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

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 (  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


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

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 Image from

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 or 617-566-1689, ext. 265.

Garden How-To Free On Line Workshops

Horticulture Magazine’s free online Smart Gardening Workshops give you access to great garden speakers from the comfort of your own home. They have no new workshops scheduled at this time, but you can access recordings of past workshops at Here is a sampling:

Dr. A’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals

Dr. Allan Armitage talks about new and great performers for your garden. Annuals aren’t just petunias anymore—they are extraordinary, diverse and colorful. Perennials continue to excite all gardeners, and Dr. A. highlights some of the most exciting, from hellebores to heucheras, American natives and more.

Grow Organic: Making The Transition

Growing a beautiful and productive garden without chemicals isn’t difficult, but it does require a shift in attitude and a dose of patience. In this workshop, Jessica Walliser (pictured below) shares a new understanding of the ease and convenience of organic practices. From soil management and cultural practices to pest control and dealing with “the junkie issue” (plants that have developed a fertilizer dependency), this talk is meant to present attendees with a deeper understanding of organic practices and offer plenty of tips for ensuring a successful garden.

Sunday, March 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Explore the World in a Cup of Tea

Tea can be sweet, rich, buttery, and citrus-like. It can wake you up and calm you down. Tea has a history that spans the globe and health benefits that will keep you going. It has been cultivated for over 4,000 years and is the second most popular drink in the world (behind water). On Sunday, March 5 at 1 pm at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, come spend some time getting to know tea’s delightful flavors and aromas, as well as its fascinating history, how it’s made, where it’s from, and what it can do for you. You’ll learn how to steep tea for best flavor and sample several varieties, including a delicate white, refreshing green, smooth oolong, malty black, and more.

Instructor Hillel Bromberg grew up drinking Lipton with lots of sugar and lemon. His love affair with tea began with a rich pu-ehr that tasted like no tea he had ever had. Then he found a malty keemun. When the oolongs entered his life, he knew he had found a home in tea. Hillel is a certified tea sommelier always looking to increase his own knowledge of tea and expose as many people as possible to the delights of Camellia sinensis. He dreams of opening a tea shop where people can sit, slow down, and enjoy a proper cup properly steeped. When he’s not sipping, he writes, bikes, cares for his family, and cooks fine vegetarian fare. $20 for Tower Hill members, $35 for nonmembers. Register online at  Image from

Tuesday, February 28 – Discount Registration Deadline for the 2018 World Bromeliad Society Conference in San Diego

Planning for the 2018 Fiesta de las Bromelias conference, taking place May 29 – June 3, 2018 is well underway. We have secured the fantastic bayside resort Paradise Point which is close to San Diego restaurants, parks, attractions and the airport. We hope that you will plan on joining us for an exciting bromeliad extravaganza. There are several bromeliad growers and nurseries within striking distance, and there are both public and private gardens to see.

San Diego shares a border with the Mexican state of Baja California. Our mild, dry Mediterranean climate means that xerophytic plants are particularly well-suited here. [Think Puya, Dykia, Hechtia and the many dry Tillandsias.] Yet within these limits, almost anything can be grown with regular irrigation under shade cloth! San Diego, the eighth largest city in the USA, is often referred to as “America’s Finest City”. Known for its great climate, pristine beaches, friendly people and a plethora of entertainment options, San Diego is a favorite travel destination for visitors across the globe. Our city has a huge variety of horticultural attractions close to the conference venue, and the resort is set on 44 lushly landscape acres.

Balboa Park is located just minutes from downtown San Diego. Admittance is free to the Park grounds, Botanical Building, outdoor gardens, and some attractions. The San Diego Zoo is located inside the park. Most of the horticultural societies, meet in the park, and there are botanical oddities and interesting things to see at every turn. Other destinations close by include Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla Cove and other free parks and beaches.
There are some great Southern California nurseries specializing in Tillandsias; maybe we’ll see their plants at the sale, alongside plants from other nurseries and local growers.

Registration Fee:

• $350.00 if postmarked July 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017
• $390.00 if postmarked March 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018.
• All registrations after May 1st, 2018 will be at the door at the rate of $425.00.

If you are not a current BSI member, your annual membership fee must be paid, in addition to, the above Conference registration fee as follows:
• USA residents add $45 single and $60 dual membership (add $5 for 1st class delivery)
• Other countries add $50 single and $65 dual membership (includes airmail delivery)

For complete information and registration forms, visit

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Planting in the Public Realm: Projects and Projections

The Harvard Graduate School of Design will conduct a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 in Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, Quincy Street in Cambridge.

Plant life, long regarded in cities as an amenity, has throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries also become an accepted necessity integral to the urban fabric. Yet, there are multiple challenges facing plants and planting design in urban areas. Pollution, climate change, increasingly restricted space, and insufficient or nonexistent public budgets for plants are only some of the factors that make it difficult for vegetation in our cities to survive. Yet numerous new public urban parks have been created, tree planting programs persist, new plant cultivars are developed, spontaneous plant growth is studied, and new planting design paradigms are proposed.

In a series of short presentations and a moderated discussion, landscape architects, planting designers, and ecologists will assess the current state of the art in planting the public realm. The event seeks to draw out ideas for how plants can be used in the future design of urbanizing areas to create healthy, sustainable, inclusive, and appealing environments. What is the importance of planting the public realm today, and what are its biggest challenges? What are the roles of landscape architects, designers, ecologists, and plant scientists in accommodating plant life in cities and in areas that are becoming urbanized, and are we beyond botanical xenophobia? Moderated by author Sonja Dümpelmann, associate professor of landscape architecture, with Steven Handel, visiting professor in landscape architecture; Noel Kingsbury, writer and garden designer; Norbert Kühn, TU Berlin; Doug Reed MLA ’81, lecturer in landscape; and Matthew Urbanski MLA ’89, associate professor in practice of landscape architecture.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 3, 6:45 pm – Creating and Leveraging a Virtual Herbarium of New England for Biodiversity Science

The New England Botanical Club will hold its March meeting on Friday, March 3, beginning at 6:45 in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Charles Davis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Vascular Plants, Harvard University.  His talk is entitled Creating and Leveraging a Virtual Herbarium of New England for Biodiversity Science.  The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information visit Picture courtesy of Harvard Gazette.