Saturday, August 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Fete Des Fleurs

The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Fete Des Fleur festivities are being held in tandem with the 2015 GROW SHOW which, for the first time ever, is being sponsored by the Garden Club of America. The benefit party will take place Saturday, August 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge.

You’ll have plenty of time to see the season’s blue ribbon entries between cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, and catching up with good friends. As always, you are encouraged to dress the part, drawing inspiration from this year’s WATER theme. It is the ultimate garden party and you are invited!For more information visit BBG members $75, nonmembers $85. Thank you for the image of the ultimate party hat.

Saturday, August 8, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm and Sunday, August 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Annual GROW SHOW

45th Annual Berkshire Botanical GROW SHOW: Now A Garden Club Of America Event. You grow it, we show it! We welcome all age groups, experience levels and different kinds of plants at our blue ribbon event. For a printable 2015 grow show brochure complete with categories and rules check our website, No cost to participate; entry to the Show is included with Admission to the Garden Saturday August 8, 12-5PM, Sunday August 9, 10AM-5PM.

Sunday, August 9, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Planting the Seed for Our National Parks

Planting the Seed for Our National Parks, The 150th Anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Yosemite Report, will be celebrated Sunday, August 9, 10:00–11:00am.
Location: Outdoors, by a giant sequoia, Conifer Collection of the Arnold Arboretum, honoring the 150th anniversary of Olmsted’s Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove: A Preliminary Report, 1865 and its vision for national parks

Known to many for creating public parks in cities, Frederick Law Olmsted was also an important advocate for scenic preservation across America. In his 1865 report, Olmsted articulated – some say for the first time by anyone – the role of government in protecting and making accessible our nation’s scenic landscapes for the enjoyment of all people in a democracy. Join us in the landscape by a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) as we read aloud portions of the report with Olmsted’s eloquent and prescient prose on the actual anniversary of its first public reading by its author.

Special guest reader: Dayton Duncan, Emmy Award-winning producer/writer of PBS’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Performers: Maliotis Chamber Players, flute ensemble; Diane Edgecomb & Margot Chamberlain, Celtic harp and spoken word.

Parking: Park on Bussey Street. Enter the Arboretum through the Bussey Street or Walter Street Gates and follow signs for Conifer Path to the giant sequoia.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the T station on the upper level. Cross Washington Street and enter the Arboretum through the Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Foot Path to South Street. Cross South Street to reenter the Arboretum. Turn left at the intersection on Hemlock Hill Road and follow signs to the event.

Note: bring a low chair or cushion to sit upon. Wear comfortable walking shoes as Conifer Path traverses a steep incline. For general information:, 617-566-1689

For directions and parking information:, 617-384-5209. Co-sponsored by Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This program is made possible in part by generous support from the Friends of Fairsted.

Sunday, August 9, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Caterpillars of Great Blue Hill

Come with Sam Jaffe and The New England Wild Flower Society to explore Great Blue Hill and learn about its surprising caterpillars! From the ski-slope meadows to the pitch pine and scrub oak barren tops, the area is home to many strange and wonderful creatures. Past trips have uncovered the clown-eyed spicebush swallowtail, the giant polyphemus, the hydraulic tailed furcula (image from,) and the simply indescribable monkey slug. The session takes place Sunday, August 9 from 1 – 4 in Canton, Massachusetts, and is $28 for NEWFS members, $35 for nonmembers. Register online at 

Saturday, August 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, and Tuesday, August 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Wildflower Pressing Workshop

Join artist Linda Ruel Flynn of Flora-Ly at Skyfields, 1461 Old Keene Road in Athol, for a Wildflower Pressing Workshop on Saturday, August 8, from 1 – 3. Linda will teach how to select and press wildflowers to make memorable botanical collages. After picking and pressing flowers on the 8th, we will reconvene at 6pm on Tuesday the 18th to arrange the flowers, creating a small collage for you to keep. $10 fee. For more information call 978-413-1772.


Saturday, August 15, 10:00 am – Digging Deeper: Gardens at First Light Photography Workshop

Garden photographer Stacy Bass will help guests see gardens through her eyes, her lens. Walking through the spectacular Chef’s Garden at Dirt Road Farm in Weston, Connecticut featured in her new book, Gardens at First Light (athome Books, 2015), Bass will talk about qualities of light, framing views, and what inspires her when photographing gardens. Private chef and garden owner, Phoebe Cole-Smith will be available to answer questions about her kitchen garden, which will be at the height of its season. Afterwards, Bass will hold a book signing in Dirt Road Farm’s beautiful new barn. More information at Sessions will be held August 15, 2015, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Space is limited, register now to guarantee your space. Online registration is available at

10:00 a.m. session
$20 pre-registration for Garden Conservancy members.
$30 pre-registration for non-members

2:00 p.m. session:
$20 pre-registration for Garden Conservancy members.
$30 pre-registration for non-members

Your registration includes Open Days admission to this garden—a $7 value. The garden will be open to general Open Days visitors on this date from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early registration pricing ends August 1, 2015. For any question concerning registration, please call the Garden Conservancy at 845.424.6502.

