Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Topology: On Sensing and Conceiving Landscape

The invention of landscape has always oscillated between a history of beliefs in nature, with its many representations, and a history of terrain measurements through various techniques of appropriation. In his talk sponsored by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design on Wednesday, November 12, from 6:30 – 8 in the Piper Auditorium of Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street in Cambridge, Christophe Girot will consider the longstanding balance between culture and its instruments for sensing and conceiving a landscape, noting that the particular representation of landscape that we hold true today has roots in the dialogue between ars and techne that has characterized every epoch. The aim of this talk and discussion is to open a window on topology’s shifting point of view with regard to this form of interdependence that will considerably affect our ability to act and perform effectively on landscape’s reality. Girot is chair of Landscape Architecture at the Institute of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zürich.

For accessibility accommodations please contact the events office two weeks in advance at (617)-496-2414 or  Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 15, 1:00 pm – The Art and Science of the Unfeathered Bird

Imagine that you could see beneath the fluff and feather of a bird to view bone and muscle in action. What would this perspective reveal about movement, structure, and evolution? The Unfeathered Bird is a magnum opus, twenty-five years in the making, that features 385 finely-rendered drawings and paintings of 200 bird species. In a Harvard Museum of Natural History program intended for artists, scientists, and bird lovers alike, Katrina van Grouw will explain her approach to preparing and drawing the specimens featured in her book and share her insights into bird anatomy and biomechanics.

Lecture and Book Signing will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 15, in Haller Hall of the Museum.  Enter at 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge. Regular museum admission rates apply. Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach

Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach is an Ecological Landscaping Alliance webinar scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, from 1 – 2, which will cover simple stormwater management strategies for residential properties that encourage infiltration of runoff on site, thus reducing pollutant loads to surface waters. Line drawings illustrate how a degraded lakeshore property can be transformed to an attractive and highly functional site. With simple observations, ecologically-based design and low impact maintenance practices, you can protect, and even improve, the quality of our water resources. The presentation draws strongly on a New England sense of place, but the principals apply no matter where you live. We are all connected to the water cycle and we all live in a watershed where your actions matter.

Dr. Catherine Neal is an Extension Professor and Specialist in Landscape Horticulture at the Univ. of New Hampshire. She develops and conducts training in sustainable landscape practices that enhance biodiversity and protect our soil and water resources. Her areas of expertise include rain garden design and installation, pollinator habitat and meadow establishment strategies for New England. She is author of several fact sheets and books including Landscaping at the Water’s Edge, available online at
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Friday, November 14, 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm – STORMISE – An Initiative to Manage Trees and Forests for Storm Resilience

Mark Rudnicki, Associate Professor, Forest Ecology, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut will speak on Friday, November 14, from 12:20 pm in Room 305, University of Massachusetts/Amherst’s Department of Environmental Conservation, 160 Holdsworth Way in Amherst.  His topic is STORMISE – An Initiative to Manage Trees and Forests for Storm Resilience.  Dr. Rudnicki is interested in understanding the mechanisms that govern forest stand dynamics.  In particular, he is interested in catastrophic and chronic wind interactions with forest ecosystems, and in quantifying tree sway in the wind and effects of sway on tree growth and canopy architecture. For more information call 413-545-2665.  Image from

Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2 – Orchid Passion: Yesterday and Today

The Massachusetts Orchid Society will present Orchid Passion: Yesterday and Today at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Friday, October 31 from 1 – 5, Saturday, November 1 from 9 – 5, and Sunday, November 2 from 9 – 4.  Free with admission to the Garden.  See incredible displays of blooming orchids, floral arrangements, vignettes, and original artwork featuring orchids.  Educational programs and demonstrations, show and garden tours, a raffle, and a large sales area to stock up on orchid plants, supplies and more, will be featured.  For more information visit

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Saturday, November 8, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Woodlands Restoration of Daisy Field

Help the Emerald Necklace Conservancy implement a comprehensive woodlands management program ranging from the removal of invasive plant species to the conditioning of the forest soil to promote a healthier forest, on Saturday, November 8, from 10 – 1 at Daisy Field at Olmsted Park, Willow Pond Road in Boston.  For complete information call 617-522-2700.

