Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Garden Sculpture Workshop with DJ Garrity

Create a unique marble sculpture for the garden, home, or gallery, in this three day Tower Hill Botanic Garden workshop, to be held Friday – Sunday, October 10 – 12, from 9 am – 3:30 pm at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, Massachusetts.  Award winning sculptor and author DJ Garrity has designed this class for both the novice and experienced student.  The fee includes marble, and a suggested tool list will be provided.  $475 for Tower Hill Members, $525 for nonmembers.  Register on line by clicking HERE.

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, September 28, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 2014 Craft Festival

Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard, is teaming up with the Worcester Center for Crafts for the fourth year to bring you a juried craft festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. Forty of the most talented artists in New England will be selling their work under the tent at Fruitlands. Mark your calendar now and get ready to do some Christmas shopping in September!


Saturday, September 27, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Garden Dialogues: The Clark, New Landscape

On September 27th, get exclusive access to a celebrated landscape in Massachusetts and hear directly from the designers and the clients about their collaborative process.

How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

The Clark, New Landscape, will be presented by the Cultural Landscape Foundation on Saturday, September 27, from 4:30 – 7 in Williamstown, and a limited number of tickets are still available. Speakers will be Gary Hilderbrand, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, with Richard Rand, Senior Curator at The Clark and Matt Noyes, Grounds Manager at The Clark.

The new landscape and building complex at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, part of a 140-acre campus in the Berkshire Mountains, is one of 2014s most anticipated and highly praised projects. Fourteen years in the making, the ambitious expansion campaign led by architect Tadao Ando and landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand matches the museum’s mission to facilitate the interrelationship of art and nature. The institute, a respected art museum and center for research and higher education originally chartered in 1950 and built around the Clark family’s private collection, has grown to national stature and features European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.

The new Clark Art Institute landscape, which opened to the public on July 4, 2014, includes four miles of new walking trails, five new pedestrian bridges, and more than a thousand new trees. The focal point of the landscape is a set of tiered reflecting pools. Conceived by Ando and designed Reed Hilderbrand, the reflecting pools orchestrate a unified composition among the diverse architectural characters of the Institute’s family of buildings and the sweeping pastoral landscape beyond.  $125.  Register at

Sunday, October 5, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Handmade for the Garden

Author Susan Guagliumi will highlight ways to enhance your outdoor space with DIY tools, pots, embellishments and more, using easy-to-find, inexpensive and repurposed materials. Gardeners of all skill levels will discover artful ways to beautify and personalize their gardens with handmade objects. Guagliumi’s book, Handmade for the Garden, will be available for purchase at this Tower Hill Botanic Garden event, to be held Sunday, October 5 from 1 – 2. Cost: Included with Admission. Free for members. For information call 508-869-6111. (Note: this program was postponed from August due to weather.)

Saturday, October 4, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Preserving the Harvest: Jams and Chutneys

In this free Boston Natural Areas Network cooking class, learn how to preserve your bountiful harvest throughout the winter months with sweet jams and savory chutneys. The class will be held on Saturday, October 4, from 9:30 – 11:30 at the Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen, 560 Albany Street in the South End. Bring your own jar with a lid. Pre-registration required: contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or email

Cranberry Shallot Relish with Cinnamon and Red Wine

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 pm (Corrected Day) – Preparing for Climate Change in Boston: The Vital Role of Our Greenspaces

The Friends of the Public Garden will hold a members reception on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 pm at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart Street, on Preparing for Climate Change in Boston: The Vital Role of Our Greenspaces.  2012 was the warmest year on record in the US by one full degree.  By 2047, the coldest years will be warmer than today’s warmest. Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston, will discuss what Boston is doing to prepare for climate change, and how parks help.  The Friends will also be celebrating Hill Holliday for raising the visibility of the Friends through a generous marketing campaign.  Reception to follow program.

Event is free for members, but space is limited.  Please rsvp by Friday October 3 at, or call 617-723-8144.  Your membership can be renewed at this event.  Motor Mart Garage is lead sponsor for this reception.

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Knowing and Growing Gesneriads, Not Just African Violets

The World of Gesneriads is very diverse. These African violet relatives are often brightly colored, long flowering, and fun to grow.

Explore this family of exotic houseplants with Lyman Estate Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman, as she introduces you to Kohleria, Streptocarpus, Petrocosmea, Chirtia, and Columnea, at the Greenhouses at 185 Lyman Street in Waltham on Saturday, October 4 from 10 – 2. Image below of Kohleria ‘Longwood’ from

Fee $20. Registration is required. Call 781-891-1985, or visit


Weekends, September 20 – October 13 – Tower Hill’s Bountiful Harvest Season

Harvest season is approaching and that means Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, will be buzzing with four weekends of family activities celebrating summer’s bounty of plants, arts, and food.

The special programming begins Sept. 20 and 21 with an appreciation of fall foliage and flowers. Activities will include fall crafts, an apple heirloom apple tasting tour, and a show and sale of stunning begonias and gesneriad flowers, such as the African violet.

