Monday, July 26, 2010

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA

My camera arrived home safely on Friday so the trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA was on!   (thank you Canon Repair - although I was never able to track the status of my repair and I ragged on you for using the phone # for Directory Assistance as your Customer Service #, once they actually retrieved my camera from The Receiving Department Black Hole, they repaired it super quick and at no charge and shipped it back Fed Ex 2-day Delivery)

We got there early before it got too hot and the weather was beautiful - around 80 and sunny with a nice breeze.  There was only a handful of people there, so it felt like we had the entire place to ourselves.

The grounds are beautiful. I never gave a lot of thought to incorporating statues and things like that in our yard but after seeing so many things at the botanic garden, I have definitely changed my mind. 

Here is the entrance from the parking lot. I would like one of these in my yard:

Entrance to the Visitors Center, restaurant, Orangerie and entrance to garden paths.  There were containers of flowers everywhere:

Double pergolas. I definitely want these in my yard:

Hey, it's Hubby!  I asked if he would build me a pergola like this.  He said probably not.  It doesn't hurt to ask, right?

I loved the name of these daylilies "Cherry Cheeks":

From the Double Pergolas there were steps down to The Secret Garden.  This was my favorite place:

Last picture of The Secret Garden.  The sitting area below looked out over their Apple Orchard:

A pretty butterfly that stopped to visit:

There were brick walkways and gravel paths all over - so pretty.  Hydrangea PeeGee.  I had seen pics of these on some blogs recently so had to take a pic:

I don't remember who this guy was but I liked him:

There were benches, chairs and areas to sit and enjoy everywhere :

The Orangerie.  It's filled with plants from September through April so even during the dreaded winter season, you can still escape to summer weather here.  They are in the process of building a Winter Garden area in front of it:

Pictures from the Systematic Garden are next.   I have no idea what my gardening style is because I love the cottage garden look, but then I see a formal garden like this and love it just as much.

Cool fountain - we stood in the mist for a minute to cool off, then noticed that the mist was creating a rainbow in the pool (I would also like one of these in my yard):

This is from the Systematic Garden, looking back at the Orangerie:

From here, the remainder of the paths wound through the woods with many places to stop along the way but basically no more flowers until you got back to the beginning areas.

I definitely want one of these fountains in my yard.  (this wish list is getting extravagant and at this point, I will need a mansion to go with all of these things, so Magic Blogger Genie better get on the stick and start granting some wishes):

The perfect place to bring your picnic - this little hidden area overlooks Wachusett Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain.  Very pretty and peaceful:

More areas on the wooded trail:

They have a bird viewing area in the woods with several birdfeeders outside.  We caught a picture of this guy:

Pan statue in the woods:

This is the Moss Stair area.  It definitely had a far-east kind of feel to it:

Next to the Moss Steps were these flowers.  There were no markers so I have no clue what they were, but they were very cool:

Another butterfly or two:

After looping through the woods, we came back to the beginning.  This is The Farmhouse, where the offices are, with the vegetable / cottage gardens.  They overlook the Double Pergola area:

This was the prettiest non-flowering plant I have ever seen - Persian Shield.  I had never heard of it before, but fell in love with it:

That concludes the tour for today.  Thanks for coming along


RainGardener said...

What a beautiful place and your pictures are fantastic! Love the pond picture with the rainbow. Gorgeous picture.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Wow! That is so beautiful! I love the double pergolas and stairs, but that wooded garden is beautiful, too!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Great photos Tracy! Your camera was obviously fixed, and I did buy a smaller canon over the weekend so I could bring it out and about easily. Wow, there are so many to choose from. I do have the daylily Cherry Cheeks and it is strong and beautiful.


charsnyder71 said...

Wow, your pictures of the garden are absolutely beautiful!

Bub said...

So pleased you got your camera back from the depths of The Black Hole - the pictures you've taken are stunning.

And how nice to go somewhere that's not heaving with people.

Ask Hubby for a little pergola. Then during the planning stages ask him to make it just a little bigger. When he's planned it a little bigger, ask for it just a smidge bigger and so on, until it's the size you really want.

Tracy said...

Thanks everyone, it was a great visit and long overdue.

Hello Bub! Hahah great suggestion! Hubby isn't unreasonable, there's just a slight problem. Sssshhhh - I'm more mechanically inclined than he is. So, if I want that pergola, I either need to take a carpentry class or save enough money to pay someone to build it for me.

Cheryl said...

Hey Tracy, love your pictures of THBG, I volunteer there in the gardens occasionally but mostly at the reception desk. When was your trip? Wonder if I was there. Your beautiful mystery flower is anemonopsis macrophylla, or false anemone, a gorgeous but rarely seen in cultivation woodland perennial(which means it is not coming to live at my houses lol!) All the stuff in the gardens is so awesome there I threaten to load my trunk every time I am would take a big trunk to get those pergolas though...what do you drive????

Tracy said...

Hey Cheryl - I think if I volunteered there I would have a hard time leaving :) And, I would get fired for stealing plants for sure (can you get fired from being a volunteer?) I actually want to go back by myself so I can wander around slowly. We were there on Sunday morning and did go into the visitor center to grab a garden map and use the restrooms. Were you there then? Thanks for the info on the mystery flower! Wish I could grow it in my yard. I drive a Hyundai Azera - a lot of trunk space, but I'm pretty sure it's not quite large enough for the pergolas. There's always the roof! I'm sure nobody would notice those things speeding down Route 2, right? ;^)

Jean said...

What a lovely tour. I've heard about Tower Hill and have wanted to go there for some time. Then when looking at all your photos, I realized I've been there before - what a shock! I didn't see half of what you saw because I was with my somewhat elderly mother, but now I know. I'd still like to go back. :-)