Monday, April 30 – Thursday, May 10 – National Parks of the Southwest

Join a small active group in spring of 2018 (April 30 – May 10) for a land tour of the National Parks of the Southwest. The Southwest is a land of scenes epic in scope. Begin in Tucson at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, a 98-acre tribute to the natural world comprising a zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, and art gallery. Encounter Sedona, famed for its towering red sandstone formations, on an open-air jeep tour. Visit the Grand Canyon, often considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Embark on a rafting excursion on the smooth waters of the Colorado River before traveling onto Navajo land to discover Upper Antelope Canyon. In southern Utah, hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, then spend a day amid the wondrous Zion National Park, one of the most diverse national parks in the United States. Study leader Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, will discuss America’s National Parks: Brief history and current issues; Western Water Wars: How does water scarcity and state laws complicate life in the West; and The Interconnectivity between American Indian Reservations: Culture and History. Pricing starts from $4,495 per person land only / $4,795 per person including air. Registration form is available online at, or call 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.

Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – The Farmer’s Table

Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner featuring cider, ale, and wine pairings by Carry Out Cafe and produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, in this September 1or September 2 Historic New England dinner at the farm, located at 5 Little’s Lane in Newbury, Massachusetts.

These meals honor the recent history of farming at Spencer-Peirce-Little. The Stekionis family lived and worked at the farm from 1913 until 1994, while Dick Walsh came to grow spinach during World War II and never left. Historic New England now leases the land to local farmers such as Colby Farm, keeping a long tradition alive. Must be at least 21. $65 Historic New England members; $85 nonmembers.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 or register online at

Tuesday, February 13 – Sunday, February 18 – South Florida: The Best of Miami & Naples Gardens

Join Pacific Horticulture for an immersive garden adventure in the semi-tropical clime of South Florida, February 13 – 18. From our base in Miami we’ll visit Kampong, a botanical garden that was once the private estate of Dr. David Fairchild, an influential horticulturist and plant collector. Other botanical garden visits include Montgomery Botanical Center and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, lush educational gardens committed to the conservation of tropical plants, and we’ll take in the exquisite beauty of a 20-acre estate in Redlands known at Patch of Heaven (pictured). Our visit to R.F. Orchids includes a tour of the beautiful nursery and background on their history, production methods, and sales operation.

Landscape designer Raymond Jungles, who is renowned for his work on private gardens and resort hotels throughout Florida and the Caribbean, will accompany our group to Naples Botanical Garden. Jungles, who was part of the garden’s design team, will provide a special tour with backstory about the garden’s design and implementation. The designer will also provide our group exclusive entrance to four private home gardens that he has created and join us for a farewell dinner at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse on Miami Beach. This tour will be escorted by San Diego landscape designer Amelia B. Lima. Land cost $2,920 per person. For more information visit 

Sunday, August 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Fermentation Festival

Boston Ferments is holding their fifth annual Fermentation Festival in The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market on Sunday, August 27th from 10am-4pm! Like previous Fermentation Fests, this year will be a *free* tour de fermentation composed of dozens of speakers, demos, small fermenting businesses & authors.

One centerpiece of the fest will be our free communal crowd-sourced #KrautMob (sponsored by Boston Organics!) here everyone will be invited to make sauerkraut together under the guidance of local fermentation experts. For more information email

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8 – What’s Out There Weekend: Indianapolis

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming What’s Out There Weekend: Indianapolis. The Weekend, October 6 – 8, will offer free tours of the city’s renowned modernist landscapes, as well as highlight other regional gems. The tours will be led by experts in history and landscape design, revealing a largely unrecognized legacy of thoughtful landscape architecture and design in the heart of the Midwest.

What’s Out There Weekend: Indianapolis and its accompanying City Guide are made possible in large part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works and Lilly Endowment Inc., and in partnership with the Indiana Cultural Landscapes Committee of the Indiana Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects (INASLA). The seven-person committee is led by Meg Storrow, FASLA, Chair, and David Gordon, ASLA Trustee, Vice Chair.