From the Archives – Front Yard Contest

In 1968, The Garden Club of the Back Bay co-sponsored the Fourth Annual Front Yard Contest with the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. The judges were Jay J. Stinson,  Muriel Crossman, and Henry Wendler, all of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. More than thirty entries were received. Winners in four of the six classes were:

F.P. Hatch, caretaker for the Newman Preparatory School on Marlborough Street, pictured below, for the best front yard of a church, club or school receiving professional care.

Mrs. Edward Rose, 400 Beacon Street, for best use of evergreens, shrubs, trees or vines in a front yard.

Mrs. Gordon Hanlon, 334 Marlborough Street, for best use of flowers.

Chi Phi, 32 Hereford Street, for Best Fraternity.

Class I, Best Lawn, had only “one poor entry” and no prize was given.  Class IV, Best Evergreen Ground Cover, Paved or Pebbled Area was also bypassed.  The prizes were subscriptions to Horticulture Magazine.

Boston’s First Permanent Indoor Farmers’ Market Announced

The Trustees of Reservations and the Boston Public Market announced an important new partnership that will bring the Trustee’s experience and expertise in community programming to the planned public market slated to open in summer 2015.

Within the Market, an area devoted to outreach and programming, will be managed and staffed by the Trustees of Reservations, offering year-round educational opportunities for customers of the Market, residents, and visitors. The programs presented and produced by the Trustees and delivered with a diverse set of non-profit partners will address culinary education, health and nutrition, youth engagement, sustainability and conservation, and will include programing such as chef-led cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, market tours, and workshops.

“The Trustees of Reservations have a strong commitment to connecting people with locally grown food,” said Governor Duval Patrick. “They are an invaluable partner for the Boston Public Market’s outreach programs and will help ensure the success of this exciting new civic institution.”

The agreement is the culmination of an ongoing collaboration between The Trustees and the Boston Public Market and constitutes the first significant non-profit partnership announcement for the Market as it nears its opening date. The two organizations have worked together to raise funds for the design and build-out of the market, especially the demonstration kitchen which will serve as an educational hub.

“Creating a public market is most importantly about the people: the ones who will grow and produce the food, and the ones who will come to enjoy, eat, and celebrate all that New England offers,” said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. “The Trustees has a proven track record of attracting, educating, and engaging people across Massachusetts about local food, agriculture, and healthy lifestyles, and we are pleased to have them as a founding partner.”

“Serving as the program partner of the market allows the Trustees to bring our knowledge about connecting people to places and ideas in a meaningful way for the Commonwealth,” said Barbara Erickson, President and CEO, Trustees of Reservations. “We believe that the new Boston Public Market will highlight the best of Massachusetts and New England agriculture, nature, and fisheries through a vibrant civic center. These ideas are core to the Trustees’ work so it’s only appropriate that we be a key partner in helping bring this place to life.”

The Trustees’ programming at the Boston Public Market will reach a broad range of visitors and residents. The Trustees currently offers around 900 public programs on about 60 of its 113 reservations annually, but the new arrangement with the Public Market constitutes the first time the organization will offer programming on a site that is not its own reservation. Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, the Trustees has offered a regular selection of walks, talks, hikes, classes, workshops, tours, and performances to its many visitors, members, neighbors, and community groups as part of its effort to get more people to enjoy and experience its growing portfolio of sites. Annually, the organization estimates that it has more than 1.2 million visitors on its reservations and about 250,000 attending its public programs.

Historically, the Trustees has protected over 200 farm properties, including the nation’s oldest, Appleton Farms, and the organization is the largest private farm-land owner in the Commonwealth. Recently the Trustees began to see its properties as ways to help facilitate healthy connections to locally grown food. In the last 15 years, the organization has begun to focus on building a sustainable food system and is actively involved in community supported agriculture (CSA), farm stands, pantry donation, “food by prescription,” apprenticeships, day camps, and a full-fledged dairy operation. Last year, it launched Appleton Cooks, a culinary based program out of a demonstration kitchen at Appleton Farms and this fall has opened Powisset Cooks, a similar program at Powisset Farm in Dover.

The Boston Public Market will be a permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh locally-sourced food brought directly to and from the diverse people that make up Massachusetts and New England. The market’s permanent, indoor location on the Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station is slated to open next year. The Boston Public Market currently runs two seasonal farmers markets each year along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, featuring over 30 local producers.

