Wednesday, June 14, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Dale Chihuly at The New York Botanical Garden

Join the staff of Berkshire Botanical Garden and landscape architect David Dew Bruner for a special tour of the New York Botanical Garden at the height of its early summer bloom. In addition to the amazing gardens and plant specimens (with expert plant advice provided by BBG staff), this trip is scheduled to view the much anticipated installations created specifically for NYBG’s landscape and architecture by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. David Dew Bruner, an award-winning landscape architect and fine artist, will be our tour guide for this portion of the trip. He will show us the dramatic installations inspired by Chihuly’s exploration of the contrast between glass and environment. Physical expressions of the light, the Chihuly works will be distributed across NYBG’s 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape, including within the Garden’s Haupt Conservatory, itself considered a work of glass art. This trip, a great way to spend a day with like-minded garden and art lovers, is not to be missed.

Coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly at 8am. Dress for the weather: comfortable, sturdy footwear and warm, waterproof outerwear, umbrella
Bring a bag lunch (limited access to a garden cafe is available at the entrance to NYGB for those wishing to purchase lunch). $120 BBG members, $130 nonmembers. Register at www.berkshirebotanical.org.


Sunday, June 11, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation: Preparing for Boston’s Uncertain Future

How should communities build resilience for dealing with weather and climate-related hazards in the coming decades? On Sunday, June 11 from 9 – 4, participants will use visualizations to explore potential vulnerabilities to our infrastructures, social networks, and ecosystems from sea level rise and extreme precipitation events, then discuss potential strategies for addressing these threats, focusing on the priorities and needs of relevant stakeholders. At the event’s conclusion, participants will make recommendations for increasing Boston’s community resilience. The event takes place at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Apply to participate in this free day-long forum. The event is designed to gather the opinions of a diverse range of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. You don’t need to have knowledge about the topic to be selected. This project is supported by a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant. In collaboration with Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology.

For application and more information: ecastonline.org/climate/boston


Saturday, May 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of the Northeast

On Saturday, May 6 at 10 am, the Berkshire Botanical Garden will sponsor a program on Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers of the Northeast.
Starting with a lecture highlighting the wildflowers of New England’s natural habitats, including alpine summits, forests, meadows, wetlands, and coastal environments, Garden in the Wood’s staff botanist Ted Elliman will also take the class on an optional walking tour of Stockbridge’s Ice Glen, just minutes down the road. Based on Elliman’s research for his book, The Wildflowers of New England, the talk will focus on spring-flowering plants that will be in (or almost in) bloom in the forests and meadows of the Berkshires. After the lecture, attendees can have their books signed by the author, before heading off to hike the trails of the Ice Glen, where he will identify the plants along the path of the mossy ravine and answer any questions about the local flora.

Ted Elliman has worked for the New England Wild Flower Society as a staff botanist, invasive species program manager, and as an instructor of botany, ecology, and conservation classes. His book, The Wildflowers of New England, an identification guide to much of the region’s native flora, was published in 2016 by Timber Press. In the 1980’s, Ted started and directed an environmental education and wilderness adventure center in the Berkshires. Since the mid-1990’s, he has periodically led natural history tours to southwest China, where he worked for two years as a teacher and forest ecologist.

Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting. BBG members $15, nonmembers $20. Register online at www.berkshirebotanical.org.  Photo from www.yourgardensanctuary.com.


Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 pm – Building Old Cambridge

Old Cambridge is the traditional name of the once-isolated community that grew up around the early settlement of Newtowne, which served briefly as the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and then became the site of Harvard College. This abundantly illustrated volume from the Cambridge Historical Commission traces the development of the neighborhood as it became a suburban community and bustling intersection of town and gown. Based on the city’s comprehensive architectural inventory and drawing extensively on primary sources, Building Old Cambridge considers how the social, economic, and political history of Old Cambridge influenced its architecture and urban development.

Old Cambridge was famously home to such figures as the proscribed Tories William Brattle and John Vassall; authors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and William Dean Howells; publishers Charles C. Little, James Brown, and Henry O. Houghton; developer Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a founder of Bell Telephone; and Charles Eliot, the landscape architect. Throughout its history, Old Cambridge property owners have engaged some of the country’s most talented architects, including Peter Harrison, H. H. Richardson, Eleanor Raymond, Carl Koch, and Benjamin Thompson.

