My in-laws recently took me to the TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDENS and it was so beautiful from observing and taking notes on all the plants in the greenhouses to seeing WILD RUMPUS by Patrick Dougherty – I love going to gardens but didn’t this amazing work was at this garden – I had seen in on instagram and when we arrived I saw a sign and was like wait a second… so it was amazing beautiful grounds/ amazing plants / garden education and then this bonus work of art. A bit about Tower Hill.
And bonus check this out I love Tower Hill even more : TAILS ‘N TRAILS DOG MEMBERSHIP
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that dogs are welcome with their owners during the hours that the garden is open to the public starting September 1st until November 22nd, 2017. The expanded hours are part of a pilot program gauging interest in dog walking among visitors. Dog walking is permitted in designated areas only. No dogs are allowed to remain alone in parked cars at any time. Only one dog per person per visit is permitted. Please call 508.869.6111 with any questions.
Any current member may purchase a Tails ‘n Trails Dog Membership for $25 for their first dog and $10 for each additional dog (up to a maximum of three dogs). Tails ‘n Trails canine members are admitted FREE to the Garden. Non-member dogs are charged a $7 admission.
The Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States, is a non-profit educational organization formed for the purpose of advancing the science and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture. Tower Hill’s history began in the fall of 1840. The continued success of the Society created a demand for a building to house offices, a library and exhibitions. In 1851, the Society’s first headquarters was built in downtown Worcester and weekly summer shows highlighted the produce and gardens of this thriving agricultural community. The crops were so robust and varied that in 1855 one exhibitor alone showed more than 200 varieties of pears! The Society continued to grow and expand by 1867, the annual exhibition had grown so large that it had to be moved. By 1928, the Society had outgrown its Front Street property, so land was purchased to build a new headquarters, Horticultural Hall, at 30 Elm Street in Worcester. During the 1940s, as agriculture shifted and the large 19th and early 20th century country estate gardeners that had supported exhibitions dwindled, and exhibitions themselves decreased. In 1983 the Society turned its sights toward cultivating gardens. In 1986, the Society set its focus on creating a botanic garden at Tower Hill Farm in Boylston. The Society set to work with Environmental Planning and Design of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to produce a 50-year Master Plan for the garden, which would guide its development in the years to come. Today, Tower Hill Botanic Garden features a year-round display of the finest plants for cultivation in New England. Carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that enhance the natural features of this beautiful 132-acre property and a robust program and event schedule make Tower Hill a year-round destination.
Oh by the way they had all their holiday decorations up I loved this igloo made from old water bottles :
A bit about the surprise – stickwork installation :
oh and look at my little fuzzy friend I found that my father in law saved and put back into the garden he was on these rocks and we were worried about him
THE WILD RUMPUS: A STICKWORK SCULPTURE BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY
Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves, and flexes locally sourced saplings into architectural sculptures which are unique to the setting and dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has built more than 250 of these works. His award winning sculptures have been seen worldwide — from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States. “Here at Tower Hill we strive to show our visitors the value of plants and the impact nature can have on our lives,” said Tower Hill interim CEO Suzanne Maas. “We’re thrilled to experience Patrick Dougherty’s works up close and to see the power of plants through his unique perspective.” Learn more about his installations at Tower Hill.
ABOUT PATRICK DOUGHERTY
Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Dougherty uses rudimentary building techniques to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. His first work, titled “Maple Body Wrap,” was included in the 1982 North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show titled “Waitin’ It Out in Maple” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works, which required saplings by the truckloads.
His sculpture has been seen worldwide and he has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Dougherty and his work in 2009. For more information on Dougherty, visit www.stickwork.net.
The making of the WILD RUMPUS :