Sunday, September 14, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival

SBN’s Boston Local Food Festival is a deliciously free outdoor event that connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home. The Boston Local Food Festival is an event for all ages aimed to allow locals to taste and appreciate the variety of locally produced and harvested products grown right here in the Boston area! There will be live music performed by local musicians and fun activities for children. There will also be competitions (like the annual Seafood Throwdown, sponsored by NAMA) and demonstrations put on by local food experts.

The festival will provide access to healthy food for $6 or less, created with local ingredients. The goal of this event is to connect local farmers and producers to their consumers, strengthening the community and educating the locals in a delicious and informative way.

The festival has been endorsed by the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and several leading food organizations, businesses, and farms. We also have a goal of making this a Zero Waste event. In 2012, 91% of waste was diverted from landfills!The event will take place from 11 – 5 on Sunday, September 14 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, near the Aquarium T stop, in Boston.  For more information on the Sustainable Business Network visit

Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Tastes of the Garden: Cultural Fusion Cuisine

Join the Boston Natural Areas Network and the East Boston YMCA on Tuesday, August 5, from 5:30 – 7 for a delicious evening of cooking. Explore different techniques for fusion cooking with a focus on local produce, while learning how to add new flavor to summer favorites! Registration required, limited space. To register call 617-542-7696 or email The event will take place at the Ashley Street East Boston YMCA at 54 Ashley Street in East Boston.  Image of Egyptian salad from

Tuesdays, September 9 – November 18, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – MMGA Home Horticulture Series

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association announces the MMGA Home Horticulture Series: The More You Know, The More You Can Grow!  This program is a ten-week evening class taught by Master Gardeners that will provide a comprehensive introduction to horticulture, giving home gardeners a foundation for enhancing their skills.  Topics to be covered include Nomenclature, Propagation, Turf & Alternatives, Soil, Botany, Weed Ecology, Vegetable Culture, Diseases & Pests, Perennial Culture, Woody Plants, and Pruning.  The Fall Session will take place Tuesday evenings, September 9 – November 18, from 6:30 – 8 at Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley.  The cost for the program is $250, due upon registration.  For more information, visit

Through September 14, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – La couleur du vent

The North Bennet Street School, the New England Guild of Book Workers, and the American Academy of Bookbinding present an exhibition in the Windgate Gallery at 150 North Street in Boston now through September 14, Monday through Friday, 9 – 5, entitled La couleur du vent. ARA Canada in partnership with the École Estienne, organized an international exhibition of bookbinding that originated in Paris and traveled to Quebec City, Montreal and Trois-Rivières. This exhibit includes the work of fifty one binders. The invitation to participate was extended to former students of the Ecole Estienne in Paris and member bookbinders of ARA Canada.

The book selected for this project is titled La couleur du vent ( The color of the wind.)  It is a collection of poems by Gilles Vigneault, illustrated and designed by Nastassja Imiolek under the artistic direction of Cécile Côté. Visit the project website,, to see more.

Wednesday, October 8 – Friday, October 10 – Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Flower Show School Course I

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts will sponsor Flower Show School Course I: Growing, Staging, Exhibiting and Judging on October 8, 9 and 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 11 Beaver Street, Milford, Massachusetts.  Subjects to be covered will be Design, with Garden Club of the Back Bay member Kaye Vosburgh, Flower Show Procedure Parts I and II, with Barbara May, and Horticulture, with Catherine Felton.  The full course with exam is $120, and lunch each day is $17.  To print the registration form go to and click on “Flower School.”  For more information call Cathie Healy at 508-429-5055.

Mondays, October 6, November 3, and March 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Back to Basics: Designing Principles in Floral Design

Join the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts for a series of interactive programs with distinguished Massachusetts designers, demonstrating how to create designs, on Mondays, October 6, November 3, and March 23, at The Espousal Center, 554 Lexington Street in Waltham.  The classes will be held from 10 – 12, and the total fee for all three sessions is a mere $30.  Make check payable to GCFM, Inc. and mail it to Diane Bullock, 456 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, along with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and Garden Club name.


