Saturday, October 28, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – The Art of Hostas

On Saturday, October 28 at 2 pm at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Art of Hostas takes a vibrant, colorful and exciting look at these amazing plants in a whole new light. Rob Zimmer will showcase the qualities and characteristics of hostas that make them outstanding garden plants, both as specimens, as well as in breathtaking combinations with other plants. You’ll also see hostas used in ways you may have never seen before. Co-sponsored with New England Hosta Society.

Rob Zimmer is an award-winning nature and garden author, columnist and radio host who has written for many daily newspapers throughout Wisconsin such as the Appleton Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern and others. His columns also appear weekly in the Wisconsin State Farmer. He is the author of the books Voices of the Wind: Four Seasons in Wild Wisconsin, Wild Seasons: The Beauty of Native Wildflowers, Shadows and Light: Showcasing a Hosta Love Affair and  Reflecting: Nature in Black and White. His features and photographs have also appeared in a number of magazines, including Wisconsin Gardening, Wisconsin Sportsman, Michigan Out-of-Doors, Wisconsin Natural Resources, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birders World, Wildlife Conservation, Country Journal, Silent Sports and Camping Today. Rob also hosts the radio program Outdoors with Rob Zimmer, every Saturday on WHBY radio. Find him online at  Free with admission to the garden.

Sunday, October 29, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books

This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. Her classic coming-of-age story, told through the beloved Little House books, still resonates today as an iconic story of American identity. The inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books was born from a life lived in partnership with the land, on homesteads she and her family settled across the Midwest. Marta McDowell’s new book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is a revealing exploration of the pioneer writer’s deep connection with the natural world. Following the trail of the Little House series (from Wisconsin to the Dakotas to Missouri) the best-selling author shares intimate details about Wilder and the plants, creatures, and landscapes that are so integral to her stories, they are practically their own characters.

Featuring the beloved illustrations from the original books and hundreds of historical and contemporary photographs, The World of Ingalls Wilder is a must-have treasure for anyone enchanted by Laura’s wild and beautiful life.

Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel. Her previous books include Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, and All the Presidents’ Gardens. This event will take place at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Sunday, October 29 at 12:30, and is free with admission to the garden. For more information visit

Saturday, October 28, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Nature Photography Workshop

Improve your photographs of nature in this half-day workshop – a talk followed by hands-on experience. The class takes place on Saturday, October 28 beginning at 9:00 am at the Arnold Arboretum at one of the most beautiful times of year. The instructor is Erik Gehring, a freelance photographer and multi-media producer.

Learn about composition, color, light, depth of field and focus. Bring your camera and manual and familiarize yourself with the operation of your camera prior to the workshop. $70 fee. Register at Image copyright Erik Gehring.

Wednesday, October 25, 1:30 pm – Documenting the Pine Barrens

Botanical artist and NESBA member Kay Kopper received a grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists to paint plants and wildlife native to Southeastern Massachusetts, which has the second largest region of pine barrens remaining in the world. It is a habitat for pitch pine (Pinus rigida), scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia), cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis), and American woodcock (Scolopax minor), among other species. Kay will describe what an adventure and learning experience this project has been for her in a lecture on Wednesday, October 25, beginning at 1:30 pm at the Wellesley College Botanic Garden. Co-sponsored with the New England Society of Botanical Artists. Sponsor members free, nonmembers $10. Reserve by calling 781-283-3094 or emailing

Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Designing a Garden for All Seasons: Autumn Edition

How do you create an all-season garden that both captivates people and provides for wildlife year-round? On Tuesday, October 24 at Garden in the Woods, Anna Fialkoff will discuss designs and plant palettes for your garden that focus on structure and seasonal themes, with special attention to fall gardens. Afterward, you will walk through the Garden to see how the Society’s horticulture team tackles the autumn season. The New England Wild Flower Society session will begin at 10 am and is $62 for NEWFS members, $73 for nonmembers. Register online at

Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky

Berkshire Botanic Garden in Stockbridge will offer a fast-paced, information-saturated clinic to introduce design students, homeowners and others to opportunities to problem-solve the design process, leading to the basic conceptual elements of a landscape master plan. Ashfield artist Walt Cudnohufsky leads the October 28 session, from 9:30 – 4:30. Cost: $125. Register online at


Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 am – The Breakers Cultural Landscape Report

John Grove, Landscape Architect, and Leslie Carter, Landscape Architect, Reed Hilderbrand, will speak on Wednesday, October 25 at 11 am at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

The Preservation Society of Newport County commissioned Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects of Cambridge, MA in collaboration with Robinson & Associates Landscape Historians of Washington, DC to prepare a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for The Breakers. A CLR documents a site’s history and existing conditions, provides an analysis of the landscape’s integrity and significance, and outlines treatment recommendations for the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the property. Join us to learn about the fascinating history of The Breakers grounds and the guidelines established in preparation for its upcoming landscape rehabilitation. Image from

Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Register online at

Monday, October 23, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Betulaceae Family

Several interesting woody trees and shrub species form the Betulaceae family, which includes birches and their relatives, alders, hazelnuts, and hornbeams. Their wind-pollinated flowers, although inconspicuous, are very interesting, as is their method of seed dispersal. This New England Wild Flower Society course with Carol Govan provides an overview of what to look for when studying plant families. We will examine similarities and differences among genera and individual species, then head outdoors to explore members of this family in the Garden. The class will be held on Monday, October 23 from 10 – 2 at Garden in the Woods in Framingham. $53 for NEWFS members, $64 for nonmembers. Register at

Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Weird and Worrisome Tour

All neighborhoods have secrets but some are stranger than others. Just in time for Halloween, we will explore Jamaica Plain in Boston. Participants will stop at sites of anarchist robberies, stuffed elephants, and a nervine asylum and hear tales of train wrecks and things that lurk beneath the surface of Jamaica Pond. The Massachusetts Historical Society tour is hosted in collaboration with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Meet on Wednesday, October 25 at 6 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street in Jamaica Plain. $10 registration fee (no charge for MHS, ENC, or JPHS members.) Image from

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Warren Manning: A Force of Nature

Join Jane Roy Brown on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 pm at Garden in the Woods for a presentation about Warren Manning (1860­–1938), an innovative landscape architect and planner whose work is the subject of a new book, Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner that Brown co-edited. Manning had a national practice based in north suburban Boston, and for a time employed Will Curtis, who designed Garden in the Woods. The book will be available for purchase after the lecture. $8 for NEWFS members, $10 for nonmembers. Register online at