Plants, mankind’s greatest enemy, are finally on the ropes thanks to global warming. Teach your children how to hunt the last of these enormous nitrogen junkies by observing them in captivity with today's Groupon, which gets you admission to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located in Boylston. Choose between two options:
- For $35, you get a one-year family membership (a $70 value).
- For $5, you get one adult admission (a $10 value).
Operated by the historic Worcester County Horticultural Society, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers 132 acres of lush gardens featuring Cary Award–winning plants and forest trails to roll around in and cartwheel about. Bird- and butterfly-buffs can track the be-winged creatures' movements from the Wildlife Garden's human-sized bird-viewing station, identifying species from the checklist. The gazebo overlooking the Wildlife Refuge Pond doubles as a platform to observe the marshy surroundings and a station for nature-lovers to ponder the beauty of local fauna and whether or not they turned off their Large Hadron Collider when they left the house.
An 18th-century-style greenhouse called the Orangerie holds a variety of citrus trees, including dancy tangerines and persian limes, which provide a warm oasis throughout frosty winter months. Those seeking a decidedly less tropical experience can cross-country ski and snowshoe along marked woodland trails, or behold the panoramic view of Mount Wachusett to the west.
Families opting to bind themselves to the garden through the ties of membership are granted unlimited access to the garden for two adults and all associated children under 19. Other benefits of membership include advance notice for all special events; discounts at the garden's store The Shop at Tower Hill; and reciprocal privileges at more than 100 gardens, arboreta, and overgrown plant-controlled cities nationwide.
- This is one of my fave places to spend the day. The gardens are gorgeous and the veg garden this time of year is amazing. – Jodi D., Yelp, 8/29/10
- I visited the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in November 2006. What a treat! Located on 132 acres, the outside grounds contain over 350 labeled shrubs and trees. – sedum37, TripAdvisor
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
In Boylston, 132 acres rest untouched by modern society, where warm breezes send flower petals dancing and sidewalks give way to winding trails. Tower Hill Botanic Garden envelops visitors in fields of green grass, tall trees, and colorful flowers across both outdoor areas and indoor garden spaces. Staff members educate guests on the gardens’ various flora and fauna in classes and programs calibrated for students of every age. Special events, such as the Annual Lily Show, shine the spotlight on even more species of flowers, much like the wildflower-identification portion of standard driving tests.