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“Wonderful gardens!”

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Boylston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Oneonta, New York, United States
1 review
“Wonderful gardens!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Tower Hill is a place we take all our summer and winter visitors, and they all rave about it afterwards. The gardens are beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, and in the winter both the orangerie and the limonaia are filled with blooming plants. No matter when you visit you learn something and see something new. We are members and stop in often for just an hour or so, but when we bring visitors we usually make it a considerably longer visit and often opt to have lunch on the patio looking out toward Wachusett Reservoir and Mountain. Don't miss this beautiful botanical garden!

Visited July 2013
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MA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“One of the Great Botanic Attractions in New England”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We have been members for 8 years and it is a true retreat and pleasure to see. We are glad to recommend this beautiful attraction.

Visited July 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
“A Place of Beauty”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Tower Hill is a place of natural beauty filled with the sounds of song birds, gorgeous flowers, trees and shrubs. It is a place filled with the quiet sounds of nature, with views so expansive that one feels on vacation, even if it's an afternoon visit.

The staff is welcoming, the restaurant wonderful. The maintenance on the grounds, garden displays and buildings are immaculate.

The evening concerts I've attended are magical, with song birds joining in, followed by a chorus of night sounds and croaking frogs.

Visited June 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Cute and well organized botanical garden”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We went there the first time for a violet show, and visited the rest of the garden. We decide to take our membership, even if leave 40 minutes away from it. We figured we would come back for the orchid show and the bonsai show. In turns out we go there ounce a mount. It's cute, medium size place, we a good diversity, very well organized, both in design and facilities. Half of the property is a conservation area, including lookout area. Tower Hill is a nice area. The other half is the managed/designed garden. They also have a very nice cafe/lunch place, with patio, a nice boutique, a library, very nice staff. They organize or collaborate with associations to offer small exhibits almost every months. The violet exposition was very nice. The rose event was more like walking around the garden, while most of the roses are blooming here and there. The bonsai show, was small, but well done. I am looking forward for the lily show and the orchid show.

Sure it is small, but I don't regret the membership.

Visited June 2013
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Shrewsbury
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Come and explore a treasure...”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

No matter what time of year you visit, there's something blooming and growing. From a daffodil
field with thousands of blooms in early spring to all the flowering shrubs and trees, and then perennial flowers, the sights and smells are wonderful. There are wooded paths to explore that lead by a rural pond setting, water features and gardens near the main building, and so many places to stop, sit and take in the details of carefully planned plantings. Educational
opportunies and cultural events are in abundance.

Food is served in a cafe during lunch hours, but other food choices are more limited at other
times. We opted for a Family membership, but soon upgraded to the Friends option so that
we could bring guests to share this treasure.

It's a great place for whatever length of walking you choose and plantings are carefully
marked for educational purposes.

Included is a photo of The Secret Garden setting which was just beginning to come to life in
the spring. Sights and smells abound as well as a serene setting away from the hustle and
bustle of city life.

Visited June 2013
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