Further details on the Weekend’s schedule and registration will be made available in the coming months at For more information, or to volunteer for the event, please contact Dena Tasse-Winter at

Friday, August 25, 7:00 pm – The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Meet the natural lovechild of the popular local-foods movement and craft cocktail scene. It’s here to show you just how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind mixed drinks with common flowers, berries, roots, and leaves that you can find along roadsides or in your backyard. Foraging expert Ellen Zachos gets the party started with recipes for more than 50 garnishes, syrups, infusions, juices, and bitters, including Quick Pickled Daylily Buds, Rose Hip Syrup, and Chanterelle-infused Rum. You’ll then incorporate your handcrafted components into 45 surprising and delightful cocktails, such as Stinger in the Rye, Don’t Sass Me, and Tree-tini. This lecture and book signing will take place at 7 pm on Friday, August 25 at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge. For more information visit

From the Archives: Greenhouse Space

On February 10, 1983, Michael Connor, then Superintendent of Horticulture in the Boston Parks Department, was our guest, speaking on the topic of Perennials for the Library Courtyard.  At the time, our Club maintained the garden at the main branch on Boylston Street. He outlined what perennials could be started from seed, and the various methods of propagation. He volunteered greenhouse space at Franklin Park. The consensus was that annual begonias would be planted in the spring, and perennials could be started the following year. Mr. Connor then offered the Club a tour of the Franklin Park Greenhouses in May.  Notes indicate the tour took place, with only four Club members attending. Ultimately, perennials, most notably hosta and pachysandra, were planted in the library beds. with many of the plants coming from past President Margaret Pokorny’s gardens in New Hampshire, and these plants were divided and redivided over the years.  Having greenhouse space offered by the City was a special tribute to our Club’s energy in pursuing neighborhood beautification projects, which continue today.

Thursday, August 24, 7:00 pm – Fiery Ferments

The authors of the best-selling Fermented Vegetables are back at Porter Square Books on Thursday, August 24 at 7 pm, and this time they’ve brought the heat with them. Whet your appetite with more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, with recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste, Aleppo Za’atar Pomegranate Sauce, and Mango Plantain Habanero Ferment, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also make cameo appearances. Dozens of additional recipes for breakfast foods, snacks, entrees, and beverages highlight the many uses for hot ferments.

Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Porter Square Books is located at 25 White Street in Cambridge. More information at

Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bee Weekend

On August 26 and 27, enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, honey tastings, hands-on activities, games and much more as visitors to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, learn about the fascinating world of bees and why they are important for our gardens. Free with admission. Interactive Displays feature:

Pollinate New England, NE Wildflower Society: Learn to plant diverse, systemic pesticide-free native plants that support a wide variety of pollinators throughout their life cycles.
Master Gardeners from the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association: Get answers to your gardening questions and tips for bee and pollinator friendly gardening.
Blossoms by Bees: Learn about their mission to revitalize and protect the native flora population for pollinators through educational events and habitat conservation.
Worcester County Beekeepers: The Worcester County Beekeepers Association has been a leader in beekeeping education for over one hundred years. They are the oldest county beekeeping organization in the United States, with members from all over New England. Through their beekeeping school, quarterly newsletters, monthly meetings and outreach activities, the club provides ongoing education for our members. Get more information at their Educational table.
Brilliant Botany: Geared toward kids and families. Brilliant Botany is a resource for anyone interested in plants, and a means for building community. Brilliant Botany’s web content has been used by teachers, professors, and the general public to build knowledge about the amazing natural world that surrounds us.
Crafts/Games: Enjoy bee-themed crafts and games about pollination in the garden.
Scavenger Hunt: Children and visitors of all ages can enjoy exploring our grounds with a pollination-themed scavenger hunt.
Collaborative Art Project: Each visitor will be able to add to our growing beehive! Decorate your own honeycomb cell to see what we can create together.
Photo Booth
Honey Tasting

There will be lectures on pollinator-friendly gardening along with workshops on late summer containers and seed saving, plus extraction demos and a Bee Parade. Photo by jsmcelvery. For complete information visit

Saturday, August 26, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Nature Walk with Dr. Bob

What is that bird you hear? What wild animals live beyond those trees? What marine life swims just offshore? Are those mushrooms poisonous? Dr. Bob has the answers. He shares his wide-ranging experience of the natural world during a walk through the fields, woodlands, and coastline of Historic New England’s Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road in Saunderstown, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 26 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. This Historic New England guided tour changes depending on the season and what Mother Nature puts in your path.

Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunblock, bug spray, and water. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Casey Farm tour table at the Coastal Growers’ Market.

Free to Historic New England members; $6 nonmembers; $3 nonmember children ages five to twelve. Please call 401-295-1030 ext. 5 for more information.