Family Outings: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Region – I took my sons on a trip to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Boylston for a hike with the recent mild summer weather. We have enjoyed visiting Tower Hill in all seasons and on our most recent visit we hiked some of the trails and visited the gardens.
Our favorite short hike takes us up a trail that gives a beautiful view of the surrounding area from the top.
This is exactly why I enjoy visiting Tower Hill. While it is a short ride from most areas in Metrowest, when you arrive, it seems a world away from everything. We've enjoyed seeing the flowers in full bloom, the apple trees in fall and visiting the orangerie with its tropical plants in the winter.
This summer Tower Hill has several programs for youth and families. There will be nature drawing and nature print classes and also a workshop on pond life ("Who lives in the wildlife pond?") that require preregistration. A weeklong workshop in floral design for youth will be held in July. Also, on Wednesday July 25 and Aug. 22, wildlife walks will be presented for families from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. These walks are free with admission and families can pack a picnic dinner to take along.
Another program of special interest to families with children will be a workshop for adults Thursday, Aug. 23 called "Your children, your pets and your lawn: How and why to grow grass without chemicals known to be toxic." This program needs prior registration and will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Tower Hill's garden hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, including Monday holidays. They are also open Wednesdays until 8 p.m. in the summer. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 6 to 18. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is half price after 4:30 p.m.
More information about Tower Hill is available at www.towerhillbg.org or by calling 508-869-6111.
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