Wednesday, August 9, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm – Gardeners Who Inspire

A Berkshire Botanical Garden offsite field study on Wednesday, August 9 from 10 – 2 features two remarkable gardens in Dutchess County, New York. Our first garden (pictured), which was included in Jane Garmey’s book, Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, features a sophisticated plant palette and a spectacular meadow of Sporobolus heterolepsis (prairie drop seed) framing a sculpture by Vivian Beer. Although this is not a low-maintenance garden, the owners rarely water anything after the second year and fertilize only container plants; elsewhere, compost feeds the soil without making it too rich while suppressing weeds. The collection of plants features more natives every year, including interesting native cultivars like Liquidambar  ‘Slender Silhouette.’ The owners, however, still enjoy the thrill of searching out exotic rarities. Our second garden is located on rolling terrain in Sand Lake, NY, and has evolved within a classic nineteenth-century arrangement of house, barn, meadows, and woods. A long peony border leads from the house to a five-acre pond surrounded by native plants. Between the house and barn large deep flower beds are bordered by a pergola on one side and an Italianate upper garden on the other. We will tour both sites with the owners and glean tips and techniques from these remarkable gardeners.

Driving directions to two gardens in Dutchess County will be provided upon registration. Bring a bag lunch to picnic at the first garden. BBG members $40, nonmembers $50. Register online at

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Edgartown Tree Tour

Polly Hill Arboretum will again be offering the ever-popular Edgartown Tree Tours this season. Join PHA Horticulturist/Arborist Ian Jochems on Wednesday, August 2 at 10 am for an informative and fun walking tour of the many glorious mature trees of Edgartown. In the midst of the mantle of green that envelops downtown Edgartown, among the hydrangeas and picket fences, many unique and fine specimen trees await discovery. As one past participant noted, “I will forever after see the town’s trees with new eyes and greater appreciation.” $15 for PHA members, $20 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. Call 508-693-9426. Image of pagoda tree from

Sunday, July 30, 1:00 pm – 2:30 PM – Invasion of the Aliens Part III

Olmsted NHS summer 2017 programs include free walks throughout the season, no reservations needed.  On Sunday, July 30 beginning at 1 pm you are invited to Invasion of the Aliens Part III. This interpretive walk focuses on the natural history of the Wilderness in Franklin Park with a focus on invasive plants. Please wear hiking or running shoes. To RSVP or learn more, and for directions to start point, please call (617) 566-1689 ext. 221. For a complete list of programs visit

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Garden Conservancy York, Maine, Open Day

The Garden Conservancy will host three private garden openings on Saturday, August 5 in York, Maine, from 10 – 4.  Admission to each garden is $7 for Conservancy members and advance ticket buyers.  More information and directions to the gardens may be found at

Boardman Vegetable Gardens: The owner writes: My gardens are situated around the half-acre lot where my wife and I have lived for more than thirty-seven years. While a variety of flowers grow here, this would not be classified as an ornamental garden by any means. The property is more of a mini-homestead, where the primary goal is to grow food and other support species. Rather than exceptionally neat and orderly, you’ll find the plantings somewhat chaotic but relatively productive. Adhering to organic and permaculture principles, I use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Interspersed throughout the gardens are flowers and herbs which are chosen based on their ability to support pollinators, to attract beneficial insect predators, and to serve as companion plants. Numerous varieties of annual vegetables grow in raised beds. They typically include tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, leeks, onions, beans, peas, squash, and garlic. The vegetables are are generally grown in mixed plantings rather than in large uniform blocks in order to discourage insect pests and diseases and to make more efficient use of limited space. We also grow perennial vegetables such as asparagus and rhubarb as well a small fruits, primarily blueberries and raspberries. In addition, we have a small flock of chickens which provides fertilizer for the gardens and which, in effect, turns weed seeds, garden trimmings, and bugs into eggs. A more recent addition is a colony of honey bees which aids in pollination and, in a good year, provides honey and wax. A solar PV array on the garage roof contributes to our efforts to be as green and self-sufficient as possible.

