Episode 161: A Discipline Journey to the New England Botanic Backyard at Tower Hill


There’s nothing nicer than being exterior on a gorgeous late spring day, particularly if it means you get a complete day away out of your desk. Danielle, Carol, and digital editor Christine Alexander lately performed hooky from their editorial duties and went on a horticultural journey at considered one of New England’s nice public gardens. Positioned in Boylston, Massachusetts, Tower Hill is crammed with enjoyable locations to discover, together with formal gardens, woodland trails lined with native plantings, and two conservatories. After exploring the grounds and chatting about a few of the nice vegetation they got here throughout, Danielle and Carol sat down for a chat with Tower Hill’s director of horticulture, Mark Richardson. We hope this episode evokes you to get out and revel in a discipline journey to a public backyard close to you! 



Ashes Magnolia foliage

Ashe’s magnolia (Magnolia asheii, Zones 6-9) 

ohio buckeye

Purple buckeye (Aesculus pavia, Zones 4-8) 

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia, Zones 3-8)  Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata, Zones 3-8) 
Alpine columbine
Alpine columbine (Aquilegia alpina, Zones 3-8) 

Alpine columbine (or a look-alike cultivar) in Carol’s house backyard 


The Belvidere overlook, with a view of Wachusett Reservoir 

‘Witches Broom’ ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba ‘Witches Broom’, Zones 3-9)  and close-up of foliage.

carex pennsylvanica

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica, Zones 3-8) 

Cherelle nasturtium 

‘Cherelle’ nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus, annual) 

‘Carol Mackie’ daphne (Daphne x burkwoodii, Zones 5-8) 

Floating row cowl protects the foliage of tropical container vegetation from solar scald when they’re first moved open air in late spring. 

‘Narcissiflorum’ deciduous azalea (Rhododendron ‘Narcissiflorum’, Zones 5-8) 

Chinese nellia

Chinese language neillia (Neillia sinensis, Zones 5-7) 

Scitilation rhododendron

‘Scintillation’ rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’, Zones 5-8) 

ghost fern

‘Ghost’ painted fern (Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Zones 4-8) 


Golden groundsel (Packera obovata, Zones 3-8)