A VISIT TO THE NEW ENGLAND BOTANIC GARDEN AT TOWER HILL in central Massachusetts is a delightful respite from daily chores. It was established by the Worcester Horticultural Society on a farm in Boylston, MA.
There are 18 distinct garden areas that include formal gardens, a vegetable garden, a woodland garden, a meadow, and an apple orchard of heirloom varieties. These are situated on one hundred seventy-one acres.
The entrance garden consists of a walk planted on both sides with a mix of native plants and ornamental varieties. It leads to the visitor center which includes classrooms, solarium, deli, and a souvenir shop.
There are benches spread throughout the many garden spaces for quiet contemplation.
A woodland garden with an alley of oaks and many herbaceous groundcovers.
A vegetable garden featuring black/purple tomatoes and red okra.
The gardens are full of ideas, like building a wall planting
Or adding sparkle to evergreens when not in bloom with tiny colorful lights.
Touring a botanic garden is a great way to energize your gardening spirit after dealing with a summer of ups and downs in your own garden.