Braveboat Harbor Farm (pictured): This garden has been evolving over the last fifty years. It surrounds and complements a Georgian-style stone house. There are formal and informal borders, a vegetable garden, orchards, and collections of various flowering trees and shrubs. Apples and pears are espaliered on the house and along the walls of the formal front garden. Water features include a newly expanded pond in the woodland garden, a farm pond with rustic bridge, and the Atlantic Ocean. This treasure is protected by a sculpted arborvitae hedge on the northwest, a mature stand of hickory on the northeast, and an extensive screen of old lilacs on the south. New projects include expanding the collection of magnolias and rhododendrons, introducing hydrangeas, an espaliered pear fence, a woodland walk, a summerhouse with views to the pond and the sea, and replanting the front walled garden. We will be watching for the surprises Mother Nature sends us after such an unusual winter!

Pondfield: The primary garden at 33 Barrell Lane is designed to serve as the foreground and to frame the expansive view across tidal Barrell Pond, the Wiggly Bridge, and the York River. Densely planted, the color scheme is pink, purple, and blue. By contrast, a gravel courtyard is enclosed and intimate. The color scheme of the planting beds surrounding the courtyard is yellow, red, and orange.

2017 Magnolia Award Presented to Piattini Wine Cafe

At this year’s Garden Club of the Back Bay Twilight Garden Party in June at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston, The Club’s Magnolia Award was given to Piattini Cafe on Newbury Street, honoring the outstanding garden personally planted and tended by the owner, Josephine Megwa.  By renewing the plantings seasonally, Piattini promotes both civic beauty and the education of the public.  The many colorful planters are an inspiration to other businesses on Newbury Street and to our community.

Kassie Foss of Onion Hill Designs created the original artwork. The painting depicts the three different types of Magnolias planted by the Garden Club of the Back Bay over the past fifty years. The Saucer Magnolias that blossom each spring along Commonwealth Avenue are the result of a project organized by Club member Laura Dwight in 1963. The Club repeated the project in 1995 with forty-five additional ‘Leonard Messel’ Magnolias. In celebration of the Garden Club’s 50th anniversary in 2013, fifty ‘Moonglow’ Magnolias were planted in the Back Bay and in the city of Boston, continuing this tradition into the 21st century.

The Magnolia Award is given to recognize a person or organization whose civic activities parallel and celebrate the mission of the Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc.

  • Promote civic beauty in our community
  • Improve, advance and encourage horticultural improvements
  • Advocate for the street trees of the Back Bay
  • Educate the public in the art of gardening and keeping our community green


Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Roaring Twenties Lawn Party

The Trustees in association with Boston Swing Central will host the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich, for two glittering days on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.

The Lawn Party harkens back to the Jazz Age, the era in which the mansion at Castle Hill was built. The event will feature twenties and thirties jazz, swing dance lessons, Charleston performances, lawn games, a vintage fair, and house tours.

Attendees are encouraged to come in twenties-style dress and bring a picnic supper or pick up supper from an on-site vendor. Pre-ordered picnic suppers will be available from Ferreira Foods

Beer, wine, and hard cider vendors will be on hand to quench guests’ thirst. $40 for 1 day, $70 for 2 days (students, seniors, Trustees members $32/$52), children under 10 free. Parking $10 per car. Tickets available at

Wednesday, August 9, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 63rd Annual Nantucket House and Garden Tour

The Nantucket Garden Club, Inc., a Member of The Garden Club of America, Inc., announces its 63rd Annual House and Garden Tour on August 9, from 11 – 4, rain or shine. All proceeds support Nantucket conservation efforts, fund scholarships to Nantucket High School graduates, and award grants to Island non profits. Tickets sold at every house and on Main Street the day of the tour. Advance ticket sales (cash or check) the week before the event at G S Hill Gallery on Straight Wharf or Sconset Rotary (11 am to 2 pm), Bartlett’s Farm (10 am to 2 pm) and on Main Street (10 am to 2 pm).

Credit cards may be used for purchase at the Main Street location.