Thursday, October 30, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Biodiversity and Land Conservation at the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

The overall goal of the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is the protection of the state’s wide range of native biological diversity, particularly the vertebrate and invertebrate animals and native plants that are officially listed as rare in Massachusetts. The talk by Patricia Swain, Ph.D., Natural Community Ecologist on Thursday, October 30, at noon, will focus on conservation through identifying, tracking, managing, and regulating rare species and identifying and mapping NHESP priority natural communities. Land use history, climate change, and other influences on native biodiversity will be part of the discussion.

Patricia Swain’s job as natural community ecologist for NHESP means working state wide with the rarest and most imperiled natural communities in Massachusetts and the best examples of the more common types. Patricia is currently revising The Classification of Natural Communities of Massachusetts that was first produced in 2001; since then they have been adding new types and adjusting the original descriptions so that a clean version (with illustrations and a key) seems like a useful product. Patricia has been the Natural Community Ecologist for MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program since 1987. Before that she was a stay at home mom and part time academic, teaching occasional ecology and biology classes at the local university and technical college. She graduated from Tufts with a Biology major, and obtained her MS and PhD degrees in Ecology from the University of Minnesota.

Lunch & Learn lectures take place every Thursday from 12:00-1:00pm at the Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room on the Medford Campus during the academic year. The Tufts Institute of the Environment generously sponsors lunch. If you are interested in participating in the Lunch & Learn program as a guest lecturer/participant, contact You can’t make it to the talk? No problem! Watch it live here from your computer or smart phone.  Photo by Patricia Swain.

Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Tablescapes for the Holidays

Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd will create six floral designs, both formal and informal, for fall and winter holidays. Table settings with linens, dishes, glasses and napkins will accompany the arrangements and reflect the desired celebration. This Needham Garden Club program will take place Tuesday, November 18, from 10 – 11:30.  If you wish to attend, and for information on the venue, contact: Bonnie Waters, Program Chair at Image from

Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm – The 18th Great Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show & Sale

The GCC Pioneer Valley Institute once again brings you its wonderful annual Gem and Mineral Show with talks, demonstrations, videos, and a dozen or more vendors selling fossils, minerals, gems and jewelry.  The Jurassic Road Show will be there, too. Free admission at the GCC Dining Commons, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts.  For more information visit

My Garden Through The Year

The Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design has created a garden journal for the thoughtful gardener, beginner or seasoned.  This beautiful garden journal lists gardening tasks month by month.  Add your own maintenance notes to personalize and record your horticultural observations.  My Garden Through the Year is available exclusively through COGdesign for $20 each.  You may mail payment to COGdesign, PO Box 380275, Cambridge, MA 02238 – for a single journal, add $5 for shipping and handling.  For orders of two or more journals, add $2.50 for each additional journal.  Or, pay with PayPal at

COGdesign is a non-profit service organization offering:

quality landscape design for community-based groups;
meaningful professional experience for student and practicing landscape designers;
volunteer opportunities for those interested in strengthening communities by creating and improving neighborhood green spaces.

Monday, November 3, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – The Elegant Eggplant

Certain vegetables have a majestic quality to them that requires you to address them with a level of respect. The staff of Sofra Bakery feels that way about eggplant, and they’re fascinated with the many dishes you can prepare from the eggplant. With so many fresh varieties from the farm, eggplant has many delicious and versatile preparations. The eggplant has such a rich texture, it can be used as a great meat/poultry alternative for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Dive in with Oleana Chef de Cuisine Cara Chicazola-Tobin as she prepares some Imam Bayildi (whole braised Turkish Eggplant), Zaalouk (Moroccan Eggplant Salad), and Eggplant Fatteh (Casserole) with Yogurt Sauce. Silky, sweet and creamy eggplant is a staple in Mediterranean cooking. The class will take place at Sofra, 1 Belmont Street, Cambridge on Monday, November 3 from 6:30 – 9. Registration: $110. Register on line through Eventbrite at

Saturday, November 8, 2:00 pm – Eight Extraordinary Years of Scientific Travel: Alfred Russel Wallace’s Malay Archipelago

