CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
Join Berkshire Botanical Garden for a behind-the-scenes tour of the stunning Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA, and nearby Brigham Hill Farm. The Worcester County Horticultural Society was incorporated in 1842 as a non-profit educational organization for the purpose of advancing the science of horticulture and encouraging and improving its practice. As the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States, the Society offered flower shows and educational programs in downtown Worcester for more than 150 years. In 1986, the Society purchased Tower Hill Farm in Boylston, MA, to develop as a botanic garden where the ideals of the organization could be put into practice for the community. With 18 distinct gardens on 171 acres, much of it preserved as woodland and open space, Tower Hill is dedicated to the cultivation and display of some of the most exquisite plants in the world. Explore the many gardens each with its own unique character. The shade garden tucked into the forest, the garden of inspiration built to guide your design practice, the new ramble garden designed for play and youth, and so much more will excite any plant and garden design enthusiast.
Brigham Hill Farm is taken care of by Shirley and Peter Williams in North Grafton, MA. Purchased in 1975, the grounds surround a beautiful, 225 year old colonial house and barn. The first thirteen years Shirley and Peter spent dealing with the ailments of an old house and in the rebuilding of old stone walls on the property. After all this work was finished, the gardens were planned and planted one by one. With much of the gardens designed by Warren Leach, the property boasts a woodland water garden, herb and vegetable gardens, perennial beds, terraces and a swimming pool for entertaining, and the joys of a homesteading garden with a hen house and raised beds. Brigham Hill Farm has been a multiyear project sure to capture your imagination.
Please note participants are responsible for their own travel and lunch.