Sunday, September 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – The Gardens of Arne Maynard

The Gardens of Arne Maynard is the first book on the work of one of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after garden designers working today. Based in Great Britain, Maynard is known for his award-winning gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show and for his many private commissions across the world. Central to his work as a designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The New York Times, Garden Design, The World of Interiors, House & Garden, Country Life, The English Garden, Vogue, and many more. Mr. Maynard will speak at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, September 11 at 10 am, followed by book signing. Tower Hill members $15, nonmembers $25. Register online at

Thursdays, September 8 – 22, 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm, and Saturdays, September 10 – 17, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm – Native New England Shrubs

Shrubs vary widely in size, shape, color, bark, flower, and fruit. This New England Wild Flower society five session course will introduce you to almost 50 species of native New England shrubs, emphasizing plant identification, family characteristics, and historical plant uses. Classes, taught by Roland “Boot” Boutwell, will take place at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road in Framingham, on Thursday evenings, September 8, 15, and 22, from 6:30 – 8:45, and on two Saturdays, September 10 and 17, from 9 – 1:30. Bring a hand lens. Weekend sessions are held in off-site locations; directions will be provided during the first class. $200 for NEWFS members, $250 for nonmembers. Register online at  Imageof fothergilla from


Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Gardeners’ Emporium

Tower Hill Botanic Garden presents its annual Gardeners’ Emporium on Saturday, September 10 from 10 – 2. The Emporium will feature nonprofit, regional plant societies, specialty nurseries, and purveyors of distinctive garden ornaments. Societies represented include the Begonia, Cactus & Succulent, Daylily, Gesneriad, Hosta, and Rock Garden. This is the ONLY place this fall where you can find all these Societies, with the diversity of their respective offerings, gathered in one sale. Each of these groups offer expertise on their plant specialties, as well as hard-to-find specimen plants for sale. In addition, niche nurseries and garden accessory companies will offer their unique products for sale. Participating nurseries, as of the time of this posting, include Broken Arrow, DeRosa Orchids, Greystone Gardens, Pope’s Pots, Stonegate Farm, and more. Finally, Tower Hill’s Gift Shop will provide all kinds of unique gardening supplies and books, and Twigs Cafe will offer delightful meals.
Fall is an excellent time for planting, and the Gardeners’ Emporium is a perfect opportunity to find just the right plant, or garden statue, to fill in an empty spot in the garden. The cooler days of September and October give new plants a chance to establish themselves before the onset of winter. September is also a great time to visit Tower Hill, as many of the annuals and perennials are still putting on a fantastic show. A portion of the proceeds from the sale support the ongoing development and maintenance of the Garden.  Photo from  For directions and more information, log on to


Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, September 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Carnivorous Plant Show

Presented by the New England Carnivorous Plant Society, this year’s fall Carnivorous Plant Show will take place Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Worcester. Free with Admission to the garden. Plant lovers and all those who enjoy something different will be able to get up close to hundreds of carnivorous plants exhibited by the members of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society.

Most people would say carnivorous plants are unique, different, or even strange, but all would agree they are interesting and intriguing. Some are native to New England, and others are from as far away as Africa, South America or Australia, but these plants all share a common bond: they are carnivorous, which means they survive by catching and consuming other living things – in most cases, insects. More than 300 of these plants will be on display where visitors can see first-hand these unusual plants, and will have a chance to purchase their own from top vendors from the area.

Sunday, September 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Gardens at Clock Barn

The Gardens at Clock Barn in Carlisle, Massachusetts have been created by Maureen and Mike Ruettger over the last thirty years. The house and drying barn date back to 1790. As you enter the gardens through an arched gate, you walk by the old barn which has trays filled with herbs and flowers from the cutting garden beyond. These trays were built in the late 1930’s as a Works Progress Administration project for the drying of digitalis leaves for medicinal use. A grape arbor leads into a walled garden with four quadrants anchored by antique roses and mixed borders with sweeps of foxgloves, Salvia viridis, and nepeta intertwined with salad greens and edible herbs. A second tier is flanked by two reflecting pools fringed by Allium senescens montanum and an herbal tapestry design mirrored on each side. A greenhouse and potting area houses a collection of more than forty varieties of scented geraniums on one side and pots of kaffir limes, Meyer lemons, figs, bay, and rosemary on the other. Exiting the glass house, a canopy of 100-year-old oaks provides shade for paths that wind through a series of woodland gardens and past a small pond and water feature bordered by hakonechloa. Hosta divisions from the garden of Francis Williams anchor the first shade garden. Favorite plantings in these gardens include anemones, epimediums, Kirengeshoma palmata, Jeffersonia dubia, and shade-loving peonies. The path widens as you exit the gardens through a hornbeam arch to finish the tour below the face of The Clock Barn.