Wednesday, September 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Infusing Your Life with Herbs

Learn how to take simple culinary staples, such as butters, sugars, vinegars, liqueurs and more and transform them into something special with the addition of fresh herbs. Infuse your pantry as well as the rest of your home with the scents and colors of summer, adding a year-round herbal experience. Sample an array of herb-kissed food products, which will enliven your meals throughout the year, and begin your own herbal adventure. This Massachusetts Horticultural Society class will take place on Wednesday, September 10 from 1 – 3 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley. $20 for Mass Hort members, $25 for non-members. Register on line at, or call 617-933-4943.

Karen O’Brien runs her herbal business, The Green Woman’s Garden,, in the central MA town of Mendon. She has unusual herb plants, including medicinal, for sale, runs workshops on various herbal adventures, and occasionally participates at farmers markets and fairs.

She is the Development Chair of The Herb Society of America, currently serves as Chairman of the New England Unit of H.S.A., is Secretary of the International Herb Association, and is President of the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford.

A member of Garden Writers Association, she is the editor and contributing author to the latest Herb of the Year book on Artemisia, produced by the IHA.

Monday, September 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate

Spend Labor Day, Monday, September 1, at the Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton Street in Newton, with Dr. Christine Jones, Australian soil carbon scientist, as she speaks about Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate.  The program will run from 10 – 4, and the cost is $55 for NOFA members, $64 for non-members.  There will be a potluck lunch, so bring your favorite dish to pass, a drink mug, and a table setting.  Read about the speaker at  Topics include building soil carbon to improve production and farm viability, plant and livestock health and disease resistance, human nutrition, and climatic resilience on your farm or garden plot.

Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. According to Dr. Jones, photosynthesis operating at full capacity is the critical element in soil humification. Among the many benefits of high-humus soils are an abundance of soil micro-organisms which manage and make available to the plants a broad range of minerals; more effective water management; and more vibrant plant health through improved plant immunity. Dr. Jones’ work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists.

For more information, please contact NOFA/Mass Education Events Coordinator Jamie Lombardo at or (860) 966-6368.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Native Plants for Four Season Gardening

By carefully choosing trees, shrubs and perennials, we can have something of interest even in the coldest winter months! Wandflower, Galax urceolata, with its glossy foliage and rich green American holly, Ilex opaca, are just a couple of the plants that brighten the garden throughout the year. Don’t underestimate the charms of decorative bark, evergreen foliage, fruits, and dried leaves and flower stalks with a dusting of snow. Learn about some of the best native species, with an emphasis on fall and winter interest, and discuss design to ensure that your garden framework works well in the “off-season” as well as at the peak of bloom.

On Tuesday, September 16, from 6 – 8 pm, Laura Eisener will present a Cambridge Center for Adult Education class on Native Plants for Four-Season Gardening at 56 Brattle Street in Cambridge. The fee is $47, and you may register online at Galax picture below from the New York Botanical Garden.

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Create Your Own Tropical Terrarium

A fun, hands-on workshop, led by Art Scarpa of the Cactus and Succulent Society, will take place Saturday, September 27 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. Create a tropical terrarium using a heavy glass jar with lid and an assortment of miniature plants suitable for an east or north window or for growing under artificial light. Participants will learn how to care for the plants, how to choose soil mix ingredients, and how to landscape with decorative stones. All materials are provided.

Art was awarded Mass Hort’s Gold Medal in 2013 and has spoken at and led workshops at garden clubs and flower shows all over the Northeast.
He is a founder and past president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Massachusetts, and is certified as a judge by the Cactus & Succulent Society of America. Art has won multiple Best in Show awards for his entries at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, the Newport Flower Show and regional cactus and succulent shows.


Workshop Fee: Mass Hort Members $45, Non-Members $50.  Register on line at|427|430|433/create-your-own-tropical-terrarium?filter_reset=1.

Saturday, August 30 – Sunday, August 31, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm – Boston Arts Festival

The Boston Arts Festival (aka the Boston AHTS Festival) features the best of the Boston Arts Scene ‑ both visual & performance. Started in 2003 as a single afternoon event, the festival has expanded into a 2‑day celebration incorporating a diverse performing arts program & a specially built artists’ village. Based in the idyllic Christopher Columbus Park on Boston’s waterfront, the festivities glisten in perfect symmetry with the parks surroundings. This year the event takes place August 30 and 31, noon – 6 pm.  For more information visit

Saturday, September 6, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm – Boston Parks Count

On Saturday September 6, 2014, the Boston Public Health Commission, community stakeholders and over 300 volunteers will come together for the City of Boston’s first Parks Count.

