Tuesday, March 14, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Permaculture and the Beginner’s Mind

Kent Byron will review his permaculture practices used on Grace Note Farm, his 11-acre homestead in Petersham, Massachusetts. This lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 14 from 1:30 – 3 in the Parkman Room at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley.  Permaculture is based on the premise that food production can mirror living regenerative systems in nature, like the forest.  Come learn how he incorporates these methods into his landscape and how you can do the same.  $12 for Mass Hort members, $20 for nonmembers.  Register online at www.masshort.org.

Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon – What to Consider When Designing with Natives Live Webinar

Although most often associated with natural settings like meadows, forests, and pond edges, native plants can work beautifully in traditional landscapes. Learn which native plants are most effective in more formal gardens and what principles of design enhance their aesthetic value. This New England Wild Flower Society webinar will take place Wednesday, March 8 from 11 – 12 with instructor Anna Fialkoff. $10 for NEWFS members, $13 for nonmembers. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/live-webinar-things-to-consider-when-designing-with-natives

Saturday, March 11, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sphingidae of Massachusetts

The New England Entomological Society will hold its annual Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 11 at 11 am at The Greater Worcester Land Trust, 4 Ash Street in Worcester. The building is a 3 story brick school building at the corner of Ash and Summit.  Featured speaker Tea Kesting-Handly will present Sphingidae of Massachusetts at noon, following the general meeting.  The public is welcome. If you think you are going to attend, please fill out this short form:
https://goo.gl/forms/DXZUzgqtczIOQnGy1. For more information email newenglandentsoc@gmail.com.

Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 19 – The Philadelphia Flower Show

The Philadelphia Flower Show is a top destination and “must experience” horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a showcase of excellence that dates back to 1829. The venue is once again the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets in Philadelphia. HOLLAND: Flowering the World, will showcase the extraordinary plants, creativity and talent of this region’s top horticulturists and designers along with award winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands.

The Gala Preview Party on Friday, March 10 will kick off the festivities. The elegant evening offers exclusive access to America’s premier floral and garden exhibition.

From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the 2017 Flower Show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands. Tickets and more information may be found at https://theflowershow.com/about

Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Vegetable Gardening 101

Learn how to grow tasty vegetables in your own yard. Dawn Davies, who plans and cares for Tower Hill’s own Vegetable Garden, will cover the basics of home vegetable gardening for the novice, in this Saturday, March 11 session from 2 – 3. She’ll cover design considerations as well as tried and true vegetable varieties for a beautiful and productive garden. Dawn’s tricks, tips and ideas will save you time, work and money! Free with admission to the garden, but pre-registration is recommended at www.towerhillbg.org.

Fridays, March 31 – June 2, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Art & Science in One

Join the Cambridge School Volunteers this spring as a volunteer in its hands-on, outdoor science illustration program, Art & Science in One.  Art & Science in One pairs volunteer mentors and elementary students for a hands-on, structured program in nature journaling.  Meeting once a week in the spring the AS1 program trains volunteers to held students develop basic science skills of observation and recording, through modeling these skills and working together as a two-person team in explorations of a local habitat.  Read more about the program at www.csvinc.org/scienceillustration.

Sited at Tobin Montessori School and Fresh Pond Reservation, Art & Science in One (AS1) was launched five years ago with support from the Cambridge Community Foundation and Friends of Tobin School.  Once a week for five weeks every spring, each student in a mixed-grade classroom of fourth- and fifth-graders pairs up with a CSV volunteer. Together, each mentor-student pair explores techniques for observing wildlife, sketching plant and animals, and training the eye (and the hand) to capture the details of what goes on in a natural habitat. The classroom teacher and the CSV coordinator accompany all sessions.

Tobin Montessori School, the program’s home, is the first district-level certified public Montessori School in the country. The two hour sessions begin March 31 promptly at 11:30 am, and will not meet on Good Friday (April 14) or April 21.

You will receive training from a Harvard Museum of Natural History drawing instructor, and do not need to be an artist. Volunteers who are themselves eager to learn about nature, drawing, or both, who can model curiosity, and attention to detail, are sought.  In-person registration is required.  Visit Eventbrite (www.as12017.eventbrite.com)  to make an appointment, either at 459 Broadway, Cambridge or at Tobin Montessori, 197 Vassal Lane in Cambridge, or call 617-349-6794. The program coordinator will contact you in advance of your appointment date for a brief phone interview and will answer your questions.  The in-person registration will take, usually, no more than 20 minutes.

Saturday, March 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon – AG to HORT: Early Days of the Worcester County Horticultural Society

Most of Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s founders began as members of the Worcester Agricultural Society. On Saturday, March 11, learn more about how and why the Horticultural Society began and who was involved. Librarian Kathy Bell will present a talk in the Library of Tower Hill in conjunction with the current exhibit and review many of our earlier institutional records and documents. Free with admission. For more information visit www.towerhillbg.org.


Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party

The Annual Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party, benefiting The Genesis Foundation for Children, is taking place on Tuesday, March 21st from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The evening will include an exclusive first look at the beautiful and elaborate garden displays and exhibits, beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvre and an intimate live musical performance. The Genesis Foundation for Children is a non-profit that provides funding for the medical care and therapy programs for children with genetic disorders in New England. The Genesis Foundation is the lucky charitable recipient of the Preview Party. The event features appearances by local media, TV, radio personalities including event hosts, Mix 104.1’s Karson & Kennedy, as well as surprise entertainment from the Mix Lounge. Past entertainers have included recording artists Haley Reinhart, Matt Nathanson and The Plain White T’s. You will also receive a ticket to return to the Boston Flower & Garden Show (March 22 – 26), a $20 value! Tickets: $125 each; Young Professional Tickets (35 and under): $95 each. Order online at http://thegenesisfoundation.org/events/boston-flower-garden-show-preview-party/


Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Revealing Ancient Wisdom of Keeping Healthy: Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine

At Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Saturday March 11 join Jonathan Fang, a Licensed Acupuncturist and second generation Chinese medicine practitioner, as he reveals the secret of the Ancient Wisdom of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the holistic way. Learn about traditional Chinese medicine, natural herbs, and remedies. Mr. Fang will also teach some simple exercises that will open up your meridians to improve your energy circulation for maintaining good health. THGB members $20, nonmembers $35. Register online at www.towerhillbg.org. Image from www.all-natural.com.

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 pm – Lewis Mumford’s Green Urbanism

The Friends of Fairsted Lecture Series continues on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm at the Wheelock College Brookline Campus 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, with a talk by Aaron Sachs, Professor of History and American Studies, Cornell University.

In his early writings, Mumford accompanied his critique of modern cities with a positive, constructive vision for how people might design and occupy urban spaces more sustainably. This talk reconsiders Lewis Mumford’s writings of the 1930s as an early exemplar of green urbanism, in line with current trends in urban ecology and design.

An environmental historian, Aaron Sachs investigates nature and culture from multi-disciplinary perspectives, looking at how ideas about nature have changed over time and how those changes have mattered in the western world. He is the author of The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism (2006) and Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition (2013). Sachs supports innovative history writing with co-editor Jonathan Demos through Yale University Press’s New Directions in Narrative History series, and serves as the faculty sponsor of Historians Are Writers (HAW), bringing together Cornell graduate students who believe that academic writing can be moving on a deeply human level. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve online at http://friendsoffairsted.org/programs/ or 617-566-1689, ext. 265.