Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm – Jam Making 101

Julia Hallman, Formaggio Kitchen’s jam buyer and avid home canning enthusiast, is leading a session on jam basics, just in time to prepare you for summer’s fruit and vegetable bounty. During this two-hour demonstration on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm, Julia will take you through the jam-making process from start to finish. We’ll cook four different preserves, one traditional, single-fruit jam plus three more unusual preserves. Our focus will be on the preparation of the raw fruit, the cooking process, and how to jar your jam. She will examine key topics such as the role of sugar, the importance of lemon juice and how to add it, the stages of cooking, and how to test the jam accurately for “doneness.” During the class, participants will be able to enjoy several examples of jam (with accompaniments!) to educate their palate. Lastly, to get you started on your own jamming endeavors, you will receive your own “Jam Kit” with all of the ingredients necessary (including Weck Jars!) to make your first small-batch jam! NOTE: This class is held at our Classroom Annex, not our retail location. The annex is located at 67 Smith Place in Cambridge, and we highly recommend reviewing the directions available at www.formaggiokitchen.com. Please be aware of our cancellation policy. If you are unable to attend a class, please let us know at least 48 hours before the class is scheduled to take place and we will give you a full refund or a credit for a future class. No refunds are offered for cancellations within 48 hours before an event. There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups or deferments for missed classes.  Image from www.smallmeasure.com.

General Admission, $65.00 per person. Register online at http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/classes/


Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm – Jaguars & Wildcat Conflicts in Panama

Wildcat conflicts are more common throughout Panama as nature park boundaries and natural areas are encroached upon more and more by the rural poor. Conservacion Panama Inc has proposed a program to assist rural poor and subsistence farmers manage their livestock better so as to prevent wildcat conflicts and unnecessary “takes” or kills of these animals. This program targets communities that have current conflicts with wildcats and injects a heavy dose of livestock management practices and prevention techniques proven throughout Latin America to prevent these conflicts. Come to the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street in Athol on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm to learn about how effective the beta program has proven and how they would like to fund a program expansion. There will be artwork and Panamanian hands-crafts for purchase to help fundraising efforts. You can learn more about this program at: http://www.conservacionpanamaca.org/wildcat-conflict.html


Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Young Friends Fundraising Social

The Young Friends of the Public Garden invite you to the Liberty Hotel on Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30 – 9 to have fun, meet new people, and support Boston’s iconic parks.  Tickets are $35 per person or 4 for $100 and include appetizers, one drink, two Swan Boat tickets, and the satisfaction of having done your part helping one of Boston’s most beloved institutions. For more information email info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.


From the Archives: Needlework Workshops

Back in 1976, gardens weren’t the only thing on the minds of our members.  The late Esther Gaum, a long time member and an accomplished needlework teacher, conducted a series of needlepoint workshops in her home.  Activities such as this, which expanded the social connections among our neighbors, was a precursor to the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s Friends and Neighbors Programs,  started by another early Garden Club of the Back Bay member Marian Ullman in the 1980’s.  Today, NABB and The Garden Club work together on many green issues in the neighborhood, especially in the area of zoning and maintenance of the architectural integrity of the Back Bay.  Image from www.thelinenlavoir.com.

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Saturday, September 24, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Moon Over Drumlin 2016

Drumlin Farm’s Annual Farm-to-Table Gala will take place Saturday, September 24 from 6:30 – 9:30 at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Support Drumlin Farm’s leadership in nature-based education and programming for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Drumlin Farm’s Partner Chefs will serve delicious tastings using the farm’s freshest, seasonal ingredients. Exciting raffle and live auction led by returning auctioneer John Terrio. Moon Partner Chefs are committed to supporting sustainable agriculture and local sourcing. This year the roster includes:

Chef Anthony Mazzotta, Artistry on the Green at the Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington
Chef David Drew, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge
Chefs Carl Dooley and Robert Harris, The Table, Cambridge
Chef Heather Schmidt, Union Square Donuts, Somerville
Chef Carolyn Johnson, 80 Thoreau, Concord

Also featuring Counter Culture Coffee at our dessert bar. Tickets are $175 and may be purchased at www.massaudubon.org.


