To schedule a program or speaker by request, please fill out this request form. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance. 

Programs by Request
Programs by Request are geared for adults and led by Tower Hill staff. Programs can be offered virtually on Zoom or onsite in our outdoor classroom for groups of 9 or less.  

Onsite program attendees will be asked to adhere to Tower Hill’s garden visitation guidelines to ensure safety of staff and participants. Read more about the garden’s safety protocols here. Prices for onsite programs include the cost of materials for up to 9 participants. 

Materials are not included for virtual programs; however, the program fee includes a list of supplies and recommended vendors. Upon registration, participants will receive a packet of supplemental information, handouts, and a supply list.

$300 onsite; $150 live virtual instruction; $75 prerecorded video
Length: 1 hour
Learn about these interesting plants and their care and get some tips and tricks for creating your own open-air succulent or cacti terrarium.  

$300 onsite; $150 live virtual instruction 
Length: 1.5 hours 
Learn how to use fresh herbs and inks to create botanical printed artwork or notecards. 

$250 onsite; $150 live virtual instruction 
Length: 1.5 hours 
Hand-sew a soft bound book and learn artists’ techniques for creating entries in your nature journal.  

$250 onsite; $150 live virtual instruction 
Length: 1.5 hours 
Learn how to identify native trees with or without their leaves using local specimens as a guide.  

$250 onsite; $150 live virtual instruction 
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 a variety of speakers available for virtual gatherings, garden clubs, college courses, and more. Check out our list below to learn more about our speakers and offerings.All talks will be held virtually on Zoom and include a onehour presentation and thirty minutes for Q&A.  

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:  $500  

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:  $250 

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:  $250 

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:  $150  

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 x175 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 us as soon as possible at 508-869-6111 x175 or if 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 Suzanne Hauerstein at 508-869-6111 x175 or 

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