Monday, September 16, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Tuesday, September 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Friday, September 19, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm – Native Woody Plant Materials

Come to Garden in the Woods and explore the diversity of native trees, shrubs, and woody vines and their uses in home gardens and surrounding landscapes.  This three day course (September 16, 17, and 19) will delve into growth characteristics, cultural requirements, and the best horticultural uses of commercially available woody plants.  Which species grow well in heavy shade?  Which can be used to support local wildlife and/or humans?  Learn how to stagger your plantings for continuous bloom, fruit production, and fall color.  This intensive class will serve anyone wanting to work at a professional level, but is also appropriate for the avid home gardener.  The course will include lectures and walks in the Garden as well as a field trip to the Arnold Arboretum.  Bring a bag lunch each day.  The instructor is Dan Jaffe, Propagator and Stock Bed Grower of The New England Wild Flower Society (pictured below.) $144 for NEWFS members, $182 for nonmembers.  Register at

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, September 14, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm – Concord Farm & Garden Fair

The Concord Farm & Garden Fair weekend will be held September 13 and 14.  On Saturday, from 10 – 2, shop at Ag Day Farmers Market in Concord Center.  Purchase local produce, meat, eggs, and flowers.  Nearby restaurants will offer Ag Day specials.  At the Farmers Market, see the Lexicon of Sustainability (TM) Pop-up Photo Exhibit, illustrating the new language of sustainability, on loan from the Museum of Science.  Then, from 2 – 5, there will be Food & Flower Tours.  Chart your own course between six tours designed to delight and inspire: chickens, bees, organic veggies, fruit trees and flowers, bio-diverse community and home gardens (including an herb CSA,) a harvest treasure hunt and solar fencing.  Pre-register for home garden tours at the Market or at  You may also get on your bike for a casual tour of Concord gardens and farms – email

On Sunday, from noon – 4, the photo exhibit continues at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road.  Then, from 1 – 4, six farms take you behind their farmstands.  Walk the fields and talk with farmers, learn how small-scale farming and selling works today, see historic greenhouses and vintage tractors, and gather eggs and harvest vegetables.  Cycle Concord’s foodscape with Richard (email above.)  At 4 pm, dine on produce donated by local farmers and prepared by local chefs at the Stone Soup Dinner at Verrill Farm.  Appetizers at 4, dinner served at 5.  Limited seating.  Tickets may be purchased in advance from Debra’s Natural Gourmet, Concord Cheese Shop, and Verrill Farm, with proceeds supporting Concord agricultural projects.  Visit for more details.

The Fair is sponsored by the Concord Agriculture Committee and Concord Gardeners Cooperative, with generous contributions from individuals and First Parish in Concord, Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, Budget Printing, ConcordCAN, Concord Lumber, Debra’s Natural Gourmet, Dunkin Donuts, Helen’s Restaurant, and Middlesex Savings Bank.


Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Controlling Invasives at Home

Take control of your home landscape with information and tips from an invasive-plants expert, on Tuesday, September 9, from 10 – 2 at Garden in the Woods.  This class will cover about thirty of the most common invasive plants in the local landscape.  Through discussion, lecture, examination of herbarium specimens, and a visit to a local invasives control site, you will learn to recognize non-native invasive plants and understand the features that make them so disruptive to natural ecosystems.  The class will discuss management techniques for many of these species on the home and landscape scale.  The Invaders issue of the New England Wildflower Society’s magazine and the MA Field Guide to Invasives will be available for purchase at a discount.  Alliaria petiolata pictured below. The instructor is Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, and the fee is $66 for NEWFS members, $80 for nonmembers.  Register at

Sunday, September 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Whole Foods 5K for Project Bread

Calling all runners! Project Bread wants you to join them at the Whole Foods Market 5K Road Race and Kids Fun Run on September 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Danehy Park in Cambridge (across from 87 New Street, parking available at the Fresh Pond Mall.)

This year, Project Bread is thrilled to be a race beneficiary with CitySprouts! Register today, at and help make a difference in your community.

Not interested in running? No problem. You can volunteer! Shifts are available 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. For more information or to sign up, email or call 617-723-5000.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Fun with Fungi: Natural Science Drawing and Painting

Explore the fascinating forms and textures of mushrooms in this Tower Hill Botanic Garden natural science art workshop, to be held on Saturday, September 13 from 10 – 4 at Tower Hill, 11 French Drive in Boylston. Helen Byers’ instruction will include demonstrations of ways to achieve detailed effects using graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor. All levels welcome! A list of supplies will be sent to participants. To see more of Helen’s work, visit her website at Visit to register.  $60 Tower Hill members, $75 nonmembers.

