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“Little piece of heaven”

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Boylston
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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.
Reviewed June 22, 2013

A little piece of heaven that I would never have known existed had it not been for getting lost on our way home! The gardens are so peaceful and well maintained, with beautiful hideaways to sit and enjoy a book or good company on a sunny day. They have a beautiful overlook restaurant with a great view - perfect for a drink. Meandering pathways that you could get lost for hours walking, beautiful fountains and secret gardens that aren't teeming with people. It felt for a second like I had my own private estate!

The price for entry is high, so pack and picnic and stay for a while. AAA has a discount and same for special days (fathers/mothers day). Perfect, serene spot that I am definitely visiting next time I need some nature time!

I imagine this is an incredible spot for a wedding, just idyllic!

Thank islabery
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"formal gardens"
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"worcester county"
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"tropical plants"
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"central mass"
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"walking trails"
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"became members"
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"nice gift shop"
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"wachusett reservoir"
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"full bloom"
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"water features"
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"year round"
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"bring a picnic lunch"
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"unique items"
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"late spring"
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"special events"
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"beautiful place to visit"
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We had visited in April and enjoyed the indoor exhibits crowded with beautiful plants. Outdoor spaces were nice but weather was still too chilly for much greenery. Returned last week (late May) and found a totally different display. Every single indoor plant had been relocated outdoors!
Indoor rooms were completely empty (used for functions).

Would recommend adjusting your visit according to your preference for indoor/outdoor setting.

Found great deals on Groupon for both visits.

2  Thank traveler567J
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The family went for the first time to annual plant sale and found some bargains afterwards we strolled the gardens. It was a good bargain for $5.00 per car load vs. the normal $12.00 per adult for entrance fee.

The layout is a bit confusing for first time visitors but we should have got a map located at the front desk at the shopping area.

The gardens we did get to explore were well planned and had lots to see but not yet in full bloom. Suggest you wait till around end of June to see the full beauty of the place. Went with a couple of young children who loved all the open spaces to run and play.

1  Thank ethelfd
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is a great half-day drip from the Boston/Worcester area. I have been here many times. This was the first May visit. I saw their Rhodendrons in peak bloom on a stroll of the Lawn Garden where there are labeled specimin trees and shrubs. Saw my favorite Cornus Kousa, Korean Dogwood 'Goldstar' just coming into bloom. It has variegated lime green and dark green leaves and is covered with white blooms in June. Great ornamental fruits in the fall as well.

As someone mentioned before you can spend a couple of hours walking through the gardens, or several hours if you want to take some of their woodland trails. In winter they have a couple of large conservatories/greenhouses that are a haven. Especially since so many garden centers with greenhouses do not operate in the winter any more.

It is really great to have a cafe/restaurant at Tower Hill, especially since there is not much in the West Boylston area. However, I have never cared for the catered food at Twigs cafe. While the setting is lovely, indoors or out on the newer expansive terrace, the lunches and meals I have ordered are pretty tasteless. In a restaurant you get fresh ingredients but I am pretty sure most of the food at Twigs is made somewhere else, brought in and plated. There is supposedly a new menu and I tried the Greek Salad sandwich on the new menu but it was bland and the focaccia bread was too thick for the salad inside. I would say just go with the quiche which is usually okay. You don't go to a botanic garden for the food, but I have never understood why Tower Hill serves such mediocre food at their cafe.

1  Thank famvacations
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

What a beautiful setting unfolds before you as you drive up to the car park. On a fine lead day you can enjoy the different aspects of both formal and informal gardenS together with fine views over the large lake nearby. Worth a visit for the peace and tranquility!

2  Thank Brian S
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