Sunday, July 9 – New England Botanical Club Field Trip to Washington, Vermont

Join The New England Botanical Club and explore interesting places with great plants, led by local expert botanists. Trips for June, July and August, 2017, are planned, and participants must contact the trip leader 1 week in advance. The second summer trip will take place Sunday, July 9 to Washington, Vermont.

Field trip to typical, sugar maple forests of the Vermont Piedmont in the town of Washington (just north of Chelsea), Orange County, Vermont. Rich woods, fields, hedgerows and shrublines of the old hill-farm countryside. Terrain is hilly but not steep, easy walking on roads and trails, a lovely landscape. Collecting specimens for the Club herbarium is a feature of this trip. No “very special” habitats are here, but we will see some interesting plants including a positively identified Crataegus holmesiana (pictured), ginseng, ferns, woodland violets, and what-have-you. A very nice vernal pool is also on the property. Level of Difficulty – Easy. Trip Leader: Art Gilman ( Art will send meeting time, location and directions to those who register for the trip.

Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9 – Tower Hill Botanical Tattoo Weekend

The public is welcome to attend Botanical Tattoo Weekend on July 8 and 9 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The event, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, is a celebration of plant-inspired tattoos. There will be tattoo demonstrations, vendors, food trucks, children’s crafts, henna artists, face painting, a tattoo art exhibit, live music, temporary tattoos, a collaborative art project, hands-on art workshops, and more. Guests may be inspired by Tower Hill’s gardens, which will be nearing peak summer form, to plan a future botanical tattoo for themselves. Visitors are encouraged to show off their own tattoos at this family-friendly event. The nonprofit destination features formal gardens, woodland trails, a gift shop, lunch cafe, theater, and views of the Wachusett Reservoir. For more information, including admission prices, visit or call 508-869-6111. Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Mass.

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Trees and Other Plants of the South Athol Conservation Area

On Saturday, July 8, from 10 – 1, join Nancy Goodman, Naturalist and Plant Conservation Volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society for this botanical exploration of the South Athol Conservation Area. Trees surround us and support us in so many important ways. Though they’re rooted in one place, they are complex, fascinating, and beautiful living things. Plants are also fascinating to look at and identify. We will be looking at a mix of plants and trees to learn what we can. We will also be paying attention to what changes we see when we go from one habitat to another, and how subtle this can be. Plants and trees can tell you a lot about the habitats you might be in. Meet 10 :00 am at the Conservation area. This program will be repeated on Saturday, September 16. Sponsored by the Athol Bird & Nature Club.

To find the South Athol Conservation area entrance: travel south on South Athol Road from Athol center and the entrance will be on the right 1.1 miles south of the route 2 overpass, between the intersections of Riceville Road and Conant Road. (GPS – 3800 South Athol Road) A Conservation Area sign at the driveway will point you down the dirt roadway to a small parking area on the right before the gate (private residence).

Thursday, June 29, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Twenty Great Natives for Butterflies Live Webinar

Lepidoptera cannot live by nectar alone. Learn about 20 top plants that not only offer food for native pollinators and their young but also provide space for egg laying. Some of these plants are probably already in your garden, while others are sure to surprise you. Our native sedges, for instance, host significantly more butterfly species than bee balm! Dan Jaffe will conduct a live webinar Thursday, June 29 from 6:30 – 7:30 for $10 for New England Wild Flower Society members and $13 for nonmembers. Register online at

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am = 4:00 pm – The Garden Conservancy’s Martha’s Vineyard Open Day

Enjoy a full day of garden tours and activities on Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, July 8, sponsored by The Garden Conservancy. Admission to each garden is $7 for Garden Conservancy members and advance purchase ticket holders.  Visit to register.

25 Osprey Lane in Chilmark: Nature sets the theme for this rolling oceanside garden. A natural meadow extends from the house to the water’s edge and subtle topography creates foreground views that compete for attention. Occasional glimpses of meandering inlets complete a compelling image of land meeting water. The garden, made up of layered masses of perennials, occupies the space immediately around the house and seems to flow naturally into the meadow. The plant palette was carefully selected for seaside conditions: plants are resistant to salt spray and heavy ocean winds. A mown grass path, invisible when viewed from the house, separates the perennial garden from the meadow, ensuring the meadow will not invade the garden and vice versa. Strategically placed boulders in the foreground tie the space visually to the ocean’s rocky shoreline. The garden is designed to gently transition through a series of views that progress with increasing simplicity: from the intricate perennial garden to the natural seaside meadow to the beach and ocean in the distance. Garden designed by Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architecture Firm.

