Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Spring Hive Management

Join Massachusetts State Beekeeper Ken Warchol on Saturday, March 31 at 10 am at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an in-depth lecture on spring management of honey bee hives. This lecture will focus on how to manage spring hive population build-up, feeding, dividing, pest monitoring and protection and most importantly how to prevent swarming. For beekeepers this program will provide critical information and most especially timing of important management techniques to get the honey season off to a positive start. Following this class, participants are welcome to stay to meet and discuss beekeeping with others. $5 for BBG members, $10 for nonmembers. Register online at

Ken Warchol, is a 6th generation beekeeper and former teacher whose lectures are enjoyed by expert and novice beekeepers alike. He has previously served as a Massachusetts State Bee Inspector. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting. Image of Ken Warchol from

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Vernal Mustards

Members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), both native and introduced, are among the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring. Using images and herbarium specimens, this New England Wild Flower Society presentation by Ted Elliman at Garden in the Woods on March 31 from 10 – 2 will discuss the identification features and habitats of a number of the species in this confusing and often overlooked group of wildflowers, including species of Arabidopsis, Boechera, Brassica, Cardamine, Draba, Lepidium, and several other mustard genera. $53 for NEWFS members, $64 for nonmembers. Register at

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Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Revealing a Sense of Place

Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join Grow Native Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, as Matthew Cunningham explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.  Image below from Turf Magazine.

This lecture if free, and co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. For more information visit

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Tuesday, March 27, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Common Sense Growing

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts is excited to host Jamie Colen, the Garden Director at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am. The event is a horticulture morning not to be missed.  Jamie, with almost 20 years as Garden Director at one of the last working formal estate gardens of the 20th century, presents a slide show entitled Common Sense Growing. It dispels many garden myths and misconceptions as well as touches upon a short history of Fuller Gardens. Location: Espousal Center (554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA) Cost: $5.00 Contact: Misty Florez at

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Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Twenty Second Annual Gibson House Museum Benefit

An elegant (and fun!) affair, the Gibson House Museum’s annual benefit is a major fundraising opportunity for the museum. All proceeds support the museum’s mission of preserving and sharing this unique time capsule of Boston life. This year they will honor Jean Carroon, a principal with award-winning Boston design firm Goody Clancy, for her career as a preservation architect and her role in the stewardship of more than a dozen National Historic Landmarks, including Trinity Church, Old South Church, Church of the Covenant, Arlington Street Church, and the Ayer Mansion. The evening will take place April 11 beginning at 6 pm at The Chilton Club, 152 Commonwealth Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Tuesdays, April 3 – May 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon or 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm- Improve Your Watercolor Skills

Join the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for this eight-week course (choose morning or afternoon sessions) beginning April 3 with artist and instructor Nan Rumpf. Classes are designed to further develop your watercolor painting skills and techniques. Each lesson is an activity designed to explore a different art element, principle, or painting technique. Explore the many possibilities of watercolor as you enhance your personal painting style and discover your artistic voice. Handouts, demos, painting examples, critiques will be supplied by the instructor.

Nan Rumpf grew up in a small Iowa town on the banks of the Mississippi River, where she spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors on her bicycle and daydreaming under a lilac bush. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. She currently lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has worked as a professional puppeteer, designing and constructing her own puppets and masks. She organized dramatic arts workshops in public schools and libraries for twenty years.

She has studied watercolor painting with Susan Swinand, Jane Goldman, Paul George, Charles Reid, Miles Batt, and Cheng Khee Chee. Her paintings have been exhibited at The DeCordova Museum School Gallery, The Danforth Museum, The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, The Attleboro Arts Museum, The Wellesley Free Library (First Place Award), The Center For The Arts in Natick, Art on the Common in Needham (First Place Award), The Clinton Art show (Best In Show), Post Road Art (First Place Award in the Abstract Show), The Wellesley Community Center (Margaret Fitzwilliam Award for Excellence in Watercolor), The New England Watercolor Society Show in Cotuit (Woodruff Art Center Award) and her painting Soaring was awarded by George Nick in Concord Art’s Juried Members show.

