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Tower Hill Botanic Garden To Launch Health and Wellness Series

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Tower Hill Botanic Gardens

Tower Hill Botanic Garden has announced a series of outdoor programs and events focusing on health and wellness during the months of May through August.

The series is in conjunction with Tower Hill’s 2014 health and wellness theme.

The events include outdoor yoga, guided garden tours, monthly mediation workshops, and native tree walks.

“This spring and summer we’re pleased to announce a wide range of outdoor programming that promotes health and wellness and enables visitors to more fully experience our beautiful gardens,” said Kathy Abbott, CEO of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  “Tower Hill Botanic Garden is the ideal spot for anyone wishing to get outside this summer, whether it’s for restorative yoga, tai chi, or a hike through our gorgeous woodland trails and gardens.”

Schedule of programs and events

Learn To Meditate: Monthly Summer Workshops, Saturdays, June 7, July 12, August 9 and September 13, 10:30-11:30am

Join Rebecca D’Onofrio for a monthly meditation workshop. Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your environment in the present moment. This workshop is also a great complement to the other workshops Rebecca has taught and is a great way to continue the practices already learned. Open to all levels.

Guided Garden Tour, Wednesdays, June 11-July 16th, 6:30-7:30 pm

Enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Tower Hill Botanic Garden, with seasonal highlights. Learn about the history of the Worcester County Horticultural Society that owns and operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and learn about the Garden's future goals. Free with admission.

Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday, June 14th and Sunday June 15th

Free admission for all dads on Father’s Day Weekend at Tower Botanic Garden. Fun for the entire family while exploring the beauty of the gardens.

Qigong Tai Chi, Six Wednesdays, June 18-July 30 (no class July 2), 9:30–10:45am

Over six weeks, we’ll explore these two time-honored practices that improve health, reduce stress and increase endurance and mobility.

Native Tree Walks, Thursday, June 19, & Saturday, June 28, 10–11am

Learn to identify native trees at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Free with admission.

Contemplation in Everyday Life, Sundays, July 13, 20 and 27, 10:30am-Noon

Join instructor Rebecca D’Onofrio for an exploration into meditation and contemplative practices that will help you get in touch in with the richness of your everyday life. Rebecca will teach the foundation practice of 'calmly abiding' and will build upon that with the contemplative themes of contentment, joy, and fearlessness as it applies to your everyday life. There will be instruction as well as group discussion and exercises. This series is open to all, no experience necessary.

Butterfly Walk, Saturday, July 19, 10am-Noon

Tower Hill's gardens and meadows provide bountiful food and shelter for a variety of butterflies in both their adult and larval forms.  Join expert guides from the Massachusetts Butterfly Club to learn more about these beautiful insects and how you can attract them to your own gardens. Perhaps you'll see a Red-spotted Admiral or a Silver-spotted Skipper, among the many butterflies large and small that make their home at Tower Hill.  Please bring close focus binoculars if you have them. Included with admission

Vegetable Garden Tours, Wednesdays: July 23, August 20 and September 17, 5-6pm; Saturday, August 9, 10-11am

Join staff horticulturist Dawn Davies for a tour of the vegetable garden at Tower Hill. This year’s theme is “Vegging Out”, highlighting our sustainable garden techniques; nutritional benefits of the produce harvested; physical, mental, and emotional benefits gained from working in the garden; and the positive environmental impacts you can make in your own back yard.  Included with admission.

Restorative Yoga - Take it Home, Sunday, August 24, 9am-12pm

If you are often On The Go and wish to start incorporating easy ways to slow yourself down within your daily routine, then this workshop is for you!  It has been said, tension is who we think we are and relaxation is who we really are...so let's begin the process of letting go of tension together!  Learn simple ways to unwind through breath and supported yoga postures.  All you need is your mat.  Blankets and props will be provided.

Caterpillar Finding and Tracking Walk, Sunday, August 24, 1-4pm

It is the height of the New England caterpillar season and Tower Hill Botanic Garden has many great habitats and plants to search for these little known and often bizarre creatures.   Join naturalist and caterpillar expert Sam Jaffe, director of The Caterpillar Lab, and go on a caterpillar safari on a Sunday afternoon. Consider this walk if you want to expand your view and understanding of our local ecosystems, if you want to learn more about the amazing diversity our region’s native plants support, or if you have just been desperate to see some new and unexpected things close to home.   

Moth Night, Wednesday, August 27, 8-10pm

Enjoy an evening learning about and observing moths and other night flying insects with naturalists Dave Small and Sue Cloutier. They will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for these amazing animals, beginning indoors with an introduction to moths, followed by an evening of looking at moth attracting lights and baited trees. Bring your camera and flashlight. For all ages (children must be accompanied by adult) Included with admission.

Yoga by Nature, Wednesdays, 6-7:15pm and Fridays, 9-10:15am

Yoga by Nature is about opening up to your body on a deeper level.  Every class is guided to fit individual needs; all levels welcome.  Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about cultivating breath awareness, mindfulness, and feel how all of the elements of nature exist in you as well.  During the nice weather, we will be practicing on the lawn outside, surrounded by the beautiful gardens at Tower Hill. 

Tails ‘n Trails, Saturday and Sundays, 9-11 am, and Tuesdays 3-5 pm.

Calling all pet lovers! Hike with your dog on Tower Hill’s beautiful woodland trails during Tails ‘Trails. Walk a beautiful 1-mile loop past the Wildlife Refuge Pond and Inner Park that features hundreds of species of trees and plants and a variety of birds. Perfect for all pet and garden lovers.

For more information on all of Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s events and programs, please visit www.towerhillbg.org.


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