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Learn about new resources, exhibits and programs in the library.
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New Books in the Library: September-October 2017

Here are titles we've recently added:

Botanicum by K.J. Willis (2017). Part of the 'Welcome to the Museum' series with dozens of full color, fully documented plants from around the world. It's fun to just wander through the oversized pages.

Cultivating Gentlemen: the Meaning of Country Life among the Boston Elite, 1785-1860 by Tamara P. Thornton (1989). A fascinating study of agriculture and horticulture in Boston, and the early days of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Gardens of the High Line by Piet Oudolf (2017). The amazing transformation of an abandoned railroad bed to a dynamic garden and walkway in N.Y.C.

Planting Design for Dry Gardens: beautiful resilient groundcovers for terraces, paved areas, gravel and other alternatives to the lawn by Olivia Flippi (2016). Winner of the Excellance in Gardening Award of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries in 2017.

And New for Children:

The Flower Man, a wordless picture book by Mark Ludy (2016)

Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny (2017)

A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek (2017)

Interested to borrow any of these titles?  We make it easy...members may borrow materials for one month at a time and you can stop by or contact us by phone (508-869-6111 x116) or email (  


Coming up this Fall

Mark your calendars now for these great fall library programs:

Educator Open House, Wednesday, September 13th, 4 to 8 pm; Please register here.

Tower Hill  is usually open Wednesday nights June through September, but on Sept. 13th our focus will be on teachers. Please help us spread the word that our Educator Open House is all about letting K-12 school staff know about the resources and programs Tower Hill offers to provide an indoor & outdoor learning environment year around.

A Visit to the Frederic Paine House and Grounds, Sunday, October 22nd, 2 pm; Please register here.

WCHS Founder Frederic W. Paine (1788-1869) lived on the family’s Lincoln St. estate in Worcester. Visit the house and remaining land and learn about their legendary gardens. Sponsored by Lost Gardens of Worcester County and the Timothy Paine House Museum.  Free; suggested donation at door of $10 towards the Museum

[Please note: this event takes place at 140 Lincoln Street in Worcester, not at Tower Hill.]

Pears Exhibit Talk, Saturday, November 4th, 11 am; Please register here.

The Library's new exhibit on the WCHS's interest in Pears opens in October, and we're very pleased that sculptor Laura Baring-Gould will join us for a talk. Her much acclaimed Clapp's Favorite Pear sculpture (shown above) has become an iconic part of Dorcester, MA. She'll review the horticultural legacy of that work along with her bronze fountain and screens in Tower Hill's Garden Within Reach

Statuary in the Gardens tour, Sunday, November 12th, 1-2 pm. Please register here.

Head out into the gardens with librarian Kathy Bell to learn more about the statuary both apparent and 'hidden in plain sight'.


Summer Raffle Winners

Congratulations to Tower Hill members Jim Targove and the Restell Family for winning a prize in our summer circulation raffle. Members borrowed over 300  books throughout June, July and August and we were especially pleased to see so many families taking out stacks of our great children's books.

Are you a member? Borrowing books and dvds is just one of many great benefits your membership provides.


America's Community of Gardens

The Smithsonian Institution's Community of Gardens website is part of a new initiative to share what gardens are really all about: people and their stories. Explore the interactive site, read about gardens belonging to people from all walks of life and all across the country, and document your own garden, its history and what it means to you and your family. You can also add photographs and they're adding an oral history component.

And while you're visiting the Smithsonian website, also check out their other important garden project, the Archives of American Gardens. Their focus is to create a photographic collection to document significant American gardens and landscapes.To date they've added over 7500 American (and some international) gardens.


Tower Hill Library Basics

Our beautiful library is open Tu, Th and Sat from 10 to 4 year around on the lower level of the Stoddard Building. Please check the library website for general information about our programs and services or call (508-869-6111 x116) or email ( with your questions or requests.

All are welcome and you'll find the library is an inviting place to visit before or after spending time in the gardens. We have comfortable chairs to sit and catch up with a wide variety of gardening journals and an extensive collection of garden literature for all ages and abilities.  Our children's section offers books, puzzles, games, a couch to sit and read a story and a 'please touch' interactive table with natural items to study more closely.  We always have interesting exhibits featuring materials from our archives, and we're a great place to learn more about the history of the Worcester County Horticultural Society which dates back to the 1840's.

Tower Hill members may borrow books and videos and we loan binoculars and guidebooks.  How may we help you?


Library Exhibits

On display through September: 
Agriculture, Horticulture and Mechanics: Three Organizations, Three Anniversaries 
Looking Back: The WCHS Spring Exhibition 
Beginning in October:
Fruit was a major interest of early members of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, especially pears. See the books they wrote about pears, the cultivars they exhibited, and beautiful images from our rare books and journals. 
Pears by Ebenezer Emmons (1799-1863)
Prizes awarded / Prizes received 
The Worcester County Horticultural Society has both bestowed and accepted a wide variety of awards in its 175 year history. See some of those we regard most highly.
The Tower Hill Quilt  
Stop by and see our beloved quilt made by former volunteer Gigi Casella, and sign a book telling Gigi, now in her 90s, what it means to you.

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