My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts

  Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505-0598
Phone: 508-869-6111 | Web:

Camilla bushes bloom in February. Nice color to add to winter.
Nice display of spring flowers, indoors on a cold day.

The Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Orangerie opened to the public on January 31, 1999 and is a hybrid of an 18th-century orangerie and a modern conservatory. The glass roof on the Orangerie admits a great deal of light, allowing non-hardy plants to be grown in the winter. 

The Limonaia, or Lemon House, opened in 2010. The cathedral-like interior reflects the architecture of a traditional lemon house, with a windowed south wall for optimal winter light, augmented with overhead glazing to admit more light.

Since the garden is open year-round, you can visit almost anytime. The two enclosed conservatories (in the same building) are filled with blooming plants and fruits like sweet smelling oranges, lemons and limes. And, often you'll seCamellias in bloom in winter. We were members for about eight years. Now we visit just to see special exhibits.
The annual daffodils keep multiplying to present their show.

Lots of places to walk with nice views.

Fall crocuses above.

Lots of woods with trails.

Christmas at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For many years, the building would be beautifully decorated inside by many of the garden clubs in the area. There was always a theme. About two years ago, they decided to decorate outside and have a light display at night. This photo from a few years ago shows the main hall, it extends to the outside.

View of Wachusett Reservoir and mountain of the same name.

 This flyer is quite old, so I imagine some things have changed.

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