Friday, September 12, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Northeast Region Perennial Plant Association Symposium

On Friday, September 12, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Perennial Plant Association are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled Exploring Design & Perennial Selection for the Landscape. Some of the best writers and creative plantsmen and women in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn and ask questions. The event will take place at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, and the cost is $109. To register, or for more information, email, or call 617-933-4973.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 8th Annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide

The Boston Natural Areas Network will hold its 8th Annual Harvest Festival & Perennial Divide on Saturday, September 13, from 10 – 2 at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan. Bring plants to swap and containers to carry them home. You’re invited to exchange, donate or simply take home plants. Shop for hard-to-find native plants, fall gardening supplies, soil amendments, cover crop and season extension supplies, and enjoy the harvest season with fellow gardeners. Image from For more information visit 

Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21 – Plymouth Art in Bloom

The Plymouth Garden Club, the Aptucxet Garden Club, the Evening Garden Club of Plymouth, and other area participants will hold their annual Art in Bloom event at The Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth, on Friday, September 19 (10 – 8, reception 6 – 8,) Saturday September 20 (10 – 8,) and Sunday, September 21 (10 – 4.) Admission is free, open to the public.  For more information contact Judy Brown at 508-888-3638.


Monday, September 22, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – I Scream, You Scream

New Englanders are known for their obsession with great ice cream. On Monday, September 22, from 6:30 – 9, join Sofra Bakery Executive Pastry Chef Maura Kilpatrick and Pastry Chef Molly Rabideau at Sofra, 1 Belmont Street in Cambridge, as they kick off the Fall Cooking Class Series with an evening of homemade frozen treats! The variations on this favorite dessert are endless. Capitalize on the season’s harvest with Maura’s Sweet Corn Ice Cream. Additional recipes include Philadelphia-Style Ice Cream with Ice Wine, Pistachio Ice Cream, and non-dairy Apple Tea Granite. Registration: $85, which includes full dish tastings with wine pairings and recipe books. Image from Register through Eventbrite at 

Sunday, September 14, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival

SBN’s Boston Local Food Festival is a deliciously free outdoor event that connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home. The Boston Local Food Festival is an event for all ages aimed to allow locals to taste and appreciate the variety of locally produced and harvested products grown right here in the Boston area! There will be live music performed by local musicians and fun activities for children. There will also be competitions (like the annual Seafood Throwdown, sponsored by NAMA) and demonstrations put on by local food experts.

The festival will provide access to healthy food for $6 or less, created with local ingredients. The goal of this event is to connect local farmers and producers to their consumers, strengthening the community and educating the locals in a delicious and informative way.

The festival has been endorsed by the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and several leading food organizations, businesses, and farms. We also have a goal of making this a Zero Waste event. In 2012, 91% of waste was diverted from landfills!The event will take place from 11 – 5 on Sunday, September 14 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, near the Aquarium T stop, in Boston.  For more information on the Sustainable Business Network visit

Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Tastes of the Garden: Cultural Fusion Cuisine

Join the Boston Natural Areas Network and the East Boston YMCA on Tuesday, August 5, from 5:30 – 7 for a delicious evening of cooking. Explore different techniques for fusion cooking with a focus on local produce, while learning how to add new flavor to summer favorites! Registration required, limited space. To register call 617-542-7696 or email The event will take place at the Ashley Street East Boston YMCA at 54 Ashley Street in East Boston.  Image of Egyptian salad from

Tuesdays, September 9 – November 18, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – MMGA Home Horticulture Series

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association announces the MMGA Home Horticulture Series: The More You Know, The More You Can Grow!  This program is a ten-week evening class taught by Master Gardeners that will provide a comprehensive introduction to horticulture, giving home gardeners a foundation for enhancing their skills.  Topics to be covered include Nomenclature, Propagation, Turf & Alternatives, Soil, Botany, Weed Ecology, Vegetable Culture, Diseases & Pests, Perennial Culture, Woody Plants, and Pruning.  The Fall Session will take place Tuesday evenings, September 9 – November 18, from 6:30 – 8 at Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley.  The cost for the program is $250, due upon registration.  For more information, visit

Through September 14, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – La couleur du vent

The North Bennet Street School, the New England Guild of Book Workers, and the American Academy of Bookbinding present an exhibition in the Windgate Gallery at 150 North Street in Boston now through September 14, Monday through Friday, 9 – 5, entitled La couleur du vent. ARA Canada in partnership with the École Estienne, organized an international exhibition of bookbinding that originated in Paris and traveled to Quebec City, Montreal and Trois-Rivières. This exhibit includes the work of fifty one binders. The invitation to participate was extended to former students of the Ecole Estienne in Paris and member bookbinders of ARA Canada.

The book selected for this project is titled La couleur du vent ( The color of the wind.)  It is a collection of poems by Gilles Vigneault, illustrated and designed by Nastassja Imiolek under the artistic direction of Cécile Côté. Visit the project website,, to see more.

