A Day Out--Tower Hill Botanic Gardens


Last week my husband and I took a day off from real life and went to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Boylston, Massachusetts. It is 171 acres of gardens, paths, woods, and benches. There is plenty to fill a few hours on a sunny afternoon in mid-June. We had perfect weather, it was dry and comfortable without ever being too warm. This is vital in ensuring that I do not get grumpy about being outside. Humidity and I do not get along.



The gardens have a gorgeous view over Wachusett Reservoir. I could have happily sat and looked at this view for ages but it was our first stop during our walk through the gardens so we didn't linger long.



The gardens had a fair number of people visiting but were by no means crowded. It was mainly an older crowd--our kids kindly told us that we must have fit right in--and many of them stayed close to the visitor's center with the cafe. Once we had walked just a small distance away it felt like we had the place to ourselves.






It was a very nice day. The gardens are a bit smaller than we had originally thought and they did not have a ton of walking trails but they were pretty and peaceful and we enjoyed the respite from everyday life. My husband and I are trying to make sure that we buy out the time to spend together. Sometimes we concentrate so much on making sure we spend enough time together as a family that we neglect to do things as a couple. This day was an attempt to redress the balance. Obviously, we live wild and crazy lives since visiting a garden is what we chose to do when we could do whatever we wanted.





It was a lovely day in a lovely setting. We should do things like this more often. I'm already planning our next excursion. I think it might involve a visit to a bookstore and some ice cream.

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  1. It does look like the perfect day out as far as I'm concerned anyway. Thanks for sharing it via your beautiful photos. I rarely use Pinterest but I think I'll be pinning some of your photos, when I can get around to it!

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    1. It really was lovely. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I'm already planning another excursion before the summer gets away from us.

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  2. Beautiful pictures! It really does look like a wonderful day. Looks like the kind of thing my husband and I like to do together.

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    1. It was peaceful and relaxing--exactly what we needed.

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  3. This is crazy, but the first photo on your post is the exact view I often visualize when I'm trying to de-stress. I lived in Massachusetts most of my life and remember a peaceful afternoon at Tower Hill with my husband. There was the slightest breeze as we sat at the top of that very meadow, looking over the trees to the water. There were almost no other people at the garden that day. It was so silent and the sky was so blue. Your photo rebooted my memory of that day.

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    1. Oh, how lovely! It must have been a bit of a surprise when you read my post. It is such a peaceful spot. I can see why you use the memory to help you relax. Where in Massachusetts did you live?

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    2. Over thirty-five years, twice in Boston (a hippie pad outside of Kenmore Square in 1972, later on Beacon Hill), Nahant, Marblehead, a brief few years in Hampstead, NH, and then Marshfield.

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