She is a member of the Concord Art Association, the Wellesley Society of Artists, The Rhode Island Watercolor Society and is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society. She was chosen as one of the two art judges for The Amazing Things Summer Juried Art Show in 2012. Learn more at The class will be held in the Cheney Room of the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. Mass Hort Member Cost: $125; Non Member Cost $160. Register at

Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Twilight Garden Party

The 2017 Twilight Garden Party will be held Tuesday, June 5th, from 6 – 8:30 pm at the historic St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay. Designed by McKim, Mead and White, the Club’s beautiful, historic interior is a perfect setting for our annual fund raising event.

The Garden Club of the Back Bay is committed to the trees and greens spaces of our historic Back Bay neighborhood. We work hard all year to keep the trees healthy and beautiful for future generations of Bostonians and visitors. Trees provide us with healthy air to breathe and a shady path to walk. This spring we embark on a new and exciting project in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, planting 23 new trees in the last block of Marlborough Street (between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East.) The Marlborough Street Tree Project is even more ambitious than our very successful Clarendon Street Tree Project. The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and the Charlesgate Alliance heartily endorse us.

This year we are launching a new website,, that will serve as a visual, online database of all trees in the Back Bay.

To support our efforts, visit our Shop at

Underwriters ($3,000): 6 tickets to the Party plus recognition as Underwriter on the invitation, press releases, and other publicity, company logo on invitation and website, and on-site visibility (signage)

Major Supporter ($1,500): 4 tickets to the Party plus recognition as Major Supporter on invitation, and on-site visibility (signage)

Gold Leaf (($750): 3 tickets to the Party plus recognition on invitation

Silver Leaf ($500): 2 tickets to the Party plus recognition on invitation

Bronze Leaf ($250): 1 ticket to Party plus recognition on invitation

Thank you. Our printing deadline is March 31. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

* The Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc. is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation under the provisions of section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A portion of your donation may be deductible.

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Pruning Blueberries: A Hands-On Workshop

This UMass Extension presentation on blueberry pruning will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 10 – 12. Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden. They are healthful and well suited to grow in our New England conditions Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape. Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too. Bring your own tools or use ours. $35.

The class will be taught by Sonia Schloemann at the Nicewicz Family Farm, 116 Sawyer Road in Bolton. Register and pay via credit card for any Mass Aggie seminar by visiting You will be taken to a secure RegOnline site where you will be able to choose which seminars you wish to attend and to pay. You will receive an e-mail receipt of your transaction. This workshop will be partially out of doors so please dress appropriately for potentially wet, cold, and muddy conditions.

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Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 pm – Annual Meeting of the Boston Preservation Alliance

Join the Alliance at our Annual Meeting for Members on March 21 at 6 PM at the New Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street with special guest James Lindberg, Vice President of Research and Policy, Preservation Green Lab, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Preservation Green Lab is producing innovative and forward-thinking big data tools that are shaping the way we think about preservation and sustainability. To kick off the Boston Preservation Alliance’s 40th Anniversary year, James Lindberg will speak about the evolution of historic preservation, answer questions like “Why We Preserve?” and discuss the future of the field through its growing connections with the environmental and sustainability movements. Not a member yet? Now is the perfect time to join or renew. Visit

Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 pm – Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable

Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, will speak on Tuesday, April 3 at 6 pm in the Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, on the topic Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable. The free public lecture is part of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series, supported by a generous gift from Dr.s Herman and Joan Suit.

For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. Over time, they transformed the chemistry of our planet, making it habitable for plants, animals, and humans. Paul Falkowski will discuss how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life would cease without them today. By examining the inner workings of these miniature “engines” and the processes by which they are built and assembled—like building blocks— within every creature that walks, swims, or flies, he will reveal how microbes are the great stewards of life on Earth.

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. Check the day of the program for a direct video link. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.