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2019 Power 50: Grace Elton

Grace Elton CEO Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston Residence: Worcester Colleges: University of Delaware, University of Florida
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Elton joined Tower Hill just over two years ago and wasted little time in bringing new ideas to one of the biggest visitor draws in Central Mass. Tower Hill has added a Night Lights exhibit, attracting 45,000 visitors during winter, and Free After Three Thursdays, which brings 10,000 visitors during summer. Tower Hill had record attendance last year with more than 151,000.

Tower Hill has added 30 acres for trails and a garden for which it will break ground next March, as part of a broader expansion to include a larger parking lot and an entrance garden. Elton serves on the boards of the American Public Gardens Association and the Worcester Cultural Coalition, and the garden helps plant trees through its Worcester Tree Initiative.

Where is the Central Mass. community headed? With the creation of a city cultural plan in Worcester, public art programs such as POW! WOW! Worcester and more emphasis on creating green spaces in the city, I can’t wait to see more areas transformed into vibrant places serving residents and attracting more tourism.

B-A-N-A-N-A-S: I have a love for tropical plants and have banana plants that overwinter in my living room.


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