Pickles and Pints ... and Painting
BOYLSTON -- Put a lid on autumn with a weekend full of everything canned, jarred, jammed, pickled and more at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
“Pickles and Pints” runs Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day at 11 French Drive, Boylston. Find out how to make your harvest last all winter long with tried and true techniques along with some fresh ideas.
“It’s a great time to come out with friends and family and enjoy fall together,” said Robert Burgess, public-relations manager for Tower Hill Botanic Garden. “Usually, we have some sort of fall festivities in autumn, and we try to come up with a good array of activities that people would be interested in.”
He added that this year folks at the garden were thinking about fall harvesting and what people can do with that harvest to make it last as long as possible, such as canning and pickling.
“The idea of Tower Hill Botanic Garden is to get people excited about plants and nature, and think about how they can bring plants into their lives,” Burgess said.
There are a number of activities that are available each day, such as crafts, vendors, a beer garden with local brewery selections, pickle-making, face-painting, veggie races and more.
Yes, veggie races.
“For the veggie races, we put wooden wheels on different vegetables and kids shoot them down a ramp to see which is faster, such as a corn cob or summer squash,” Burgess said.
There will also be some activities special to particular days, such as chef demonstrations, live music and wine-tasting.
“On Saturday, we have some wine-tasting, which, in particular, is going to be fun for adults,” Burgess said. “Sunday and Monday have chef demonstrations where people can come and see different plants and fruits from the fall harvest and learn how to turn it into delicious dishes. The chefs make a great meal, and you can get samples of what was made.”
Prepare to taste and buy delicious preserved products from local vendors, with treats for the pickiest -- and picklest -- taste buds. And if you grew something “interesting” in your garden this year, Burgess said to bring it down and compete in the Let’s Get Growing competition, judged by Roger Swain.
“This is exciting,” Burgess said. “It’s going to be inviting to all members of the public if they grew something interesting in their garden this year. If you have something different and odd, you can submit it. Bring in your interesting gourd or wacky pumpkin.”
He said the competition -- and the weekend as a whole -- is an opportunity for people to celebrate the fall harvest and get excited about nature.
“It’s a chance to come out and really enjoy the autumn season,” he added. “We have beautiful views of Mount Wachusett, and there are trails to walk on and we have some gardens that still have lots of interesting flowers and foliage.”
Admission for the festival ins included in the admission fee to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is $15 for adults, $10 for those 65 and older, $5 for ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and younger. Some of the special activities have separate prices. For a full list of daily activities and registration, see towerhillbg.org .
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