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Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, PO Box 598, Boylston, MA
508-869-6111
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Boylston
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Tower Hill Botanic Garden is New England's year-round botanic garden, a living museum of plants...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Tower Hill Botanic Garden is New England's year-round botanic garden, a living museum of plants exquisite in every season. Several distinctive gardens arrange plants according to an overall Master Plan, that includes a Lawn Garden, Secret Garden, Systematic Garden, Cottage & Vegetable Garden, Wildlife Refuge Pond, Winter Garden, and more. Two conservatories--the Orangerie and the Limonaia--display non-hardy plants in winter, with blooming flowers in every season. Springtime brings more than a quarter million flowering bulbs, including a signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I recently visited the Tower Hill Gardens. I have been before but t was years ago. This trip they were all prepared for the holidays. It was freezing, but the trees, bushes, arches... were all lit with different colored lights, sparkling off the snow on the ground. Inside they had created a huge Christmas tree with bromeliads that was pretty... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My garden club took a field trip to the Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and we were all impressed with how beautiful a place it is. It was a cold, rainy day, but we opted to view the grounds as well as the indoor facilities. The trees and large bushes are plentiful and well tended. The "winter garden" has some shrubs... More 

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massachusetts
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We try to visit every year during school vacation week. A calm oasis nestled on top of a magnificent hill with a view over the worcester hills. Staff is very friendly, tours are self guided. Get a pass from the local library in your town if you live close by!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Living so close to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, coupled with having a membership there, I can pretty much stop by whenever the mood hits me for a visit. Each of the seasons has its own special beauty at Tower Hill. In the Spring and Summer, many of the beautiful flowers are in bloom. Arrive early with a picnic lunch and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I was so looking forward to a beautiful fall day, filled with amazing plants, flowers, fountains and lovely statues. It was really sad to see the way the statues were ignored and not well kept. I understand if want them to weather, but this was not just letting them weather, they were plain and simply ignored. It made me feel... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is such a relaxing place to learn about varieties of flowers grouped in similar types. We'll have to come back in the summer to see it at full bloom. Nice walking trails in the woods too. And the harp concert was a real treat..

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were luck to visit the garden on a sunny day. $12 admission fee and beautiful greenhouses, sculptures, fountains, a lot of flowers and rare plants surrounded by large old park welcome you. How about a pound with wooden gazebo, rocking chair hanging on an old tree, chipmunks rustling in the grass? It is all there. Quiet, romantic nature groomed... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

We are members who always enjoy our visits - we try to come three to four times a year because it is always different. If you need a peaceful day 'away from it all', please visit!

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England
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Well laid out, with a mixture of formal gardens and wilder areas, plus trails and points of interest, so it kept us occupied for a good portion of the day (especially as we had a really nice lunch in the cafe!) There was a corporate 'do' being set up in the afternoon, so that blocked off some areas a bit,... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Good luck learning very much about plants at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden from now on. They have essentially kicked out all of the plant societies, effectively abandoning the reasons for which it was first founded. Really they are shooting themselves in the foot, because now they may well lose the expertise that the plant societies who formerly met here... More 

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