Jethro Athearn Homestead Garden (directions will be provided at additional gardens open on this date, or by calling 1-888-842-2442 weekedays 9 – 5): This garden features 1,000 square feet of terraced herbaceous borders in an agricultural setting. Ben and Susanne Clark designed and created their property beginning in 1992 on a wooded hillside overlooking a working farm. Ben, whose profession was architectural restoration and preservation, moved the circa 1730 house from another part of the island. Susanne designed the garden, which takes its inspiration from one designed by the English garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll in the 1920s. Highlights include the warm and cool borders, stone terraces, and a garden house. The plantings continue to evolve as Susanne moves, divides, and edits the plants each year. Please note that at 2:00 pm there will be a Digging Deeper:Inspired by Gertrude Jekyll talk at this garden. Susanne Clark, owner of the Jethro Athearn Homestead Garden, will share her twenty-plus years’ experience of creating a garden inspired by Gertrude Jekyll. She will cover the original plans for the herbaceous borders, design considerations in creating the overall setting for the beds, adapting to the climate, and extending the season of interest. This is an all-absorbing passion for Susanne, and she will talk about the unusual process she uses to continually refine the garden. A resource list will be provided, including favorite nurseries to order from, most used reference books, and frequently accessed websites, as well as a list of the plants (nearly 200 cultivars) now in the garden, indicating some of the plants that contribute the most to the garden’s long season of appeal. Part of the time will be spent in the garden and part of the time in her historic 1730 house. The Digging Deeper event is $30 for members of the Garden Conservancy, $35 for nonmembers, which includes admission to this garden.

85 South Water Street in Edgartown: The original parts of this house are believed to date from the 1840s. More than fifty years ago a former owner and founder of the Marthas Vineyard Garden Club set out the sunken geometric garden in the shape of a Union Jack. In the late 1990s, the English garden designer Penelope Hobhouse added some important features to the garden, particularly the enclosure of the sunken flag garden to create an outdoor “room”. The garden contains some rare and unusual, as well as native, plants. Currently, the owners, who are hands-on gardeners from England, work closely with Leandro da Silva to implement further design changes.

G.G. Ma’s Garden in Edgartown: G.G. Ma’s garden has been under the diligent gardening hands of Hope Whipple since the early 1950s, when she purchased the house at 114 North Water Street. Over the years, this garden has been a place of study and experimentation, with many unique varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Ms. Whipple is an incredible plantswoman, traveling the world, including Europe, Africa, to build on her knowledge of plants. G.G. Ma’s gardening is a unique blend of cutting, woodland, and rose gardens, with the unique challenge of Martha’s Vineyard weather conditions – salt spray, high winds, humid summers. Ms. Whipple and her gardener, Sarah Monast, diligently tend to the garden together, with observational walks of the property several times a week.

Helman Garden in Edgartown (pictured): This walled garden was designed to be protected from the elements and not to compete with the natural beauty of the property. I wanted a private garden with formal bones. We designed square and rectangle beds to use as I wished. Some are just for flowers, some for herbs, some for vegetables, and some are mixed. It is a very personal place that ebbs and flows each year. There are four stone semi-circles that we call “ectetras” [sic]. The garden was designed by Daisy Helman and Diane McGuire. (Again, directions will be provided on day of tour at other gardens, or by calling the number above.) Also at the Helman Garden, at 9:30 am, Garden Collage girls will be making flower crowns with children in our new cutting garden. We will have fun lemonades made with herbs and flowers from the garden and recipes cards to take home along with their crowns. This program will be sponsored and staffed by Garden Collage, a new lifestyle magazine, founded by Daisy Helman, that celebrates a modern approach to nature. Our stories cover the global intersection of contemporary life and the natural world. Gardens, beauty, politics, farm-to-table, apothecary, culture, and design. Adults must stay with the children in their care at all times.