Parks Count will track park usage to better understand who is using Boston’s parks, what features the parks are being used for, and establish measures for new community programs and health initiatives. Each park will have its own designated meeting space.

Parks Count volunteers will team up at entrances to each of the 10 selected parks and keep a running tally of visitors. As people leave the park, they will be invited to take a quick survey about park assets, interests and personal demographics. This information helps city and community officials understand why residents are using certain parks over others. Through this information, BPHC hopes to make a strong case to allocate more resources, initiatives and programs for Boston parks serving low-income and multi-ethnic residents.

Help us make this first ever Boston Parks Count a success by volunteering! Please contact: Jose Masso at or visit to sign up. You do not have to be a Boston Cares member to volunteer.

Volunteers will be paired up and will work in 2.5 hour shifts at select park entrances.

Volunteers can choose for the following parks:

1. Walker Playground (Mattapan)
2. Ramsay Park (South End)
3. Noyes Playground (East Boston)
4. Healy Playground (Roslindale)
5. Roberts Playground (Dorchester)
6. Ringer Playground (Brighton)
7. Smith Playground (Allston)
8. Ross Playground (Hyde Park)
9. Malcolm X (Roxbury)
10. Billings Field (West Roxbury)

To pick a park and sign up for a specific time, please visit Shifts run from 7:30 am – 6 pm, and the project is co-sponsored by the Boston Public Health Commission, the Franklin Park Coalition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, REACH Coalition, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Saturday, September 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Monarchs by Moonlight Gala

Please join Massachusetts Audubon Society President Henry Tepper and Sanctuary Director Carol Decker on Saturday, September 13 from 6 – 9 for a special evening gala and auction to benefit educational programming at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield.  Enjoy an intimate evening in the tent under the stars where you will dine on creative cuisine from Lantern Hill Catering of Topsfield, dance to live music with the Chuck Walker Trio, and participate in a very special silent and live auction run by auctioneer Aurelia Nelson of Northshore 104.9.  Tickets are $100, $250 (sponsor level,) and $1,000 for a reservation table for 8.  Contact Sue Ann Pearson at 978-887-9264 with questions, or buy tickets online at;jsessionid=A086657968391AA41C54D076E359AA3D.app271b?store_id=1961.

Wednesday, August 27, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – The Elusive Moth

On Wednesday, August 27, from 8 – 10, enjoy an evening at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, learning about and observing moths and other night flying insects with naturalists Dave Small and Sue Cloutier. They will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for these amazing animals, beginning indoors with an introduction to moths, followed by an evening of looking at moth attracting lights and baited trees. Bring your camera and flashlight. For all ages (children must be accompanied by adult). Free with admission to Tower Hill.  The male Imperial Moth pictured below is from the website

Now Through September 28 – Wilderness Kingdom: The Papercut Art of Adrienne Ginter

Adrienne Ginter is a Vermont based artist who works in a variety of mediums, including the beautifully intricate papercut artwork she will be exhibiting at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, through September 28. She received a Masters in Fine Arts, Painting from Boston University and has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the New England area. Adrienne has made publication appearances in Art New England, International Contemporary Artists, and Studio Visit Magazine. Adrienne was recently interviewed by “Other People’s Pixels” and featured on their blog. Adrienne recently participated in a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Exhibition is free with admission to Tower Hill.

Garden Club of the Back Bay Member Phyllis Hanes

The following obituary appeared today in the Boston Globe.

Phyllis Hanes passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Mass. General Hospital after a brief illness. Phyllis graduated from Kennebunk High School in Maine and won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied piano and cello. Always interested in the Culinary Arts, she began her early career in broadcasting with daily radio programs about nutrition and cooking which included a public service program during the 1940′s. In 1942, she married fellow broadcaster, Robert Codman Hanes, and resided in Boston’s West End with their son Robert Codman, Jr.

In 1955, she joined the Boston Herald Traveler as Fashion Editor for the next 20 years. After leaving The Herald, Phyllis joined The Christian Science Monitor where she was Editor and Writer for 25 years. Her weekly column gave Monitor readers in 144 countries a window to the world’s many cultures and cuisines. She traveled worldwide to report on food, covering spice markets in Marrakech, exploring produce markets in Helsinki and Beijing, and searching out culinary trends in Paris and Rome. Phyllis was recognized in the professional community as a widely experienced Food Writer and Critic whose articles always gave a sense of authenticity and insight to the pleasures of good eating. In 1994 she retired and was honored by Boston’s food community at an event chaired by Julia Child. She received proclamations from President Bill Clinton and Gov. Bill Weld and was made a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Gastronomy by Johnson & Wales University. It was at that time that a Scholarship was established in her name as well.

