Think Spring with Tower Hill Botanic Garden


Tower Hill Botanic Garden will host the 186th Annual Massachusetts Camellia Show Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1.

By Melissa Durkee

As temperatures continue to linger in the teens, New Englanders are left dreaming of green grass, beach days, and warmer weather. While the first official day of spring is right around the corner, the mountains of snow don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. And after the winter New England has had, it’s hard not to have a little case of spring fever.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, an educational horticulture organization, is just the remedy for that. With more than 132 acres in Boylston, Massachusetts, Tower Hill boasts an extensive variety of plant species in its year-round botanic gardens. With so much to do, March’s events calendar is a busy one.


This weekend, the Massachusetts Camellia Society, the oldest flower society in the nation, will host the 186th Annual Camellia Show at Tower Hill. Visitors will be able to stroll through hundreds of prized flower collections, including blossoms on Tower Hill’s Camellia trees. The show will be open Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.


The Limonaia, or Lemon House, keeps a variety of non-hardy plants warm during the winter months.

Tower Hill offers docent-led conservatory tours of the Limonaia and Orangerie every Wednesday at 2 p.m. through March 25. Both are cool-temperate buildings that keep the more tropical plant varieties warm during the cold winter months.


With lots of windows and abundant natural light, the Orangerie is a mix between an 18th-century building and a contemporary conservatory.

Tower Hill also offers after-school cooking classes. Matt Landry, the head chef of Tower Hill’s Twigs Café, teaches children 8 and up how to make tasty treats from pizza to pasta to breakfast foods. Cooking classes are every Thursday at 3:30 p.m., from March 5 to 26. Register online.

On March 19, Betsy Williams, an avid gardener who guides tours and teaches classes at Tower Hill, will venture into the city and lead a tour of the Boston Flower Exchange, the region’s wholesale flower market usually only open to floral professionals. Online registration is required for this event.


With these and many other great activities and events, Tower Hill continues its mission “of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture.” And, the folks at Tower Hill do it year

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