Garden How-To Free On Line Workshops

Horticulture Magazine’s free online Smart Gardening Workshops give you access to great garden speakers from the comfort of your own home. They have no new workshops scheduled at this time, but you can access recordings of past workshops at Here is a sampling:

12 Ideas for Gotta-Have Garden Combos

Get inside garden guru Pamela Straub’s head for a dozen of the season’s cleverest combination containers. Known for pairing the new, the unusual and the uncommon, Santa Rosa Gardens’ lead designer shares her tips, tricks and timeless secrets in this sassy session.

8 Months of Spectacular Color: Spring~Fall with Waterwise, Easy-Care Perennials

The secret to a great perennial garden is understanding how to use a succession of varieties that will keep your garden in color from early spring through the fall. David Salman (pictured) of High Country Gardens shows his favorites perennials and perennial combinations to help you create a long-blooming, waterwise, easy-care landscape.

Friday, October 20 – Outstanding Ojai, California

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is sponsoring an excursion to Ojai, California on Friday, October 20. The village-like city of Ojai, set in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains northwest of Los Angeles, is the destination for The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Annual Excursion. This annual tour, which usually sells out months in advance, is limited to 50 people. Landscape architect Pamela Burton, FASLA, is curating this daylong event, which includes visits to a selection of private residential and agricultural estates, including Burton’s own splendid property. Pictured below is her design for the Helm residence in Ojai. The day will be punctuated by a sumptuous luncheon. Never before have all of these exquisite properties been accessible on one tour.

The day concludes with a reception at the A + D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles where The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will be on view and where we will honor a 2017 Stewardship Excellence Award winner.

The tour, transportation, refreshments, lunch, and a post-tour reception are included. Tickets are $1,000 per person and proceeds provide vital support to TCLF’s year-round educational programs. Air fare to California not included.

Tickets for the Friday evening reception only are also available at $95 per person. For more information about the Halprin exhibtion on view during the reception and to purchase tickets, visit Thanks to presenting sponsors ABC Stone, Anova, Bartlett Tree Experts, and  supporting sponsor Maglin Site Furniture.

Garden How-To Free On Line Workshops

Horticulture Magazine’s free online Smart Gardening Workshops give you access to great garden speakers from the comfort of your own home. They have no new workshops scheduled at this time, but you can access recordings of past workshops at Here is a sampling:

Japanese Maples For Every Garden

With over 400 cultivars available, selecting a Japanese maple can be challenging. In this free online workshop, Japanese Maple Specialist Patricia Smyth, from Essence of the Tree, provides a overview of the cultural needs of these glorious trees with information to help with choosing the best one for your garden, whatever your climate might be.

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

Canadian gardening expert Niki Jabbour shares her ideas and tips for growing vegetables year-round, no matter your hardiness zone.

Sunday, July 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Tried and True Natives

Ask any veteran gardener, landscape designer, ecologist, or botanist what their favorite plant is and they’ll berate you for limiting their selection to just one – but you can be sure each one of them has a list of favorites. Perhaps they are tasty, good for pollinators, or just downright beautiful but either way they are the plants they know they can count on.

Join Dan Jaffe on Sunday, July 9 at 10 am at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Street in Framingham, to learn about those tried and true native species that will never let you down.

Dan Jaffe is the propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) in Framingham, Massachusetts. He earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from NEWFS. After interning at Garden in the Woods, Dan worked for a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden. $26 for Ecological Landscape Alliance Members, $32 for nonmembers. Register and see more at:

Thursday, January 4 – Saturday, January 13 – Costa Rica: Tropical Horticultural & Nature Tour

Costa Rica, ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, has a wealth of natural diversity and wildlife — over 10,000 plant species and more than 850 species of birds, including many endemics found nowhere else on earth.

This 10-day study program, January 4 – 13, 2018, will expose you to some of this stunning array of exotic tropical plants and animals, the ecology of the rainforest and other ecological habitats, and tropical horticultural production.

Join Susan Mahr, Wisconsin Master Gardener Program Coordinator, on a special trip with Hidden Treasures Tours as we leave the typical tourist route to visit some of the most exclusive areas of this stunningly beautiful country to discover the vast array of endemic plants in the rainforest, learn about tropical horticulture and crops, see abundant wildlife — monkeys, butterflies, birds, frogs and more — in their natural habitat, and much more. Book by July 1st and save $300 per single booking or $500 per couple. Land only package starts at $3,475 per person. Download itinerary at

Kari Harper