Wednesday, October 8 – Friday, October 10 – Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Flower Show School Course I

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts will sponsor Flower Show School Course I: Growing, Staging, Exhibiting and Judging on October 8, 9 and 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 11 Beaver Street, Milford, Massachusetts.  Subjects to be covered will be Design, with Garden Club of the Back Bay member Kaye Vosburgh, Flower Show Procedure Parts I and II, with Barbara May, and Horticulture, with Catherine Felton.  The full course with exam is $120, and lunch each day is $17.  To print the registration form go to and click on “Flower School.”  For more information call Cathie Healy at 508-429-5055.

Mondays, October 6, November 3, and March 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Back to Basics: Designing Principles in Floral Design

Join the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts for a series of interactive programs with distinguished Massachusetts designers, demonstrating how to create designs, on Mondays, October 6, November 3, and March 23, at The Espousal Center, 554 Lexington Street in Waltham.  The classes will be held from 10 – 12, and the total fee for all three sessions is a mere $30.  Make check payable to GCFM, Inc. and mail it to Diane Bullock, 456 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, along with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and Garden Club name.


Wednesday, September 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Infusing Your Life with Herbs

Learn how to take simple culinary staples, such as butters, sugars, vinegars, liqueurs and more and transform them into something special with the addition of fresh herbs. Infuse your pantry as well as the rest of your home with the scents and colors of summer, adding a year-round herbal experience. Sample an array of herb-kissed food products, which will enliven your meals throughout the year, and begin your own herbal adventure. This Massachusetts Horticultural Society class will take place on Wednesday, September 10 from 1 – 3 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley. $20 for Mass Hort members, $25 for non-members. Register on line at, or call 617-933-4943.

Karen O’Brien runs her herbal business, The Green Woman’s Garden,, in the central MA town of Mendon. She has unusual herb plants, including medicinal, for sale, runs workshops on various herbal adventures, and occasionally participates at farmers markets and fairs.

She is the Development Chair of The Herb Society of America, currently serves as Chairman of the New England Unit of H.S.A., is Secretary of the International Herb Association, and is President of the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford.

A member of Garden Writers Association, she is the editor and contributing author to the latest Herb of the Year book on Artemisia, produced by the IHA.

Monday, September 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate

Spend Labor Day, Monday, September 1, at the Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton Street in Newton, with Dr. Christine Jones, Australian soil carbon scientist, as she speaks about Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate.  The program will run from 10 – 4, and the cost is $55 for NOFA members, $64 for non-members.  There will be a potluck lunch, so bring your favorite dish to pass, a drink mug, and a table setting.  Read about the speaker at  Topics include building soil carbon to improve production and farm viability, plant and livestock health and disease resistance, human nutrition, and climatic resilience on your farm or garden plot.

Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. According to Dr. Jones, photosynthesis operating at full capacity is the critical element in soil humification. Among the many benefits of high-humus soils are an abundance of soil micro-organisms which manage and make available to the plants a broad range of minerals; more effective water management; and more vibrant plant health through improved plant immunity. Dr. Jones’ work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists.

For more information, please contact NOFA/Mass Education Events Coordinator Jamie Lombardo at or (860) 966-6368.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Native Plants for Four Season Gardening

By carefully choosing trees, shrubs and perennials, we can have something of interest even in the coldest winter months! Wandflower, Galax urceolata, with its glossy foliage and rich green American holly, Ilex opaca, are just a couple of the plants that brighten the garden throughout the year. Don’t underestimate the charms of decorative bark, evergreen foliage, fruits, and dried leaves and flower stalks with a dusting of snow. Learn about some of the best native species, with an emphasis on fall and winter interest, and discuss design to ensure that your garden framework works well in the “off-season” as well as at the peak of bloom.

On Tuesday, September 16, from 6 – 8 pm, Laura Eisener will present a Cambridge Center for Adult Education class on Native Plants for Four-Season Gardening at 56 Brattle Street in Cambridge. The fee is $47, and you may register online at Galax picture below from the New York Botanical Garden.

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Create Your Own Tropical Terrarium

A fun, hands-on workshop, led by Art Scarpa of the Cactus and Succulent Society, will take place Saturday, September 27 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. Create a tropical terrarium using a heavy glass jar with lid and an assortment of miniature plants suitable for an east or north window or for growing under artificial light. Participants will learn how to care for the plants, how to choose soil mix ingredients, and how to landscape with decorative stones. All materials are provided.

Art was awarded Mass Hort’s Gold Medal in 2013 and has spoken at and led workshops at garden clubs and flower shows all over the Northeast.
He is a founder and past president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Massachusetts, and is certified as a judge by the Cactus & Succulent Society of America. Art has won multiple Best in Show awards for his entries at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, the Newport Flower Show and regional cactus and succulent shows.


Workshop Fee: Mass Hort Members $45, Non-Members $50.  Register on line at|427|430|433/create-your-own-tropical-terrarium?filter_reset=1.

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