Tower Hill Botanic Garden closed for maintenance in January

Posted on: January 4, 2019, by :

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BOYLSTON – Though Tower Hill Botanic Garden is closed to the public for maintenance in January, members can visit a handful of area museums free of charge.

Tower Hill is closed this month to complete tasks on its maintenance list, according to Robert Burgess, public relations manager, including expanding staff work areas, improving acoustics in indoor spaces and reorganizing the library, as well as facility department repairs and inventory work in the garden shop.

All month, Tower Hill members can go to the following museums free: the Ecotarium, Worcester Historical Museum, DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Old Sturbridge Village and the Museum of Russian Icons. Card-holding members of Tower Hill Botanic Tower Hill will reciprocate by inviting members of those museums to visit the Boylston garden in March.

In addition, Tower Hill members will receive free admission to the Worcester Art Museum during its regular hours in January, Mr. Burgess said, except during WAM’s special “Flora in Winter” exhibition Jan. 24 through 27.

Other member benefits apply during the month of January while Tower Hill is closed, including discounts at more than 30 nurseries and gardening businesses and reciprocal admission privileges to more than 300 gardens across North America. The horticultural help line will operate in January.

During January, groups of adults can also take advantage of programs by request which provides a Tower Hill staff member to visit their community for a fee to teach about plants.

There are interesting and fun programs to look forward to when Tower Hill reopens Feb. 1, Mr. Burgess said, including “Healers & Killers: Plants from the Apothecary Garden,” which runs Feb. 1 to March 3. The program highlights medicinal plants on display in Tower Hill’s subtropical conservatories.

During February school vacation, Tower Hill will offer “Seeds of Sorcery,” a lineup of drop-in activities, crafts, classes and other programs.

“Tower Hill staff look forward to reopening on Feb. 1 to welcome everyone who needs a blast of color, scent and warmth to shake off the winter doldrums,” Mr. Burgess said.