The Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a site of over 100 acres with several points of interest. There is a huge educational center where special programs take place or you can view an introductory video; Wildlife gardens, Harrington Orchard featuring the Davenport Collection of 119 heirloom apple varieties arranged according to ripening times of the apple; an 18th century Orangerie or cool greenhouse, featuring winter blooming plants from Oct. - May; and a wonderful old farmhouse which houses administrative offices and overlooks sprawling lawns and plantings. Well designed stone walkways flanked with numerous botanical delights surround the house and approach to the main buildings. You could hike, lunch, study, spend the day.
There is also a shop with various garden gifts, tools, and ornaments.
P,S. birdlovers don't miss the pic of the friendly morning dove
The visitors center has a pleasant room for lunch and a long passageway overlooking the Orangerie which is bright and open.... a wonderful photography exhibit was displayed in this very pleasant space.
Vistas around the building were beautifully designed.
Some of the specimens were fabulous. Susan was particularly taken with the Passion Flower. Even their geraniums looked pretty special. Of course as Susan pointed out... they have lots of cute guys running around pruning and clipping all day, so it's easier for them to have fabulous gardens compared to those of us who struggle with our time to get out among our plants and flowers. :-)
The house on the farm dates to 1730, the owners are a gracious couple who retired to the farm from their home in Rhode Island. They're knowledgeable, helpful, and very generous with their time. They walked us through the fields and helped us make our decisions....explaining the habits and bloom times of all the various lillies in the rows and rows of color. We learned some extra gardening tips along the way... such as he cuts his butterfly bush to about a foot tall on the best day in February. Most of us would cut it in the fall.
There is a little shed which is used as mini store and check out counter. Lillies are catalogued so that everything is orderly and well researched for height, color, and other details.
We discovered some perennials which were on sale at the end of the season and happy to bring those home as well. Hostas and herbs are also available at the farm.
We did a bit of touring and enjoyed a fabulous lunch served in their visitors center dining room. Spinach and cheddar quiche was served with choice of carrott salad (Susan's choice) or fruit salad (my choice). We couldn't resist delicious apple crisp desert done so lightly and sparked with cinnamon and clove... lemon twist. mmmmm