Thursday, October 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Teresa Moller

The Harvard Graduate School of Design presents a free lecture by Teresa Moller on Thursday, October 5 beginning at 6:30 pm in  Gund Hall’s Piper Auditorium on Quincy Street in Cambridge. The studio Teresa Moller y Asociados has been working for the past 35 years in the world of Landscape Architecture. The office strongly believes in the power of simplicity. A careful observation and awareness of the existing landscape is the key for developing sociocultural projects and bringing nature accessible to people and for them to find balance in a constant changing urban environment.

The diverse landscapes of Chile have been the setting for the majority of the studio’s projects since its founding. Distinct palettes of plants and materials are utilized as project locations range from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Lakes Region of the south as well as from the Pacific Coast in the east to the Andes mountain range in the west. This diversity has developed a way of working in the studio that approaches each project by examining the valuable elements existing in the site along with the surrounding natural systems, local ecology, and architecture. Thus, every project is a direct and unique result of its environment.

The work has an architectural base, a geometry that structures the landscape over which the vegetation interacts more freely. Moller’s work is characterized by its simplicity, and she strongly believes that in that simplicity lays its force. This force unites nature with architecture and provides a point of interaction between humans and their surroundings. The studio has developed international projects, including in China, Germany, Argentina, and Australia. The studio works in the realms of residential, public urban space, commercial, institutional and agricultural settings with many built projects to date. The goal of the office is always to collaborate with the architects and clients, using each participant’s strengths and knowledge to arrive at an integrated design solution that is both efficient and elegant.

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Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Harvest Festival, an iconic Berkshire event now in its 83rd year, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Garden located at 5 West Stockbridge Road, (intersection of Routes 102 and 183), Stockbridge, MA.

The Harvest Festival has earned a reputation for being a quintessential family event celebrating the autumn harvest, where the 15-acre Garden is transformed into a vibrant hub featuring continuous entertainment, children’s games and crafts, more than 100 regional artisan food and craft vendors, and drop-in workshops on topics relating to gardening, traditions of the harvest, and farm to table activities. A sale featuring repurposed, gently used household items and clothing, plant and bulb sale, jewelry sale, a petting zoo, hay rides and haunted house are among the annual activities that have become favorites over the years.

Headliners on the Harvest Festival stage include Misty Blues, Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors, David Grover, and the Lucky 5. Returning favorites include the Puppet Wagon Show, Berkshire Ukulele Band, Moonshine Holler, juggler Bryson Lang, and Berkshire Strings, among others.

Admission to Harvest Festival is $7 for adults, and children under 12 are admitted free. There is no charge for parking in the Garden’s lots.

Harvest Festival sponsors include Red Lion Inn, Meadow Farm Equipment, and Valet Park of America. All proceeds from this event benefit the Garden’s education program. Visit for more information about Harvest Festival.

Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 pm – Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health

Emily Monosson, PhD, Environmental Toxicologist, Writer, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will speak on Wednesday, October 4, 7:00–8:15pm at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum.

For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. Emily Monosson will speak about some of science’s most innovative strategies and the growing understanding of how to employ ecology for our own protection. Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health, Monosson’s newest book, will be available for purchase and signing. Fee: Free for Arboretum members and students, $5 nonmember. Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Thursday, October 5, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Trip to Clark University’s Hadwen Arboretum

Over thirty varieties of trees can be identified in Hadwen Arboretum, a 6-acre arboretum located behind Fairlawn Rehabilitation Center along Lovell Street and May Street at Clark University in Worcester. Join Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Worcester Tree Initiative Staff as we talk about the varieties present in this landscape as well as the old ‘heritage’ trees. This arboretum is also home to a portion of the East/West Trail that spans 17 miles within Worcester. Free, but registration is requested at—clark-universitys-hadwen-arboretum-trip. Co-sponsored with the Worcester Tree Initiative


Please meet in the small parking lot on Lovell Street, directly across from Levell Drive. Look for Worcester Tree Initiative signs to indicate the meeting spot. Parking is available on Lovell Drive and also on the portion of Lovell Street across May St. from the Arboretum. Parking is not allowed on Lovell Street alongside the Arboretum.

Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Plant Combinations for Beneficial Home Landscapes

Is your garden and yard as beautiful and beneficial as possible? Are you interested in adding some pizazz for pollinators as well as for yourself? If so, then join this creative walk through the Leventritt Shrub and Vine garden at the Arnold Arboretum with horticulturist Jen Kettell on Wednesday, September 27 from 4 – 6 to consider different combinations of plants that will provide forage for bees, snacks for wildlife and humans, nesting habitat, and seasonal allure. Jen will show how to extend the appeal and bounty of your garden across the seasons by carefully selecting and combining trees, shrubs, and vines. Fee $25 Arboretum member; $30 nonmember. Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Sweet Harvest

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this Tower Hill Botanic Garden celebration of apples, pies, honey, and preserves. Enjoy food trucks – Home Grown on Saturday, September 30 and Say Cheese on Sunday, October 1. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear farmer costumes.

10am–4pm / Pies, preserves, and baked goods competition. View entry rules here.
10am–4pm / Vendors
10am–4pm / Apple and Honey tastings
10am–4pm / Face painting
10am–4pm / Crafts (Apple Prints)
11am–noon / Storytime
12noon–4pm / Mead tastings
2pm / Orchard Tour with Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill

Events on Saturday, September 30 only:
11am–noon / Free Family Walk
1pm and 3pm / Live music with Slum Raisins

Events on Sunday, October 1 only:
11am and 2pm / Orchard Tours
10am–4pm / Botanical Art: Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil
1pm and 3pm / Live music with Lester Rawson Band

Apple rose tart below from Cooking with Manuela. For more information visit

Friday, September 29 – Monday, October 9 – Topsfield Fair

Come and enjoy eleven days of agriculture, entertainment, and great food, from Friday, September 29 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm) through Monday, October 9 (October 1-10, 10:00 am – 11:00 am) at the Topsfield Fair, 207 Boston Street in Topsfield. The colorful and often exciting history of Topsfield Fair began in 1818 when the Essex Agricultural Society, the non-profit organization that owns the Topsfield Fair, was officially granted a charter on June 12th of that year.

The goal of the fledgling Society, formed by a group of “practical farmers” who first met on February 16, 1818, was “to promote and improve the agricultural interests of farmers and others in Essex County.” Now, nearly 200 years later, the Society still strives to do this, “to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair.”  See Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, a New England Rodeo, and the Flying Wallendas, among other attractions. For complete schedule of activities visit

Sunday, February 18 – Thursday, March 1 – Eastern Cuba: Natural & Cultural Wonders

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP WAS ANNOUNCED PRIOR TO HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA – CONTACT HOLBROOK TRAVEL FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. Join Pacific Horticulture February 18 – March 1 as we return to Cuba to explore the eastern end of the island. With a vibrant history and culture, Eastern Cuba is home to an abundance of endemic species and pristine natural preserves. Accompanied by expert in-country guides, we’ll explore forests, beaches, waterfalls, and breathtaking landscapes, as we visit some of the region’s most historic cities. See the ecosystems of Pinares de Mayarí and Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, where high levels of endemism translate to unique species found nowhere else. Discover Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest city, and Santiago de Cuba, the country’s first capital and the birthplace of the Revolution. You’ll also have the chance to explore the region’s breathtaking forests, beaches, waterfalls, and mountains.

Richie Steffen, Director/Curator of the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden and co-author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns, will escort this tour. Land cost for Pacific Horticultural Society members $5,320 per person, single room supplement $600. Non-member price $5,420. For complete information visit  

Saturday, September 30, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, or 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Incense Appreciation

Mr. Masataka Hata, President of the Shoyeido Incense of Kyoto, will instruct participants in the art of incense appreciation. The Shoyeido Incense Company began in Kyoto in 1705, becoming the world’s premiere incense-making company and the preferred supplier of incense to most temples in Japan.

In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began incorporating methods he learned while working at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. He applied the court’s secret traditions of blending incense, previously enjoyed only by royalty, to commercial production. Twelve generations later, Masataka Hata continues this legacy, and today Shoyeido offers customers a wide variety of unique high quality incense.

There will be two sessions (each seating limited to 12 people) on Saturday, September 3, at 1 and 3. The event takes place at the Cambridge Innovation Center, 11th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge. Japan Society members $15, $30 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Register at

Saturday, September 30 – Deadline for Picture This: Your Great Outdoors Photo Contest

Once again Mass Audubon is seeking photos that highlight people in nature and the beauty of Massachusetts wildlife and landscapes. “We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year! Find everything you need to know about how and what to enter at For those who have entered before, we have updated the submission guidelines along with the prizes.” Happy snapping.