Local foods and flavors are the focus on the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28 with food and farm vendors on site both days, along with a display of vegetables grown at Tower Hill. On Saturday a youth garden workout, fall crafts, and apple tasting tour are all free with admission. Sunday features a garden tour as well as a wild edibles talk and walk.

Oct. 4 and 5 is Artisan Weekend at Tower Hill with vendors selling handmade creations all weekend. Saturday’s highlights include an apple tasting tour, wreath making, a chamber group featuring baroque favorites, and the opening of internationally renowned designers Patch NYC’s latest show. On Sunday, join in with Russell Powell, author of Apples of New England, for a free talk and apple tasting, listen in with Susan Guagliumi, author of Handmade for the Garden, for creative do-it-yourself techniques, or sign up for a workshop to learn how to make a “Mountain High Apple Pie.”

Tower Hill’s harvest weekend finale is Oct. 11 through 13. Activities include making leaf rubbings on a story walk, participating in a gardening book swap, creating fall crafts, joining a hay ride, sampling apples on a tasting tour, and learning about wild plants in the not-so-wild garden. Backyard chicken expert Terry Golson will host story time with her book Tillie Lays an Egg and Mass Audubon will conduct a Birds of Prey program.

Harvest season means enjoying autumn views of Tower Hill’s 132-acre landscape and Mt. Wachusett, exploring the sustainable – and exquisitely designed – vegetable garden before it yields to winter, and discovering Tower Hill’s rare collection of heirloom apples, including 238 trees and 119 pre-20th century varieties.

For more information on events presented by the nonprofit Tower Hill Botanical Garden at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Mass., please call 508-869-6111, visit, or email

Home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, Tower Hill Botanic Garden is less than an hour’s drive from Boston, Providence, Springfield, and Hartford and is nationally recognized as one of the finest gardens in the Northeast with more than 80,000 annual visitors and 6,000 active members.


Saturday, October 4, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm – Tango by Moonlight

Join the Charles River Conservancy on Saturday, October 4 from 7:30 – 11 at the Weeks Footbridge in Cambridge for a free event, Tango by Moonlight.  By the light of the full moon shimmering over the rippling waters of the Charles River, dance the Argentine Tango, or just watch and listen.  The Weeks Pedestrian Bridge is near Harvard Square, at Memorial Drive just east of JFK Street, and across from DeWolfe Street.  Raindate Sunday, October 5 if necessary.  For more information visit

Friday, October 3, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Native Plants, Native Brews, Native Talent

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road in Framingham, is the 45-acre botanical garden of New England Wild Flower Society, America’s oldest plant conservation organization, and boasts over 1,000 native plant species on display including 150 rare and endangered species.

Native plants are a riot of color in autumn and there is no better place to see them in a mature garden setting than at Garden in the Woods.

Join the Ecological Landscaping Alliance on Friday, October 3, from 5:30 – 8 for this unique opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage of native plants while reconnecting with native talent (colleagues) and sharing your favorite native brew. Bring a couple of your favorite native brews to this BYO & S (Bring Your Own and Swap) gathering for a twilight tour that is sure to sell out.  $25 for NEWFS and ELA members, $30 for nonmembers.

Native brew soft-drinks will be provided.  Image from

Mark Richardson is the Horticulture Director at New England Wild Flower Society and oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.
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Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 pm – The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

From medieval bestiaries to Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, we’ve long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer’s song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology—they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don’t.

With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson’s book—from the axolotl to the zebrafish—are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up—that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature’s “extreme survivors,” able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value—or fail to value—and what we might change.

Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Independent, and New Scientist. He lives in Oxford, UK. He will appear at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge, on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm. For more information visit

Sunday, September 28, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Wild Edibles Talk and Walk

From the woods to the meadows to our gardens, wild edibles are all around us. Join Dan Jaffe at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, September 28 from 1 – 3 for a comprehensive look at the wild plants that can fill your belly. With a focus on tasty species, this course will cover finding edibles in the wild as well as growing them in your own garden. Questions on sustainability and conservation of rare edible species will also be addressed. Co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society.  $20 for members of one of the sponsoring organizations, $30 for nonmembers.  Photo from Register on line at

Mondays, 2:00 pm Eastern Time – #plantchat

Coordinated by Corona Tools, #plantchat is a weekly one-hour Twitter conversation about horticulture.  Once a month, the American Horticultural Society if the guest host, rotating with Proven Winners, Rodale Institute, and Emergent (a group representing young horticulturists.)  Type in the hashtag #plantchat on Mondays at 2 pm Eastern time to join the discussions about sustainable gardening, ornamental and edible plants, career paths for young horticulturists, and other hot topics of the day.  Participants from all over the country will chime in with questions and advice.  Weekly topic information is posted at

Saturday, September 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Inspirational Gardens: A Walking Tour

We all know a well-designed landscape when we see it; we naturally respond to a garden that ‘works’ though it is sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly why. Enjoy a Brookline neighborhood stroll with an experienced gardener, Myrna Balk, who will point out the design principles underlying great gardens, and how to repeat these ideas in your own space. We will talk about styles of gardens, timing, color, and how spaces can create enclaves of beauty. Please bring a sketchbook or camera to capture ideas and inspirations for your garden. Meet on Woodland Road in the Larz Anderson area of Jamaica Plain – directions will be sent upon registration. (By the way, that’s the street Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are moving to.)  $20.  Register at

