Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tower Hill Gardens

Winters are long and dreary here in the Northeast, so when things start to green up, we go a bit overboard, leaving no garden store or garden unvisited.

This week my friend  Amazing Grace and I went to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  In 1986, the Worcester County Historical Society began work on the 132 acre Tower Hill Farm and transformed it into the botanic gardens.  (I got stuck on why the garden is called "botanic"- what else would a garden be?   Turns out that while plants may be wild and free, the folks in charge have R.U.L.E.S. and Botanic Gardens Conservation International {seriously!}  has set the definition for a botanic garden.  It's dull, but if you must, you can read it here.)

The site is beautiful, overlooking the Wachusett reservoir.  The grounds and gardens are meticulously maintained, wth plenty of benches for sitting and soaking in the pretties.   Here we are, at the Garden cafe after a great lunch.

We started  with this amazing wall of plants- annuals, perennials, grasses, lettuces and herbs - so lovely.

A  couple of close-ups of the wall.   The wall is a grid of three inch rectangular pots in  a frame.   This makes for a lush solid wall of colors and textures.  I've seen a much less grand version done with wood pallets - it's on my to-do after seeing this one.

Love the little succulents in the stone fireplace.

I just bought a weigela for $3.00 from a nursery store's Death Row - wonder how long it will take to turn into this beauty.

 Winter?   What winter?    Everything is green and blossoming and life is good.

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