winter garden

It has been a year like no other before for the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill family and everyone around the world.

In late winter of 2020, we were finishing up our fiscal year by celebrating the busiest year in the Garden’s history. Our successful Orchid Street Art Show was winding down. The earliest spring flowers were emerging. And we were weeks away from breaking ground on an exciting new garden space. We were ready for a banner year.

But the world was changing quickly. We canceled all programs on March 11, 2020, and closed to visitors completely a few days later. Like so many others, we were unsure how long we would remain closed, but hoped it might just be a few weeks.

As the days and weeks passed, and everyone learned more from public health experts, we realized we were amid our longest closure in our 34 year history. But, much like a zoo, ours is a living museum, with plants to care for 365 days a year; our horticulture staff braved uncharted territory by tending to our priceless collection throughout the pandemic.

Our iconic daffodil field, with more than 25,000 flowers, is one of the most inspirational spring sights in New England. We quickly determined we couldn’t let these joyful blooms go unseen. To show our appreciation for their courageous efforts and bring some happiness to their days, we connected with Worcester hospitals and delivered hundreds of cut daffodils to front line employees to display in their work areas.