Tuesdays, September 30 and October 14, 1:00 pm – Friends of the Public Garden Public Garden Tour Program

The Friends of the Public Garden is launching a Public Garden Tour Program in 2015 and is actively recruiting docents to lead the tours. We are looking for men and women who are passionate about the trees, plantings, sculpture, and history of the Public Garden and who want to share that knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Requirements for the docent program include: attending six trainings a month, which will be held in January and February 2015; committing to giving two tours per month between May and October, 2015; joining or renewing membership in the Friends of the Public Garden. Docents should be out-going and eager to engage in conversation with the public; a loud voice would also be desirable.

Information sessions for the docent program will be held at the Friends office at 69 Beacon Street on Tuesday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. Please email or call 617-723-8144 to RSVP.  Photo by Elizabeth Jordan.


Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Preserving Forests in New England – Insights from Japan and Europe

The biological diversity of New England’s deciduous forests is threatened by habitat fragmentation, increasing homogeneity of the vegetation, and the loss of top predators. Most of the natural landscape is now dominated by medium-aged woodlands, leaving relatively little space for species that require open habitats, young forest, or old-growth forest. The future of deciduous forests also will depend on climate change and the introduction of insects and pathogens that decimate particular species of trees. Understanding the history and ecology of these forests is critical for sustaining their productivity and preventing the loss of biological diversity. Professor Robert Askins of Connecticut College will present a talk on Tuesday, September 30, from 7 – 8:30 in the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum on the major threats to our local forests and new insights for their protection from studies of remarkably similar forests in East Asia and Europe. His recently published book, Saving the World’s Deciduous Forests, will be available for purchase and signing.  Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember.  Register on line at

Thursday, October 16, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Massachusetts Horticultural Society Honorary Medals Dinner

Each year, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presents the Honorary Medals Dinner where the leading lights of horticulture are honored. The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of horticulturalists, plant innovators, and those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment.

Please join us on Thursday, October 16th for the 115th Honorary Medals Dinner where Mass Hort honors those individuals who have contributed to excellence in horticulture.

This year’s honorees include:

Horticulturist and Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia (retired)
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael Dirr has authored seven books and published numerous papers in the field of horticulture. His books have become seminal references in horticulture and landscape architecture. His passion for the field has inspired a new generation of students, gardeners, and professionals. For his work in the Green Industry, we are excited to present Dr. Dirr our highest award, and have him as this year’s keynote speaker.

Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm, Harborside, ME
Exceptional skills and publications in organic horticulture

The New England Wild Flower Society and Nasami Farm, Whately, MA
Propagation and promotion of rare and woody plants

Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts
Unique and inspiring arrangements

Kathryn Kennedy of the Center for Plant Conservation, St. Louis, MO
Organizing the cooperative effort to stabilize and protect rare, native plants

Kerry Mendez of Perennially Yours, Kennebunk, ME
Exceptional teaching and writing that increases public enjoyment and appreciation of horticulture

The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America
Public education of best horticulture practices and assistance in beautifying public spaces

David Dusenbury of the Walter Hunnewell Estates, Wellesley, MA
Noteworthy service in horticulture, overseeing historic grounds and plant collections

Tickets are $125 per person and you may order online at

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Saving Seeds with BNAN

The Boston Natural Areas Network and the Mattapan Branch Library will present a free workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 10 – noon at the Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. Complete the growing season by saving seeds from your most productive plants. During this final workshop in the Celebrating Seeds series, discuss when and how to collect seeds, methods of processing and proper storage conditions. Registration required, to register call 617-542-7696 or email

Sunday, September 28, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Massachusetts Outdoor Expo

September 28th promises to be a day of learning and fun for those who attend the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (Big MOE), to be held at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Big MOE, sponsored by the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society (FAWNS), is a free, family-oriented event celebrating outdoor skills, nature, art, and wildlife. The Big MOE presents a perfect opportunity to introduce young and old to a variety of outdoor skills and activities. Most of the same great stations from previous years will be at this year’s Expo, including fly tying, kayaking, trap shooting, a petting zoo, and many more.

New this year: State Ornithologist Drew Vitz (below) has developed a station called Introduction to Birding in Massachusetts. Stop by this station to hear recorded bird songs and get tips for viewing and identifying birds in the forest and field. Also, don’t miss the new and improved Bears of Massachusetts station, which will now include a barrel trap used by biologists to trap and collar bears.

The Big Moe is free thanks to the following co-sponsors: Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Hamilton Rod and Gun Club, The Weatherby Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited, and the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs. The Big MOE is in need of enthusiastic, outdoor-oriented volunteers willing to assist or host skills stations. Clubs, conservation organizations, and outdoor-oriented businesses wishing to host a skill station, assist others at an existing station, or make a donation are welcome. For more information on volunteering or exhibiting, contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or

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