Advance tickets may also be purchased on line by clicking the “Purchase 2017 House Tour Tickets On Line” tab on on until midnight, August 7, 2017. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price $60.

The Nantucket Garden Club, Inc. is a registered, non-profit corporation which is exempt from US Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. If you have questions, please email  Image from

Tuesday, August 1, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Walk for Renewables: Back Bay Gas Pipeline?

The Boston Clean Energy Coalition, which includes Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club, HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) and the Green Committee of the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay (NABB), is sponsoring a Walk for Renewables on Tuesday, August 1 from noon – 1 pm. The walk will start at the Dartmouth Street entrance to the Boston Public Library and continue to The Fountain at the Christian Science Church Plaza. Suggested dress: dogs on leash, decorated strollers, bathing suits for kids (optional), navy or black or green t-shirts. Free water and lemonade will be available. For more information visit  Below is a map of one proposed location for the pipeline.

Thursday, August 3, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Contemplating the Zen Garden

Be immersed in peacefulness as you explore Tenshin-en, the “Garden of the Heart of Heaven” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Thursday, August 3 from 6 – 7:30. This evening includes a talk on the history and design of this serene setting, followed by a mindful walking meditation. Participants are also encouraged to bring materials to sketch in the garden. The session will be led by Karen Haley, building groups manager, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and by
Susan Pollak, psychologist, artist, mindfulness teacher, and bestselling author

Tickets cost $40 for MFA members | $50 non-members. To purchase tickets and/or to learn more about the program, please visit

Saturday, September 9, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Garden Study Weekend VII Symposium: The Exuberant Garden

Be inspired by a day long symposium on Saturday, September 9 at the Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road in Washington, Connecticut,

Jacqueline van der Kloet – The celebrated Dutch landscape designer will talk about Magical Mixes in the garden. She is known world wide for her innovative designs and her artful combinations of perennials and bulbs in the garden, She has worked on projects ranging from private gardens and city parks to national and international flower exhibitions. She is also the author of nine books, including Colour Your Garden. In this talk Jacqueline will show us her own garden in Weesp as well as her many international projects.

Tom Coward – Tom will speak on leading the restoration of William Robinson’s legendary gardens at Gravetye Manor, where he has been the head gardener in Sussex, England since 2010. Previously he was assistant head gardener at Great Dixter, working under Fergus Garrett. The gardens at Gravetye Manor were first developed in the 1880’s by the legendary gardener William Robinson, who wrote some of the most influential gardening books of his generation, and used the landscape at Gravetye to put his ideas into practice. Over the past seven years Coward has led a team working to restore the historical detail of the site, renovating the garden to its former glory while attempting to move it forward into the modern age.

Andrew Bunting – Andrew Bunting, Assistant Director and Director of Collections at Chicago Botanic Garden, is an expert on woody plants and author on Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias. Prior to coming to Chicago, he was curator at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College, and is past President of the Magnolia Society International. Andrew will describe the many and diverse magnolias that can be cultivated in the Northeast.

Jane Garmey– Jane is a noted author and passionate gardener, author of Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, and Private Gardens of Connecticut. She will speak on A Sense of Place: Challenges, Approaches and Solutions to Creating Gardens. She has also written about gardens for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her newest book, City Green, will be published next year. In this talk she will give us an inside look at a wide variety of private gardens and will focus on the challenges facing those who set out to make their own gardens and show how inventive and individual their solutions can be.

The symposium is moderated by Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at New York Botanical Garden.

Each reservation includes continental breakfast and lunch at the symposium and cocktails and preview buying at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants at Hollister House Garden. The Heritage Hotel has reserved a block of rooms for symposium attendees ($129 + tax) per night. To reserve please call 203-264-8200 and mention Hollister House Garden to secure this special rate.

Patron $500 – includes invitation to the speaker dinner on Friday evening at Hollister House Garden and reserved seating at the symposium. ($200 of this ticket is tax deductible)
Friend $185 – HHG and Garden Conservancy members
Non-members $200
No cancellations after August 1. To register, visit