Phyllis continued to do free lance writing after her retirement and pursued her many interests including gardening. She was a member of The Mass Horticultural Society, The Fenway Garden Society, The American Garden Writers and was a Certified Master Gardener. Phyllis was active into her nineties and had been living in the West End. While there, she hosted many candidates for public office in order to introduce them to area residents. On August 22nd, Phyllis would have been 93 years old. Phyllis was the loving mother of Robert C. Hanes, Jr. and his wife Bonnie. She is also survived by her loving granddaughters, Melissa Kate Hanes of Jamaica Plain and Victoria Joyce Hanes of West Roxbury. Services will be private and interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Kennebunk, Maine. A Memorial celebrating Phyllis’ life is being planned and the date will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Phyllis Hanes may be made to Johnson & Wales University. Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home West Roxbury.
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 21, 2014 – See more at:


Saturday, January 10 – Monday, January 19 – The Best of Natural Hawaii: Oahu, The Big Island & Maui

Join friends of The Harvard Museum of Natural History as they explore three islands: Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui, each offering varied experiences and learning opportunities. Surrounded by ocean and formed by volcanic hot spots, Hawaii’s isolation and geological activity shape the islands’ biodiversity. With over 25,000 unique species, Hawaii is one of the planet’s most biologically diverse regions. A high percentage of these species are only found here, yet today these birds, insects, mammals, and plants live in a delicate balance. Hawaii’s position floating alone in the middle of the Pacific creates a unique cultural identity apart from the mainland United States. Life here feels easygoing and casual. The colorful history that shaped these islands remains clear; waves of immigrants who once labored in cane fields added their languages, foods, and cultures to the local mix. Today, there is no ethnic majority and common bonds are intangible.  The HMNH Study Leader is Dr. Peter Del Tredici, author of Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast and Senior Research Scientist of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.  The ten day trip takes place January 10 – 19, 2015. Double occupancy $5,740, with single supplement of $1,375.  For a complete itinerary call 617-495-2463, or visit



Saturday, August 23, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Late Summer Dragonflies

Join Athol Bird and Nature Club president Dave Small at the Millers River Environmental Center (100 Main St., Athol) on Saturday, August 23 at 1 pm, and then head out to search local waters for American Rubyspot, Zebra and Arrow Clubtails and whatever else we can find. Participants should bring lunch, insect net, and a sense of adventure; be prepared for wet feet. Children welcome. Severe weather cancels. Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Image of arrow clubtail from

Thursday, October 30 – Sunday, November 9 – NGC Galapagos Island Tour

National Garden Club members, families, and friends will have the
opportunity to experience the fascinating Galapagos Islands aboard the National
Geographic Endeavour, an expedition ship equipped to give you the most engaging
experience possible, October 30 – November 9. You will have numerous options for viewing the endemic wildlife of the Galapagos with naturalists. There will be opportunities each day to tour the shoreline in a zodiac or kayak, take a gentle short walk or long hike with a guide, snorkel, or enjoy an undersea experience on the National Geographic Endeavour’s glass bottom boat.

A week long optional extension will be an exploration of an extraordinary melting pot of Peruvian history and culture. You will see the architectural achievements of the Incan empire including Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and the vast Sacsayhuamán Fortress (pictured). And you’ll experience the decorative arts: pottery, textiles, jewelry, and sculpture that reveal the sophistication of their artisans. You’ll discover firsthand how the past echoes through contemporary life. Expert guides will introduce you to the art, music, and cuisine of this
remarkable country. And each night your active days end at a succession of gracious and elegant hotels.

NGC members participating in the optional post-voyage extension will be eligible to receive refresher credit for Gardening Studies School and/or Landscape Design School. The price for Galapagos aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ranges from $6290 to $10,280, depending upon cabin category. The optional Peru extension is priced at $4990 double occupancy. The full itinerary and hotel brochure may be viewed at For more information, contact Mary Ann Bryant, NGC Tours Chairman, at or call 770-893-1570.

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