The Lawn Garden- 350 species of trees dominate the Lawn Garden which was the very first major undertaking of Tower Hill in 1989. The Lawn Garden also features thousands of bulbs that bloom in the spring, perennials that follow in the summer such as lilies and berry bushes in the winter. The lawn has a dramatic display of fall leaf colors every autumn.
The Limonaia- The Lemon House was opened in 2010 and is modeled after a traditional lemon house with cathedral ceilings and a sub-tropical environment. The plants in the Lemon House have fruit, sweet fragrances, and bold flowers. During the day temperatures are usually around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pliny’s Allee- This row of oak trees is a beautiful walkway in every season. The Oak trees are underplanted with oak leaf hydrangea, witch hazel, and other shrubs that produce pretty white flowers that borders the path between the mighty oaks. At the end of the Allee there is a fountain and two busts of the Roman God Janus.
The Asian Woods and Moss Steps- the Asian Woods are made up of Asian and Eurasian Flora and are part of the Edward Mezitt Shade Garden. The Moss Steps are like a garden within a garden. The Castalia stone steps were taken from farm fields that were part of Lake Erie in Ohio. These stones are limestone based and the perfect foundation for moss to grow. The banks of the steps have been planted with mountain laurel and wildflowers that are native to Massachusetts.
The Systematic Garden- This unusual but informative garden gives visitors a one-of-a-kind look at the taxonomy for plant life. This garden represents 26 distinct plant families and acts as a living encyclopedia.
The Orangerie- The Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Orangerie features a glass roof that allows plenty of sunlight while keeping the house cool. The house is full of winter blooming potted plants that are fragrant and can be moved outside in the summer months. This space was open to the public in 1999.
The Vegetable Garden- This organic garden features heirloom and new species of vegetables and herbs, as well as flowers that are edible and delicious. Visitors will learn how to mulch, compost and use Integrated Pest Management for insect and pest control. Education on sustainable gardening techniques in the focus on this garden and the crops that are grown change yearly based on educational themes. Crops grown during the season are harvested and donated to local food banks or used in the Twigs Café.
The Secret Garden- Truly a secret as it is hidden from view in the third row of the lowest terrace of the Lawn Garden, the Edith J Beals Secret Garden features a pool and 17th century fountain. To enter the garden visitors must descend a staircase from an upper terrace or find the brick path, once inside visitors are surrounded by herbaceous borders that are low maintenance and sweetly aromatic.
Winter Garden- Surrounded by other buildings on three sides, the winter garden is easy to visit in the winter because visitors are more protected from the elements. This garden highlights plants that do particularly well in the winter time such as evergreen forms and shrubs. Winter Garden also has several thousand bulbs that bloom in the spring and perennials. The focal point of the Winter Garden is Domitian’s Pool. This pool is heated so that large scale bronze box turtle fountain can run year-round.
Wildlife Refuge Pond- the pond is home to fish and amphibians that are native to the area and provides water to the wildlife over the 132 acres of woodlands and gardens. The Hope Spear Wildlife Refuge Pond is ½ acre and is 100% native wetland shrub and herbaceous perennials.
The Wildlife Garden-Worcester County Horticultural Society transformed the primary dumping grounds of Tower Hill Farm, and past grazing grounds for dairy cattle into a 1-acre wetland and vernal pool that wildlife has been drawn back to and visitors can enjoy. New trees were planted and a bird watching house was erected with several well stocked birdfeeders in the area. There are two bronze crane sculptures displayed here also.
The Court: A Garden Withith Reach- This garden is specifically designed for visitors that present significant mobility issues and features Tower Hill plantings, moveable planters, and other elements in an environment that presents solutions for gardeners that may be presented with mobility issues at home. Visitors can learn different ways of gardening that can help them still be able to enjoy the hobby at home. Massachusetts Attractions: Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston - Photo: IKvyatkovskaya/Fotolia
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