The Garden Conservancy is pleased to present the opportunity to tour the Gardens as part of the Open Gardens 2016 Schedule, on Sunday, September 18 from 10 – 4. $7 admission. As part of this Open Day, there will be a special event, “Growing Food at Clock Barn Farm – A Program for Families,” with Annie Novak & Maureen Ruettgers. Registration details may be found at

Directions: From Boston, take Route 24 south to Exit 14A and merge onto I-495 South. Take Exit 7A for Route 24 North toward Boston. Merge onto Route 24 North and go about 18 miles. Take Exit 21B to merge onto I-93 South toward I-95. Continue on I-95 North for 21 miles. Take Exit 31B for Route 4 North/Route 225 West. Merge onto Bedford Street/Route 225/Route 4 and continue to follow Route 225/Route 4 for 2.8 miles. Turn left at Carlisle Road/Route 225. Turn right to stay on Carlisle Road/Route 225 and follow to destination on right.  Photo by Marion Brenner.


Call for Volunteers – Grow Native Massachusetts

Grow Native Massachusetts has begun construction of demonstration gardens at their new home at the Waltham Field Station.

Grow Native Massachusetts is an organization rooted in community. As friends, neighbors, and citizens, they are inspired by the significance of gardens and green spaces that contribute to the integrity of our common ecosystem. They cultivate them for beauty and biodiversity, aspiring to create essential habitat for birds, butterflies and wildlife, and to better understand the delicate balance that weaves all life together. They recognize that native plants create the foundation for healthy ecological communities, and know that the world — both locally and globally — is threatened by a decrease in native plant populations and the proliferation of invasives.

The organization is recruiting volunteers to help with garden installation as well as ongoing maintenance and invasive monitoring and control. Contact Meredith to offer your help:

Saturday, September 24, 9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight – Moondance After Dark

On Saturday, September 24th, the Esplanade Friends Council invites you to join us for Moondance After Dark. Saturday, September 24th from 9:00PM – Midnight. Held under white tents on the bank of the Charles River. Ticket includes admission, open bar, hors d’oeuvre, and desserts. Tickets are $150 until August 31st. Price increases to $175 September 1st. Purchase online at All proceeds benefit the Esplanade Association’s work to restore, manage and enhance the Charles River Esplanade for the enjoyment of all.


Sunday, September 4, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Pasture to Plate Cheese Making Tour

This in-depth look at Appleton Farms’ dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen viewing area – and everywhere in between – to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. Our cheesemaker will show the process in action and answer any questions you have. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products. The Sunday, September 4 program meets at our Dairy Store at 3:30 pm and there is no need to pre-register. Become a Trustees member at the farm and day of and come on the tour without charge! TTOR members $12, nonmembers $20. For directions to Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich, visit  Image of Appleton Farm cheeses from

Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun – Online Course

Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun is a University of Georgia online certificate program authored by the Dr. Allan Armitage, one of the world’s leading experts on and researchers of perennials. In the course, you will read and hear Dr. Armitage’s insights on how to plant, propagate, and care for 20 of his favorite perennials. The course is online, so you can progress at your own pace, on your own schedule. You’ll be using Dr. Armitage’s renowned textbook, Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes. Other resources include online access to the professor’s audio clips, interactive exercises, and end-of-lesson quizzes that provide instant feedback. $169, textbooks not included. For complete information, and links to Dr. Armitage’s other available online course, Herbaceous Perennials for the Shade, visit


Wednesday, August 31, 7:30 pm – The Spell of the Sensuous

In this provocative Polly Hill Arboretum lecture on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 pm, renowned horticulturist Chris Woods will share his passion for plants and illuminate the intimate relationship between plants and humans. Chris will explore sensuality and its relevance to horticulture and ask the audience to unearth their creative selves using gardening as a means to reconnect to the wild and deep magic of the senses. He will cover the value of gardens in creating a healthy society and what needs to be done to help our children overcome “nature deficit disorder.”  Chris has worked in the garden world as a director, consultant, and gardener for over 30 years. Please join us for this exploration of the human attraction to landscape, gardens, and flowers. $10/$5 for PHA members. For more information visit