Jonathan McElvery photo

In 1842, twenty-four individuals were inspired to create the Worcester County Horticulture Society (WCHS). Since then the Society, and eventually New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, has been committed to connecting people with plants. Fifty years ago, a similar pledge was formed by our larger community of the United States. That pledge was Earth Day. The history of both is a history of learning, growth, action, and hope. On this special Earth Day week we wanted to invite some members of the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill community to speak about that history. We begin with leaders from the WCHS. 

James Karadimos 
Board President

One hundred and seventy nine years ago, 24 philanthropists