Tuesday, August 11, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Making Herbal Salves

Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs returns to the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard for her popular salve-making workshop on Tuesday, August 11 from 1 – 3. This fun hands-on workshop starts with a walk to identify and collect medicinal herbs and weeds on the Arboretum grounds. Next, participants make their own oil infusions and beeswax-based ointments. Learn practical knowledge on when and how to use herbal salves and take home your useful creations. Supplies included. Please pre-register at, since space is limited. $45/$40 for PHA members.

Tuesday, August 11, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Hydric Soils

This course for environmental professionals, to be held at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts on Tuesday, August 11 from 9 – 4, serves as an introduction or refresher on hydric soils, with a focus on understanding the current field indicators of hydric soils in the United States (USDA-NRCS), the basis for USACE soil descriptions. During the morning classroom session, we will review basic soil descriptors including color, texture, and soil development, specifically hydric characteristics, and redoximorphic features. In the afternoon field session, we will learn to apply these indicators to soils. Bring available field equipment and a bag lunch; wear footwear appropriate for muddy conditions. The course, taught by Amanda Atwell, is $88 for NEWFS or Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions members, $110 for nonmembers. Register online at

Sunday, August 2, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Kill Your Lawn

According to NASA scientists, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with environmentally friendly native plantings. The class will be held on Sunday, August 2 from 9 – 3 at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, taught by Mark Richardson. The fee is $82 for New England Wild Flower Society members, $98 for nonmembers, and is co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance. Register online at  Image from

Monday, August 17 – Wednesday, August 19 – Mentorship Training for Water SCIENCE

We have heard from Kia M.Q. Hall, Program Manager for Machine Science, Inc., whose letter is excerpted below:

“Machine Science is facilitating the participation of Boston Public Schools (BPS) in an innovative, three-state (AZ, PA, and MA) Water SCIENCE program (i.e., Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering and Career Exploration with Water), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and managed through Concord Consortium: Critical to the success of the program is the mentorship of middle school students by water enthusiasts of all sorts, from environmental justice workers to water quality testers.

Since gardeners tend to know a lot about water, especially in relation to plants and sunlight, I thought some of the members of your gardening club might be interested in this mentorship opportunity. We are recruiting ten paid mentors for the program, taking place during the 2015-2016 school year (primarily during the fall semester). The professional development training is Monday, August 17 – Wednesday, August 19. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Water SCIENCE program or about the mentorship opportunity. I hope to have at least a few gardeners (or farmers) in this year’s mentor cohort.”

Mentor qualities include experience working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and enthusiasm about mentoring middle school students.  If you have some Spanish and/or American Sign Language skills, all the better.  If you are interested, send a three paragraph email to indicating why you are interested, how your experience matches the desired mentor qualities, and your schedule availability. You may also call Kia at 617-354-7171.

Tuesday, July 28, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – A Taste of Ethnic Boston

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is happy to partner with Get Konnected! to host a second annual food event, A Taste of Ethnic Boston. Join them on Tuesday, July 28 from 5:30-8pm at the Harborside Inn, 185 State Street, to sample an array of foods from some of Boston’s most exotic ethnic restaurants while enjoying live music. The Greenway’s Public Art Curator, Lucas Cowan, will also be in attendance to share thoughts on the Greenway’s Janet Echelman sculpture and the Greenway’s public art efforts.

Purchase your tickets today ($15) at

Saturday, August 8, 11:00 am – Historic Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on a walk around the Jamaica Pond. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman, Pauline Agassiz Shaw, Emily Greene Balch and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today.
All tours are free to the public. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 570 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain. For more information visit Image from

Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16 – NOFA Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-16, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts.  This year’s main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology”.

This year, among the five pre-conference intensives will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. She will also give the first keynote on Friday night.

Our second keynoter, Ronnie Cummins will speak Saturday night on “Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics”.

Each year, we offer educational and fun workshops designed for kids and teens where children bond with others throughout the Northeast while parents attend workshops and the plenaries.

This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.  For complete details, visit

Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11 – Designing for Future Climates: Resilient Facilities, Communities, and Economies

Come to a two day development workshop for planners, designers, project reviewers, investors, and other decision-makers, in the beautiful Berkshire foothills of Conway, Massachusetts, co sponsored by The Conway School and Pinchot University, on August 10 – 11.

Addressing climate change has often narrowly focused on public policy related to greenhouse gas emission controls and other issues seemingly out of most peoples’ hands.