The authors, Susan Maycock and her husband Charles Sullivan, explore Old Cambridge’s architecture and development in the context of its social and economic history; the development of Harvard Square as a commercial center and regional mass transit hub; the creation of parks and open spaces designed by Charles Eliot and the Olmsted Brothers; and the formation of a thriving nineteenth-century community of booksellers, authors, printers, and publishers that made Cambridge a national center of the book industry. Finally, they examine Harvard’s relationship with Cambridge and the community’s often impassioned response to the expansive policies of successive Harvard administrations.

Susan and Charles will speak at Porter Square Books on Wednesday, May 10 beginning at 7 pm. For more information visit www.portersquarebooks.com.


Thursday, May 11, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – CitySprouts – Dig It!

CitySprouts introduces school gardens as a core element of children’s public education. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society partners with public schools to ensure that hands-on learning, environmental stewardship and the experience of growing and eating healthy food become part of every child’s life.
Join them for an evening of fun, food, and silent auction to celebrate garden-based learning in Boston and Cambridge Public Schools. Help pollinate garden-based learning! For more information visit www.citysprouts.org, or call Andrea at 617-876-2436.


Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – On the Wing

What do you get from a bird-lover who is a materials science engineer? A close look at feathers. In this talk, Lorna Gibson, PhD, Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will speak  at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum about the microscopic structure of feathers and explain how their structure makes hummingbirds feathers iridescent, ducks feathers water repellent and owl ruff feathers collectors of sound.  Free, registration requested.  Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.


Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Soirée on Beacon Hill

The Beacon Hill Garden Club invites you to celebrate spring at the Second Annual Soirée on Beacon Hill, on Wednesday, May 17 from 5 – 8 in the historic garden of the King’s Chapel Parish House. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, a raw bar, and preview three of the gardens to be featured on The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour the following day.  To purchase tickets ($150 per person)  visit http://gardensoiree.eventbrite.com – space is limited and last year’s event sold out quickly.  Proceeds encourage the love of horticulture and urban gardening, improve the urban landscape, and provide direct financial support to organizations dedicated to conservation, the environment, and civic improvement.  Thanks to sponsors Fiduciary Trust Company and The Catered Affair.


Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm – The Outer Beach

Those who have encountered Cape Cod or merely dipped into an account of its rich history know that it is a singular place. Robert Finch writes of its beaches: No other place I know sears the heart with such a constant juxtaposition of pleasure and pain, of beauty being born and destroyed in the same moment. And nowhere within its borders is this truth more vivid and dramatic than along the forty miles of Atlantic coast what Finch has always known as The Outer Beach. The essays here represent nearly fifty years and a cumulative thousand miles of walking along the storied edge of the Cape’s legendary arm.

Finch considers evidence of nature’s fury: shipwrecks, beached whales, towering natural edifices, ferocious seaside blizzards. And he ponders everyday human interactions conducted in its environment with equal curiosity, wit, and insight: taking a weeks-old puppy for his first beach walk; engaging in a nocturnal dance with one of the Cape’s fabled lighthouses; stumbling, unexpectedly, upon nude sunbathers; or even encountering out-of-towners hoping an Uber will fetch them from the other side of a remote dune field.

Throughout these essays, Finch pays tribute to the Outer Beach’s impressive literary legacy, meditates on its often-tragic history, and explores the strange, mutable nature of time near the ocean. But lurking behind every experience and observation both pivotal and quotidian is the essential question that the beach beckons every one of its pilgrims to confront: How do we accept our brief existence here, caught between overwhelming beauty and merciless indifference?

Finch’s affable voice, attentive eye, and stirring prose will be cherished by the Cape’s staunch lifers and erstwhile visitors alike, and strike a resounding chord with anyone who has been left breathless by the majestic, unrelenting beauty of the shore. He will speak and sign copies of his book on Tuesday, May 9 at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge, beginning at 7 pm. For more information visit www.portersquarebooks.com.

 


Monday, May 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods

A green forum on Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods will take place Monday, May 1 beginning at 6:30 pm at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street in Back Bay.  Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Green Committee, Mothers Out Front: Downtown, and the Ellis Neighborhood Association, the event will feature great speakers with a brief question and answer period, a fun “artistic” interlude to capitalize on the setting at The Lyric Stage, and an opportunity to engage with many advocacy groups taking action on clean energy initiatives.  Free, but tickets must be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-forum-supporting-clean-energy-healthy-neighborhoods-tickets-32991323938


Saturday, May 6, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, May 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Daffodil Show

The Seven States Daffodil Society presents a Daffodil Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Saturday, May 6 from 1-5, and Sunday, May 7 from 10 – 4.  Free with admission to the garden.