Programs by Request
Geared for adults and led by Tower Hill staff at your site or ours. Additional instructor mileage fees apply for off-site programs. Please contact us using our request form to inquire about scheduling a program. You will receive a reply within 7 business days. Thank you.

$300 for up to 15 participants; materials included
Length: 1 hour
Design a low-maintenance terrarium embellished with sand, stones, and other decorative items, while learning about succulents and their care. The 4.8-inch diameter glass bowl is ideal for a sunny windowsill or tabletop.

$300 for up to 15 participants; materials included
Length: 1.5 hours
Fresh herbs and inks will be used to create botanical printed artwork or notecards.

$300 for up to 15 participants; materials included
Length: 1.5 hours
Hand-sew a soft bound book and learn artists’ techniques for winter journal keeping.

$225 for up to 20 participants
Length: 1.5 hours
Learn how to identify native trees with or without their leaves. Hands-on practice outdoors can be incorporated when appropriate.

$225 for up to 20 participants
Length: 1.5 hours
Learn the fundamentals of pruning woody plants, from tools to techniques.

Speakers by Request
Need an expert on horticulture, gardening, plant care, or related issues to speak at your event? Tower Hill has excellent speakers available for presentations, seminars, panels, symposiums, and more. Below is a list of our speakers and the topics they speak on. Please contact us using our request form to inquire about speaker availability and fees. You will receive a reply within 7 business days. Thank you.

Speaker Bio: Grace Elton has a strong public horticulture background with experience at premier gardens in the United States and the United Kingdom. While serving as director of horticulture, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA garnered national recognition as a top 10 botanical garden by USA Today and achieved the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She also served as horticulture supervisor and adjunct professor at the 118 acres Ambler Arboretum of Temple University in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Elton is a recipient of the prestigious Martin McLaren Horticulture Scholar award presented by the Garden Club of America. Elton has a Master of Science in public horticulture with a certificate in museum studies from the Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in environmental horticulture with a public gardens management specialization from the University of Florida. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and as a member of the Longwood Visiting Committee. Elton was honored as a “Top 40 Under 40” for Richmond, VA’s Style Weekly Magazine in 2013 and “Top 40 Under 40” for Worcester, MA’s Worcester Business Journal in 2018. Elton was also chosen for the 2019 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Delaware.


  • The history of Tower Hill
  • Projects and planning at Tower Hill
  • The future of Tower Hill

Fee: $750 – $1,000

Speaker Bio: Mark Richardson joined the staff as Director of Horticulture for Tower Hill Botanic Garden in 2018. Mark served previously as Botanic Garden Director for New England Wild Flower Society, where he oversaw Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm native plant nursery. He has a passion for ecological horticulture and native plants and is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens (Globe Pequot, 2018).


  • Kill Your Lawn
  • Native Plants for New England Gardens
  • Earth-friendly Gardening

Fee: $500 – $750

Speaker Bio: Ruth Seward began with Worcester Tree Initiative, now the outreach department of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, in early 2010 and has been the department Director since January 2016. Ruth is a certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and holds a B.A. from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY.


  • Tool Care and Safety
  • Basic Pruning
  • The State of Urban Trees a Neighborhood by Neighborhood study of Worcester, MA
  • Planting and Caring for Trees in the Field

Fee: $500 – $700

Speaker Bio: Amy Nyman is a landscape designer and owner of Ruby Leaf Design, LLC. She earned a Masters in Ecological Landscape Design from The Conway School, is a certified designer of APLD, was horticulturist at Garden in the Woods, and now manages the natural areas at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Amy’s design philosophy is founded on the belief that landscapes should blend beauty, function, and health, and her professional goal is to help people create that balance within their living spaces. She enjoys integrating native plants into the formal garden, offering both recognized structure and a sense of place by reconnecting sites with regionally-native plants, as well as increasing biodiversity and resilience in the landscape. A few of Amy’s projects include a community garden in Roslindale, MA, clifftop pollinator garden in Arlington, meadow installation in Denham, and pond renovation at Garden in the Woods. She enjoys exploring fun plant combinations and playing in the dirt.


  • Native Plants for Landscape Design
  • Native Plants for Urban Design
  • Tough Plants for Tough Places
  • Design with Water Management
  • Landscape Design for Small Spaces

Fee: $250 – $500

Book a Program or Speaker
Please contact us using our request form to inquire about booking a program or speaker. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance.

Your full program fee is required at the time of registration and is necessary to confirm your reservation. You may pay by credit card by calling 508-869-6111 X124 or by mailing a check to:

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
P.O. Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505

All checks should be made out to Worcester County Horticultural Society.

Cancellation Policy
Please contact the Registrar as soon as possible at 508-869-6111 X124 or registrar@towerhillbg.orgif you would like to reschedule or cancel your program or speaker by request. A full refund will be made if the cancellation is requested at least two weeks in advance. Cancellations less than two weeks before the program date will forfeit the program fee (exceptions will be made if the cancellation is mutually agreed upon and due to inclement weather).

Please contact the Registrar at 508-869-6111 X124 or

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