In this workshop we will highlight specific roles for designers, planners, and project owners — those who help shape the economy’s underpinnings — in improving how buildings, infrastructure, and business processes affect and are being affected by changing climate.

Our investments in the built environment and its energy supplies are shaping future climate conditions. From warming oceans and weather extremes, to urban floods and regional droughts, threats related to climate change pose serious impacts to communities and businesses.

In the course, participants will learn practical strategies that work, and will explore how to more broadly apply them. Discussions will focus on:

How feasible is it to pursue sustainable and climate-compatible pathways?
How can thought leaders from business, design, and other relevant fields join forces for improved results?
How can we better integrate resilient options into our decision-making?
How can we better account for the known risks as well as unknown (or ignored) potential scenarios?

We have made special arrangements with nearby Berkshire East Resort to offer discounts to workshop participants and their families who want to recreate while they are here. Berkshire East offers: zip-lining, riding the mountain coaster, mountain biking, and rafting. Fishing, hiking, and other recreational activities are also available in the area and it is a short drive to MASS MoCA and other summer destinations. After you register for the workshop you will receive a discount code for recreation at Berkshire East. Register before August 4, $900, and see complete list of speakers and topics, at

Tuesday, August 11 – Thursday, August 13, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Luminous Fruit: Highlights and Reflected Light

Capture the glow of summer fruit by balancing highlights, shadows and reflected light to make your subject luminous. In this Wellesley Botanic Garden seminar designed for artists from advanced beginner to expert, Catherine Watters will teach you how to observe, measure and raw your subject, followed by careful and accurate color mixing using the Double Primary Color Bias Wheel. You are then ready to paint and capture the elegant shape, bold colors and textures using proper lighting to make your fruit come to life. Please note: choose to work on paper or vellum. For those more advanced artists wishing to work on calfskin vellum, Catherine will teach you her vellum dry brush technique. Vellum is not included in the registration fee ($395 for Friends of Wellesley Botanic Garden members, $495 for nonmembers) for this seminar. Contact the Friends office in advance to order a piece from Catherine. The class will take place at the Botanic Gardens on Tuesday through Thursday, August 11 – 13, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. To register, call 781-283-3094.

Thursday, August 6, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – A River Runs Through It: Daylighting the Neponset River at Gillette Stadium

More than a decade ago, the New England Patriots constructed the new Gillette Stadium. A significant side project was the restoration of a long stretch of the Neponset River adjacent to the new stadium’s parking lot. In the 1940’s, racetrack construction on the site had forced the river underground. Gillette Stadium needed parking and the silt-clogged system needed daylighting and restoration. The daylighting project removed two blocked culverts and reconnected disrupted sections of the river, diverting flow back to river’s historic alignment. Wetland mitigation and flood control provided major drivers for this fast-tracked project that proceeded from concept to implementation in less than one year. Learn more and register today for this Ecological Landscaping Alliance talk and tour. Sponsor organization member price $22, nonmembers $32. Brady sitings not guaranteed. Co-hosted by the Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Rain or shine, bring a bag lunch. Register online at

Tick Alert

New England is suffering from a record tick population explosion this summer. University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center provides up-to-date information on tick activity by region. You can report your own tick encounter or access tick safety information from the website: A recorded webinar (click HERE) offers an overview.

Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Seasonal Farmers Market

Become a master of the farm to table experience – in this Boston Center for Adult Education class on Wednesday, August 5 from 6 – 9, students will work with seasonal ingredients carefully chosen by the instructor. Simple techniques will be shown to highlight the beautiful early summer flavors. There will be no menu in advance because the class will be based on the ingredients that look best that day! $55 (BCAE members $47) with a $15 materials charge. Register online at  The class will take place at 122 Arlington Street, Boston, in the Front Gaggenau kitchen. Image from Yankee Magazine.

Thursday, July 30, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Afternoon Tea at Beauport

Bring friends and family on Thursday, July 30 from 2:30 – 4:30 to an elegant tea at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, on the terrace overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The tea includes scones, finger sandwiches, and sweets, and is accompanied by a classical guitarist playing in the background. A tour of the house is offered after tea. Sunhats are recommended. $25 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers. Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online at Rain date August 6.

Wednesday, August 5, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm – 61st Annual Nantucket House and Garden Tour

The Nantucket Garden Club’s 61st Annual House and Garden Tour will take place Wednesday, August 5, from 11 – 4:30, rain or shine, featuring homes and gardens in the Darling Street area. All proceeds support Nantucket conservation, scholarships, and community projects. Tickets are available August 1 to 4 on Main Street, Sconset Rotary, Bartlett’s Farm and G S Hill Gallery, Straight Wharf and at all homes the day of the tour. Tickets $60. For information contact Pam Wilton Ulm at or cell: 917-331-2252. Image from

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