Our organization's name is sometimes confusing as Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Worcester County Horticultural Society (WCHS) are often used interchangeably. One easy way to think about the two names is that the WCHS changed addresses in 1986 with the move to Boylston, and since then has done business as Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
Transactions of the Worcester County Horticultural Society are annual reports dating back to the organization of the Society in 1840, But 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; Transactions from 2007-2011 are available in the Tower Hill Library.
Many contributed to the creation of this guide: Rose Koven helped with the early organization; Rebecca Bernardos with processing and researching several important collections; Bill Whelan with scanning newsletters; Brenda Morris and Merry Morgan Hill with portraits research for the Plantsmen exhibit, Roberta Pospisil and Karn Case with the seed catalog collection.Thanks to one and all! Kathy Bell