Artist rendering of The Ramble. The actual garden may look different upon completion.

We are very excited to share that you’ll be noticing some improvements, additions, and original exhibits at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill in 2020, including a new entry experience and an inspirational garden for children and the young at heart.

As our members and longtime supporters may have noticed in recent years, more people are visiting New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill than ever before. We are thrilled to be helping connect more than 160,000 visitors to plants and nature each year. With attendance roughly doubling in the last seven years, it’s important that New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill responds to ensure an excellent guest experience and to place our nonprofit museum in a position to continue thriving for generations to come.

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill has come a long way in just 34 years. In 1986, the Worcester County Horticultural Society made the bold decision to move from their Horticultural Hall in downtown Worcester to a former dairy farm in bucolic Boylston, Massachusetts. Since opening our doors, more than 1 million people have visited New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill. We’re humbled and grateful to play such an important role in so many lives. But we’ve got to keep looking forward at how we can become even better at what we do.

Artist rendering of the renovated lobby. The completed project may look different than what is sketched in this draft.

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill employees have been working behind the scenes to prepare for 2020’s construction projects. The first change visitors will notice later this winter is the renovation of our lobby where our Information Desk is located. That project is designed to improve the guest experience with a new Information Desk, sound absorbing elements, and informational screens. That work is underway this January while we’re closed to the public and will be completed and open to visitors in February.

Frequent guests might be aware that sometimes New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill’s parking lots fill up. To ease the space crunch and entry experience, we’ll be constructing more spaces, adding more plants, and installing important water run off capability. The parking lots will be under various stages of construction from spring through summer, and though we’re expecting some growing pains during this period, we know with patience, f