Monday, October 17 – Friday, November 18 – Plants 102: Deeper Into the Green World

Delve deeper into the New England Flora in this New England Wild Flower Society online and field course. Learn how plants change as they grow; how they interact with other species; and how geology, soils, land-use history, hydrology, and climate shape the plant communities of the region. You’ll adopt a plant to observe throughout the course and enjoy interacting with the course instructor Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth and your fellow students. This course includes five weeks of online instruction. You can elect to join an optional field trip led by an enthusiastic botanist in your state. Plants 101 is a complement to Plants 102 but is not a prerequisite.

Field Trip Note: One field trip will be held in each New England state and participation is optional. If you would like to attend the trip as part of the course, please register for both the course and the field trip. Field trip dates and specific locations will be announced six weeks before the course launches. $100 for NEWFS members, $125 for nonmembers. Course plus field trip $128 for NEWFS members, $160 for nonmembers. Register at


Saturday, October 15, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Arnold Arboretum Members’ Fall Foliage Celebration

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has partnered with the Harvard Art Museums to host a festive fall members’ outing on Saturday, October 15 from 2 – 4. Members of both the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Art Museums are invited to enjoy a foliage tour as well as to sample some locally sourced treats.

Arboretum Sponsor level and above: $15 per person; tickets are required. Become a member or call 617-384-5766 to upgrade your membership level.  Parking information and additional details will be provided upon registration.  For more information visit

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Pioneering New Territory

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design presents its Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture on Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Gund Piper Auditorium.  The featured speaker is Peter Latz, who will give a talk entitled Pioneering New Territory.  Peter Latz studied landscape architecture at the Technical University of Munich. He is best known for his emphasis on reclamation and conversion of former industrialized landscapes. Retired today, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was also a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Latz once noted in a foreword for the book Visionary Gardens by Ernst Cramer that the overall of landscape architecture could be applied in abstract rules. “The beauty of nature lies within the essence and effect of plants and materials.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 14, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, and Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Invasive Plants: Identification, Documentation, and Control

What’s all the fuss? Botanists, ecologists, horticulturists, and conservation professionals are united in their concern about invasive plants, but there is still some confusion about what they are and what to do about them. In this New England Wild Flower Society class led by Ted Elliman on October 14 & 15, you will study the basic ecological problems created by these aggressive species and the complicated issues involved in controlling them. You will learn to identify some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens, and a short local field visit from our base at Garden in the Woods, in Framingham. Bring a bag lunch and a hand lens; wear waterproof shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. NEWFS members $124, nonmembers $145. Register online at  Image of akebia quinata (chocolate vine)  from


From the Archives: Focus on Herbs

In 1978 two Garden Club of the Back Bay programs were scheduled with herbs as a primary topic. October’s meeting featured Mary Hickey giving a hands-on workshop on dried herb flower arranging. In November, Betsy Williams and Jane Schuettner conducted An Herbal Morning, a program featuring herbs for the holidays, their stories and legends, ways to use them in decorations, and recipes. Betsy Williams remains active as a presenter, notably at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts. The Garden Club of the Back Bay programs continue to feature an annual theme, and this year our focus is The Prehistoric Garden, with lectures on ancient plants such as cycads, ferns, and gingkos.  Image from

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm – Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World

Water scarcity is on everyone’s mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people’s food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience, biodiversity and climate change. Judith D. Schwartz shows there are alternatives to praying for rain or sandbagging like crazy, demonstrating that we can ally with the water cycle to revive the earth and restore lush, productive landscapes. Take for instance a river in rural Zimbabwe that, thanks to restorative grazing, now flows a kilometer farther than in living memory. Or a food forest of oranges, pomegranates, and native fruit-bearing plants in Tucson, grown through harvesting urban wastewater. Or a mini-oasis in West Texas nourished by dew.

Water in Plain Sight shares stories of water innovators and takes readers though the US and the world to find new water—water held in the soil, cycled through plants, captured as dew. We gain new insights on how water flows across the land, insights that can help us replenish water sources and make the best use of what we have. Ms. Schwartz will speak at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge on Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm, and will be available to sign copies of her book.

Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist whose recent work looks at ecological restoration as a way to address environmental, economic, and social challenges. She writes on this theme for numerous publications and speaks in venues around the world. Her 2013 book Cows Save the Planet was awarded a Nautilus Book Award Silver Prize for Sustainability and is among Booklist’s Top 10 Books On Sustainability. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and Brown University, she lives in Vermont. For more information visit

Wednesday, October 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Growing Garlic

This Berkshire Botanical Garden lecture on growing garlic by local garden guru Ron Kujawski—comes on Wednesday, October 12 from 10 – noon, just in time for planting a garlic crop. Ron will inspire, entertain, and inform gardeners about how to grow the best garlic in town. Each student will go home with a selection of cloves of Ron’s favorite picks for Berkshire County and the local environs. Ron will cover the subject from clove to scape, from selecting varieties and optimal growing conditions, to planting and cultivation, as well as curing and storage. Attendees will be given insight into growing other allium species, including shallots, leeks and onions.

Ron Kujawski is the former Landscape and Nursery Specialist for UMass Cooperative Extension. He is a garden writer, educator, and researcher in IPM, plant nutrition, and soil science. He teaches for the horticultural industry throughout New England. BBG members $20, nonmembers $25. Register online at


Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Taste of the Market: Apples, Eats and Tasty Treats

The Coastal Growers’ Market and Historic New England invite you to taste locally grown fruits and vegetables at Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, in Saunderstown, Rhode Island on Saturday, October 15 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, during the height of Southern New England’s agriculture season.

Casey Farm is one of three vegetable growers offering a taste of the season. Tasting is free, but you’re invited to support local farmers by purchasing your favorites. Enjoy coffee, bakery items, and many other delicious treats along with live music.
Free. Date is subject to change due to availability of crop. Please call 401-295-1030 for more information, or visit




Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 – National Chrysanthemum Society Convention: California, Here We Come

The Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society (SCS) is honored to co-host the 73rd Annual NCS Convention and Show at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel November 3 – 6.  NCS will hold the Convention and the Sacramento Chapter the Show. Fall in California is fantastic with great fall colors and warm temperatures. Visitors can enjoy all of the charm of Rancho Cordova, downtown Sacramento, and visit the abundant outdoor recreation of the nearby Folsom area. Visit local attractions such as the Rancho Cordova Events Center, Lake Natoma, the RedHawk Casino, historic downtown Folsom, and the Folsom Palladio Shopping Mall. This luxury hotel is next to light rail transit to downtown Sacramento, the California State Capitol, Sacramento Convention Center, and California State University Sacramento.

Say “California, Here We Come” with your best blooms, NCS sprays, bonsai, container-grown and artistically trained plants. We look forward to filling the tables with beautiful chrysanthemums! The Sacramento Floral Design Guild has written a very exciting and challenging design schedule. They look to quickly fill each design class and recommend early reservations.

The Convention will feature wine tours, silent auctions, ice cream socials, horticultural symposium, and a banquet and awards dinner. Register online at Registrations received after October 12 will be assessed a late registration fee. Image of Golden Rain chrysanthemum from

Wednesday, October 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Weeding Wednesday at Lyman Estate

Volunteer at the Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street in Waltham alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members on Wednesday October 5 from 10 – noon to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Peach Wall behind the Mansion. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information. To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.