Holiday Wreaths 2016 – Ordering Begins

We know you may be rolling your eyes, but yes, it’s only October, and yes, we are gearing up for Wreath Season.  Soon our order forms will be in the mail to those of you who have purchased wreaths during the past two years, and our on-line wreath store will be taking orders as well.  For those of you who prefer to purchase by mail, email and we will attach a form to our reply for you to print, or mail one to you if you wish.  Wreath sales constitute our second biggest fund raising effort each year, second only to the Twilight Garden Party, and your support helps us fund our tree care projects throughout the neighborhood.  Wreaths will be ready for pick up or delivery (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End) December 7 and 8. Wreaths come in two sizes, standard (approximately 22″ wide once fluffed) and large (approximately 30″ wide from tip to tip), and may be ordered plain, with a bow, or fully decorated.  Fully decorated wreaths are only available in standard size.  We also have red or white poinsettias for sale. In future posts you will see pictures of many custom designed wreaths, but if you’re curious now, search “Wreath of the Day” on our website, or click on the links to pictures from past years on the Wreath Store page. No two wreaths are ever alike, unless you order a matched pair, and you’ll have input into colors and styles, or can just leave it to us. Only 125 fully decorated wreaths are offered, and we have sold out each year, so don’t delay.


Wednesdays, November 2 – 16, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Horticultural Techniques

Good horticultural practices form the backbone of any successful garden and understanding how to apply these practices is the first step toward becoming a horticulturist. Learn how to select the right plant for the right place and how to plant and care for native plants. Participants in this three part New England Wild Flower Society class, to be held Wednesdays from 10 – 3 beginning November 2 at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, will study the proper techniques for transplanting, soil preparation, mulching, watering, pruning, maintenance, winterizing the garden, and preparing it for spring. Bring a bag lunch. $225 for NEWFS members, $270 for nonmembers. Register online at

Saturday, November 5, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon – Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins: An Introduction to the Shelled Reptiles

Using preserved specimens from Harvard University’s Herpetology collection, as well as live animals, participants in this Harvard Museum of Natural History class on Saturday, November 5 from 9:30 – noon will learn basic turtle anatomy, determine the primary characteristics of the most common turtle families, consider the unique adaptations of some individual species, and view several historically significant specimens. Participants can look closely at iconic specimens, including a Galápagos tortoise collected by a whaler in the Galápagos Islands in 1835, the same year of Charles Darwin’s visit there, and a turtle collected by Henry David Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts.  Instructor: Joe Martinez, Curatorial Assistant Herpetology Department Museum of Comparative Zoology

Fees: $40 Museum members/$50 nonmembers.  Register online at

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Urban Gardening Series: Native Edibles

You don’t have to compromise; you can have plants in your garden that look beautiful, promote pollinators, and are edible. From ramps to fiddleheads and Jerusalem artichoke, our native flora is chock-full of tasty, landscape-worthy plants. Join Dan Jaffe on Wednesday, November 2 from 7 – 8:30 at the Cambridge Public Library for a talk on New England’s best edibles. Questions concerning conservation of rare edible species will be addressed.

This class is part of New England Wild Flower Society’s Urban Gardening Series, a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by Society staff in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these free classes take place at the Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA).

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Milk Street Vegetables

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Cooking School is part classroom, part playground and all kitchen. Join them for classes that will transform your home cooking. The school offers:

– Hands-on learning with expert teachers and peers
– Transformative flavor combinations, techniques and ingredient combinations
– Practical, relevant skills
– Encouragement to take risks and make mistakes (It’s the only way we learn!)

Vegetables are not “side dishes” anymore. Travel the world to discover big flavors from vegetables including hot oil-flashed chard with ginger, scallions and chili; Thai-style coleslaw with mint and cilantro; French grated carrot salad and charred Brussels sprouts.

This is a three-hour hands-on cooking class led by Milk Street Cooking School educators on Tuesday, November 1 from 6 – 9. Please note: some of the recipes in the class use fish sauce or anchovies. If you are a vegetarian, please let them know. $100 fee. To register online, and for more information on transportation, parking, and what to wear, go to

All classes take place in their downtown Boston kitchen at 177 Milk Street. Except for occasional child-parent workshops and classes for teens, the classes are for students 18 and older.

Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 pm – Birding in the Land of Midnight Sun

Iceland abounds in natural splendor: waterfalls and glaciers, panoramic views and otherworldly landscapes. It is a land of Northern Lights and midnight sun. And it is the realm of one of the world’s most charming and iconic birds: the Atlantic Puffin. But Iceland is home too much more. During the summer months, Iceland’s round the-clock sunlight draws in a panoply of birds: razorbills and guillemots, phalaropes and godwits, plovers and terns, all accompany the puffins in nesting frenzy. Come along with wildlife photographer and Mass Audubon instructor Shawn Carey on Wednesday, November 9 as he shares images and stories from his journey across Iceland, from the island of Flatey, to the bird cliffs of Latabarg, to the Reykjavik peninsula.  We’ll visit fjords, mountains, grasslands, and lava fields. And we’ll come face-to-face with Atlantic Puffins. So join The Athol Bird & Nature Club as we explore the wildlife and wonder of Iceland and discover why it’s a place no birder should miss. As usual, we will hold our annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Liberty Hall at the Athol Town Hall (584 Main St.), with the program at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required for the dinner and must be received by Tuesday, November 3. To reserve, call Cindy Hartwell at 978-544-5783, or email
She will call or email you back with a confirmation of your reservation. No reservations are necessary for the program. The event will also feature our always popular
tin can auctions; participants are encouraged to bring an item to donate.  Image from

Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, November 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Wonders of New England: A Standard Flower Show

Wonders of New England: A Standard Flower Show, will be held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on November 4, 5 and 6, from 10 – 5 on Friday and Saturday, and 10 – 4 on Sunday.  The show is sponsored by Central North and Central South Districts, Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in cooperation with the Worcester County Horticultural Society.  A complete schedule and rules may be found at under Flower Shows/Show information/Tower Hill.

Thursday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Fungi in the Field

This New England Wild Flower Society class for the beginning mushroom enthusiast will head right into the field to look for fungi. You will learn to identify mushrooms by finding their habitats. If you can find mushroom substrates, you can find mushrooms! Many of the species we’ll see will be very small—hidden under logs, in leaf litter, or in cracks in tree bark. Bring a hand lens and please note: this course is not focused on edibles. The class will be led by Lawrence Millman at Garden in the Woods in Framingham on Thursday, October 27 from 1 – 5. $38 for NEWFS members, $46 for nonmembers. Register online at

Saturday, October 29, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Dia de los Muertos Evening Celebration

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a festive benefit evening of music, food, and community. Remember departed ones in front of this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican food, and enjoy lively Mexican music, at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and the Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

Tickets are only available online at and must be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets: $20 members/$25 nonmembers.  Complimentary event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage from 5:00-11:00 PM.

Saturday, October 22, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Lost Gardens Showcase

Learn about some of our areas most prized gardens from the past as the Lost Gardens of Worcester County project shares photos, maps, planting lists, correspondence and diaries from gardens including the Allen Estate in Princeton, The Oaks in Worcester, Juniper Hall in Shrewsbury, and many more. Single class at Tower Hill Botanic Garden scheduled on 10/22/2016 at 1:00PM. Free, but registration recommended at  Image from