Thursday Doors

Yesterday, I traveled with fellow Master Gardeners to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.Β It rained the entire time, but it couldn’t damper the beauty of this lovely garden.

Tower’s Hill’s history is intertwined with the Worcester County Horticultural Society and dates back to 1840. The year-round garden covers 171 acres and sponsors plant and flower shows, classes, tours, and even a Master Gardener Training Course.

There were original farmhouse doors, openings leading to a striking purple and green gazebo, a handsome stickwork creation, and beautiful conservatories.

It was also quite a thrill to see another of Patrick Dougherty’s stickwork creations. The Wild Rumpus is 50’x30’x30′ and was created in August 2016 using red maple saplings.

There are two conservatories that are currently overflowing with an array of beautiful flowers. Once the weather warms up, these plants are moved outside so special events including weddings can be held in these beautiful buildings.

Outside, there are a variety of spring flowers that catch your attention including this lovely assortment of Hellebores.

If you are in the area, I’d highly recommend a stop at Tower Hill Botanic Garden which is 45 minutes west of Boston.

Beautiful grounds, lovely flowers, great gift shop, and even a delicious lunch = perfect destination.

Like doors? Visit our fearless leader, Norm Frampton, to see this week’s collection of Thursday Doors, April 26, 2018.


About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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48 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. nutsfortreasure says:

    Such a perfect sounding day! I am busy watching my garden grow and working on so many changes not far from you πŸ™‚

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  2. germac4 says:

    So glad the rain didn’t spoil the day, the whole outing looked great. Imagine all the plants you could grow in a conservatory that big! I love Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork creations, I remember you mentioning them in a previous post.

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    • Those two conservatories were beautiful, and they even had fruit trees with a little spanish moss dripping off a couple. πŸ™‚ Yes, the other ladies weren’t sure about my excitement over the stickwork. It was off to the side at the entrance to the woods, and it was quite wet getting over to it. But, once I was over there they followed to see what was capturing my attention. πŸ™‚

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Wow! Everything is gorgeous. Love the two turtle fountains!! Vibrant colors of flowers is so good to see. The stickwook is intriguing. Doors, buildings and even the stone/brick chimney, wonderful!!

    Rain couldn’t dampen the beauty of these grounds. Glad you got to go. More glad that you shared it with us.
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    I’m glad you had a good time. Great doors, but my favorite photo today is the large one on the left in the group of Hellebores (thanks for telling me what they were…no clue). It has a sad look, with the little water drops. Great photo, Judy!

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    I will check this place out the next time I go to Boston. Up here today the last patches of snow are being washed off the lawn by a warm spring rain. I think that we’ve finally turned the corner πŸ™‚

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  6. Rupali says:

    Such beautiful place.


  7. What fun, Judy! Thanks for the photos of the beautiful flowers, too. The sun’s out here today and it’s supposed to get into the 60’s, perfect spring weather. Happy Wednesday.

    Quick question. I have now-dead tulips and amaryllis. Should I take the bulbs and store them somewhere until fall, plant them now, or ??? Thanks for help. πŸ™‚


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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Perfect destination is right. If I lived closer…

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  9. Gorgeous pictures, Judy. I am too far away to visit, so thanks for sharing the sights with us!

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  10. joey says:

    I’m so glad you shared your trip to the gardens. Love hellabores. There’s a blogger I read who plants a ton of them and since I’ve been reading her, at least two years now, I keep saying I need to plant hellabores, but I still haven’t. Love that white ranunculus too. I zoomed in on the art, and that really is somethin!

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  11. I envy your rain! Lovely flowers… we can’t grow hellebores here but I’ve always admired their beauty. On the other hand, bougainvilleas are ubiquitous.

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  12. jesh stg says:

    Love what they shaped on the second row left – it reminds me of Henri Moore’s modern statues. And the purple flower (blanking out on the name) very common here in California – often used as hedges, but have never seen in bluish-lavender! Beautiful color!The red Hellebores are my fave! Lovely post, Judy:)

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  13. All those tropical flowers in the greenhouse look wonderful. The hellebores are pretty. Between you, Jo and Jude I am filled with inspiration to smarten up my garden in time for spring. I must go and investigate at the garden centre this weekend.

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  14. Doors, flowers, and lunch…that’s my kind of day! The Hellebores are gorgeous!

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  15. Beautiful doors and flowers. I love lenten roses, and you’ve gotten up close to them for great shots!

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  16. It’s about an hour from here, but it sounds like a worthwhile destination.

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  17. Oddment says:

    Thank you for this tour! It must have been a lovely day. I like everything but I seriously covet the house in the first photos. What a splendid face to the world, especially with that red door — it’s very New England, isn’t it? And is that a sandwich I see? What a work of art! I think I can see why rain couldn’t have ruined the day.

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  18. KerryCan says:

    Oh, this must’ve made your heart sing!

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  19. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of beautiful flowers… that just happen to be near doors! I enjoyed your tour. Thank you.

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  20. Joyce says:

    I’m delighted to see the stickwork! So glad you introduced me to Patrick! I’d love to walk in and around The Wild Rumpus! (cute name! reminds me of “Where the Wild Things Are!”)
    Beautiful flowers….each one with personality and detail and color unlike any other!

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  21. What a fabulous place, Judy. Your floral photographs are beautiful.

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  22. debrapugh says:

    I don’t think that i’ve seen a Hellebore before. Beautiful!

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  23. Tina Schell says:

    We used to have a home in Litchfield CT Judy – it’s such a beautiful little town. I hadn’t heard of this garden, which looks lovely. But I’m so surprised there are flowers growing outdoors already – I thought the New England winter would put them off for another month! Beautifully captured, glad you enjoyed the day!

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  24. pbmgarden says:

    Looks like a great place to visit despite the rain. Patrick Dougherty is from NC and completed a piece on campus here last summer. Just noticed it yesterday–holding up pretty well.

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  25. Annie says:

    I’m definitely going! I had no idea it was so beautiful. A couple of summers ago, they asked to use one of my photos and I answered ‘sure,’ not knowing anything about their gardens.

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  26. Those hellebores!! Envy!

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  27. The time has come, the walrud said, to talk of many things, of lovely doors and Hellebores, of carpenters and kings.

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