May, 2017 – Wildflowers of the Italian Lakes & Croatian Islands

Discover the pristine lakes, Romanesque architecture and gardens of the Italians Lakes district, before crossing into Slovenia to the beautiful town of Bled. Continue into Croatia then sail along the picturesque Dalmatian Coast. This two week Botanica World Discoveries tour will take place in May of 2017. Following your arrival in Milan you will travel to the magnificent Italian Lakes District. The three first days will include city sightseeing in Milan, a ferry ride to Isola Bella and the Isola Madre Gardens, Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi Gardens, a tour of Verona and the Giardini Giusti, and a morning in Venice. Then, you will cross the border into Slovenia and the town of Bled. On day seven Croatia beckons, and the World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park (pictured). In the city of Zadar, you will board the Royal Eleganza, your cruise ship home for the next seven nights. You will visit Split, travel up the River Cetina to Hvar, and cruise the Dalmatian Coast to Korcula, then on to Dubrovnik and Montenegro.  Photo from www.youramazingplaces.com. Prices begin at $9,135 per person, flights not included. Maximum 30 guests. The complete itinerary and details may be found at www.botanicatours.com. 


Sunday, September 18, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm – Opening Reception with Jeppe Hein: A New End

Jeppe Hein, a Berlin and Copenhagen-based artist, often combines elements of humor with the traditions of minimalism and conceptual art in his work. At Trustees of Reservations Hingham property World’s End, Hein will install a reflective labyrinth structure, made of mirrored posts of differing heights, whose form mimics the shape of the surrounding drumlin formations. Hein draws inspiration from the stunning natural beauty and landscape at World’s End, which features a combination of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed and natural landscapes with spectacular views of the Boston harbor and skyline.

Visitors can walk through the labyrinth, touch the mirrored panels, and create their own photographic interpretations of “art and the landscape.” The sculpture will be installed in August and will be on view for a full year. Each season will bring a new and interesting dimension to this unique work. The Trustees will host a free (with admission) opening reception with the artist from noon to three on Sunday, September 18, 2016. For more information visit www.thetrustees.org.


Tuesdays, beginning September 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – New England Farms & Food Lecture Series

Come to the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, Massachusetts and hear about sustainability, farms, food, and natural products. Let’s walk through the fields and forests. A different topic each session: wild foraging, beekeeping, and herbal medicines are among the areas we will cover with experts such as author Russ Cohen and Muddy River Herbalist Jenny Hauf (pictured – we’ll assume she’s from Wisconsin). Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations, TTR member price $9, nonmembers $15.


Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 am – Sustainable Eco-Systems for Wildlife

Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance and tour guide Paul Kwiatkowski on Wednesday, September 14 at 10 am to learn about the Wildlife Action Plan at Mount Auburn Cemetery. This walking tour will include highlights of the ongoing work to create and sustain important ecosystem functions on this 175-acre property in Cambridge, MA. This multi-year project enhances wildlife habitat while also encouraging visitors to reconnect with the landscape. Paul Kwiatkowski will discuss how they developed and implemented projects ranging from finding the necessary funding and creating a citizen science volunteer program to addressing storm water management concerns, reintroducing native amphibians, and selecting native species for pollinator habitat creation. The Wildlife Action Plan has inspired staff and visitors alike to push the boundaries of expectation is helping Mount Auburn to evolve into an urban wildlife refuge.  $23 for ELA members, $28 for nonmembers – See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/49836/#sthash.dc63kNwk.dpuf. Image from www.neighbormedia.org.

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Sunday, September 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – The Gardens of Arne Maynard

The Gardens of Arne Maynard is the first book on the work of one of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after garden designers working today. Based in Great Britain, Maynard is known for his award-winning gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show and for his many private commissions across the world. Central to his work as a designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The New York Times, Garden Design, The World of Interiors, House & Garden, Country Life, The English Garden, Vogue, and many more. Mr. Maynard will speak at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, September 11 at 10 am, followed by book signing. Tower Hill members $15, nonmembers $25. Register online at www.towerhillbg.org.