On this page you can find digitized historic resources pertaining to New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill and Worcester County Horticultural Society. New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is a nonprofit organization located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Massachusetts. We are operated on 171 acres by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, and are open to the public for garden viewing, trail walking, activities, private events, classes, weddings, exhibitions, and more. To learn more visit our website.
Transactions of the Worcester County Horticultural Society are annual reports dating back to the organization of the Society in 1840, however, they go well beyond what one normally finds in an annual report. The volumes provide a unique record of the horticultural history of the county, who was involved, what was being grown and exhibited in popular, well-attended exhibitions, and how the Society was growing and changing with the county. Digitized version are also available in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Several historic exhibits have been preserved to share resources and interpretations that illustrate our history and collections.
Lost Gardens of Worcester County was a research project on the history of community gardens and other community-based gardening projects in Worcester. The aim of this project was to connect with local communities to the history of the landscape. The project focused on estate and other well-designed or well-known gardens of central Massachusetts, this project collected information on a wide range of gardens and their people. Below is the research that was collected as part of this effort.
Below are some of project resources: