid and unpaid personal care attendants receive free general admission when accompanying a guest with disabilities. Service animals are welcome at Tower Hill at all times.

Access questions? Call us 508.869.6111 x110 for more information.

Quiet Time at Tower Hill: Upon request, Tower Hill will open its doors a half hour early to groups seeking a low sensory, less crowded environment, in which to enjoy the Gardens. This opportunity is available to groups of 10 or more people, on Wednesdays mornings from 9:30am-10am. Groups must register in advance and pay the Garden admission.

To book a quiet time visit please fill out the Group Reservation form. Have questions? Contact Suzanne Hauerstein, Coordinator of Volunteer and Intern Services by phone 508-869-6111 x175, or by email at shauerstein@towerhillbg.org. Please book at least two weeks advanced. Payment must be made one week in advance of your visit.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located in Central Massachusetts, about 10 miles northeast of Worcester.

For directions to Tower Hill please use 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA in your GPS or please visit Google Maps.

How Many Miles to Tower Hill

Worcester, MA – 10 miles
Boston, MA – 47 miles
Springfield, MA – 63 miles
Providence, RI – 50 miles
Nashua, NH – 46 miles
Hartford, CT – 72 miles
New York City, NY – 189 miles

Parking

Free parking is available on Tower Hill property. Visitors are asked to not park along French Drive.

Ride Share

Ride Share services such as Uber and Lyft are available in the area.

Public Transportation from Boston

Take Commuter Rail from South Station or Back Bay Station to Westborough, North Grafton or Worcester (Union Station). Transportation via cab or ride share to Tower Hill Botanic Garden is available from any of these stations.

Dogs are welcome at Tower Hill except during Night Lights. There is no charge for dogs are who enrolled in our  Tails ‘n Trails membership. The admission fee for non-member dogs is $7. All dogs must be on leashes and kept on the woodland trails (see map). Please view other guidelines here. Service dogs are welcome throughout the property.

PHOTOGRAPHY RELEASE
During your visit you may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by an employee or contract photographer. Your admission serves as permission for the use of your image by the Tower Hill Botanic Garden and its constituents.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

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