The Harvard Museum of Natural History will host Andrew Berry, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, on Saturday, November 8, beginning at 2 pm in Haller Hall (entrance at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge.) Alfred Russel Wallace, who co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin, was a remarkable scientist-explorer. His eight years of travel in Southeast Asia (1854–1862) greatly influenced his scientific thinking and resulted in the discovery of thousands of new species, as well as a wonderful account of his journeys, The Malay Archipelago. To celebrate the release of a new edition of this classic work, Andrew Berry will tell Wallace’s extraordinary story, discussing how the book originated and how it shaped future generations of scientific travel. Regular Museum admission rates apply, and enjoy free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Sunday, November 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk

Join Blithewold Mansion’s fun and informal plant walks, each of which will get you familiar with the plants and trees spread over Blithewold’s 33 acres of lawns and gardens. Led by members of the talented professional horticultural staff, this introductory, easy-paced walk covers a variety of topics. You will enjoy learning about various plants, garden topics, habitats, and seasons at Blithewold. Your guide will introduce you to perhaps new-to-you gardening techniques, trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants as well. People of all ages and levels of gardening experience are welcome. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet. The Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk will take place Sunday, November 2, from 1 – 2:30 pm, at the Gardens at 101 Ferry Road, in Bristol, Rhode Island.  $5 for Blithewold members, admission plus $5 for nonmembers.  For more information and directions visit

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Olmsted Lecture: On the Theoretical and Practical Development of Landscape Architecture

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design will present its Olmsted Lecture on Tuesday, October 28, from 6:30 – 8 in the Piper Auditorium of Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street in Cambridge.  The speaker will be Joseph Disponzio, and his topic is On the Theoretical and Practical Development of Landscape Architecture.

Exploring the transformation of the modeling of land from garden-making to landscape architecture, this lecture by Joseph Disponzio will establish the intellectual origins of landscape architecture in relation to the new garden practices that emerged during the 18th century, and the texts that codified these practices, amid Enlightenment-era changes in the understanding of nature. Disponzio is Preservation Landscape Architect for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and Director of the Landscape Design program at Columbia University. He has taught at several institutions, published widely on garden history from the 18th century to the present, and is currently writing introductions for an edition of N. Vergnaud’s L’Art de créer les jardins (1835) and a translation of Jean-Marie Morel’s Théorie des jardins (1776).

For accessibility issues, please contact the events office two weeks in advance at (617)-496-2414 or Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Beginning Orchid Growing Workshop

You don’t need a greenhouse to grow orchids. On Saturday, November 8, learn the essentials to achieve success on your windowsill. The Beginning Orchid Growing Workshop will be held at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street in Waltham, from 10 – 12, and the fee to participate is $25. Registration is required at 781-891-1985, or visit Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman teaches the best methods for lighting, watering, fertilization, repotting, and selection. Picture from

UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Test Lab

UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Test Lab has moved.  On September 16, the Lab moved from West Experiment Station to a newly renovated space in Paige Laboratory on the UMass Amherst campus. Orders sent to the old address will be automatically forwarded to the new address:

UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab
203 Paige Laboratory
161 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9286

Turnaround times may be affected by the move. For questions, contact the lab by phone at 413-545-2311, or by email at

Thursday, October 30, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – The Japanese Kimono – Now and Then

The Japan Society of Boston and the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia present The Japanese Kimono – Now and Then, on Thursday, October 30, from 7 – 10 at the Boston University Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, Ninth Floor, One Silber Way in Boston.  Performance and reception to follow.  Free and open to the public.  Welcome a delegation from one of the leading kimono schools in Japan, who will present a retrospective of kimono styles, from modern to ancient.  Performance will be from 7 – 8:30 in the Ballroom, and the reception, from 8:30 – 10, will be in the Lounge.  Sponsored by The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan.

Wednesday, November 5, 1:30 pm – Food of the Gods: Chocolate Production from Bean to Bar

This Wednesday, November 5 talk by Wellesley College Botanic Garden fellow Katie Goodall will explore the journey of chocolate from tropical landscapes to consumers all over the world.  Focusing on Latin America, she will discuss cacao’s botanical origins, cultural history, cultivation methods, and their ecological impacts.  And what’s a chocolate talk without a tasting?  Be sure to come (1:30 pm at the Visitor’s Center of the Botanic Garden) ready to savor the flavors of local specialty chocolates. Image from  WCBG Friends free, nonmembers $10.  Register by calling 781-283-3094 or email

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