Saturday, June 20, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Through the Garden Gate

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 The Perennial Planters Garden Club of Manchester, CT will host its Through the Garden Gate private garden tour. The tour is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine and it features 7 unique gardens.

Advanced tickets cost $20. Tickets can be purchased starting May 14th in Manchester at Garden Sales, 212 Oakland St.; Woodland Gardens, 168 Woodland St.; Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St. and in Glastonbury at Highland Park Market, 1320 Manchester Rd.

Day of tour tickets available at 225 Timrod Rd for $25. For more information visit

Tuesdays, June 16 – June 30, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm – Herbaceous Native Plants for Professionals

Join Dan Jaffe for this Ecological Landscape Alliance three session class at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Street in Framingham (June 16, 23, and 30) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less familiar native herbaceous species to your plant palette.

Dan Jaffe is a propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society. Prior to that, he earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, as well as an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from New England Wild Flower Society. After interning at Garden in the Woods, Mr. Jaffe worked for a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden. $162 for ELA members, $190 for nonmembers.
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Saturday, June 13, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Choosing the Right Plant

Learn essential gardening skills this summer at Garden in the Woods. Join the New England Wild Flower Society in the Garden to learn about Choosing the Right Plant. In this instructor-led demonstration, our horticultural professionals will show you how to get beautiful results in your garden using native plants. This session will take place Saturday, June 13, from 2 – 3, and is $16 for NEWFS members, $20 for nonmembers. Register online at Rosa rugosa image from

June through September – Earthwatch Urban Forest Program

The Earthwatch Urban Forest Program is now recruiting. With summer time approaching, come join us as a scientist for a day and help improve the sustainability of your city. Get experience conducting local field research alongside your community and enhance your understanding of the environment around you.

We would love for you to join us in the field for our 2015 summer season. As a participant on each one-day program, you will help collect data for a growing database about trees in Greater Boston neighborhoods. You will learn about the value of urban forests and the purpose of the research, identify tree species, measure tree diameter, and gather additional data on trees around Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, or Boston.

To learn more about the project and to sign up, please link to our website:

Use promotion code: TREES to join any expedition at no cost. Science, education, and engagement are key components of this program and essential elements in igniting a spark in the next generation. Bringing people out to collect data on urban trees gives them the opportunity to slow down and establish a personal connection with the green space in their city.

If you have any questions or are interested in putting together your own group team, please contact  Dates are June 6, June 27, July 7, July 28, August 22, August 29, and September 5.  Come for one day or as many days as you like.  All volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome to join if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sunday, June 28, 5:00 pm – Summer Solstice Farm2Fork Dinner

Join The Fruitlands Museum Board and staff in the field at Fruitlands for our 3rd annual Farm2Fork Dinner on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 5 pm. We’ll say adieu to our centennial year and celebrate the beginning of our 101st while supporting Fruitlands Museum’s educational programs.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the tent and tours of the museum buildings. Next, wander down the hill for outdoor dining under a summer sky on a delicious locally-sourced dinner provided by Fireside Catering from Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton, along with wine and live music. After dinner it’s back to the tent for champagne and dessert. The full menu will be posted as soon as it’s available.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1200 for a table of eight.  This event sells out quickly so purchase your tickets early on line at

Friday, June 5, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm – Sustainable Sites Tour of Rhode Island

Visit two notable sustainable landscapes in Rhode Island with the Ecological Landscape Alliance. The first is Kent Hospital, where an award-winning landscape design transformed the 40-acre campus into a showcase for sustainable design practices; we will see rain gardens and healing gardens. The second site is a small urban lot that was redesigned to reflect Rhode Island native plant communities, demonstrate enhanced storm water management, and promote biodiversity. Bring a bag lunch.  $68 for ELA members, $85 for nonmembers. Register and see more at:

Tom Benjamin is an independent registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional (AP BD+C) practicing design and sustainability consulting and is Principal of Wellnesscapes. Tom has more than 20 years experience in environmental design and sustainability work often focused on green design, including energy, waste, water and food systems. In addition to residential restoration, Tom’s site planning work emphasizes low cost, low maintenance landscape solutions for healthcare, academic and senior institutions, public facilities, commercial and residential developments, large-scale solar farms and community farms/gardens. Tom teaches sustainable landscape design at the University of Massachusetts. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including three for his sustainable landscape design work at Kent Hospital located in Warwick, RI. Tom is also a Board Member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA).

Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Garden to Table’s Spring Dinner in the Crockett Garden

Join Chef John Lawrence from Peppers Fine Catering as he prepares an early spring dinner featuring local produce and herbs that will way up all your senses. Enjoy a class of wine and seasonal cocktail as John teaches us how to make the most of the early season’s offerings. The dinner will take place in The Crockett Garden at The Gardens at Elm Bank on Tuesday, June 2, from 6 – 8:30. Cost: Mass Hort Members $65, Non-Members $70. Register at|427|433/garden-to-table-s-spring-dinner-in-the-crockett-garden?filter_reset=1.

Saturday, June 13, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – A Walk with the Director of Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum

Take advantage of an opportunity to see Blithewold’s incredible grounds through the eyes of Executive Director, Karen Binder, on Saturday, June 13 from 10 – 11. On a leisurely stroll, Karen will highlight the outdoor elements, including exciting updates to buildings and grounds, as well as seasonal specimens.

Families with children are welcome to attend. Register today at Group Size limit to 20. Participants will meet at the Blithewold Visitor Center. Admission, plus $3 Children, $5 Adults. (Pay admission at the door) Blithewold is located at 101 Ferry Road, Rt. 114, in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Saturday, June 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Opening Reception: Arboretum Inspiration, Image and Word

Together, poet Holly Guran and photographer Philip McAlary have witnessed the continuous inspiration of the Arnold Arboretum. Their nature-focused images and words complement each other, melding sight, sound, and mind. Frequent walks in the landscape were the influence and force behind this collaboration uniting McAlary’s vibrant images with Guran’s thoughtful words.

Holly Guran, author of the chapbooks River Tracks (Poets Corner Press), Mothers’ Trails (Noctiluca Press), and the forthcoming River of Bones (Iris Press), earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award in 2012.

Philip L. McAlary studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. His photos have appeared on websites including Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wagner Society of Boston, and Carpenter Poets of Eastern Massachusetts. The exhibition will run at the Hunnewell Center of the Arnold Arboretum June 5 – September 3. The free opening reception will take place Saturday, June 6 from 1 – 3.

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Up in the Trees: An Arborist’s View Walk, Talk, and Climb!

On Saturday, June 6, from 10 – noon, tour the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, view the exceptional and diverse tree collection and learn about these gentle giants and their importance in the landscape. Following the tour, join Massachusetts Certified arborist Melissa LeVangie for a tree-climbing demonstration. Massachusetts Certified Arborist Tom Ingersoll will share with participants the principles of arboriculture and the care of trees, including assessment of species, shape, size and cultural requirements required to maintain a happy, healthy personal forest. This walking tour will cover the importance of selecting the “right plant for the right place” as well as the challenging relationship between trees, turf and the rest of the built landscape. Following the tour, watch an up-close demonstration of professional tree climbing. Enjoy the morning by walking, talking and admiring some of nature’s most magnificent gifts and watch these talented arborists as they ascend into the trees. This program is for all tree huggers. Free for Berkshire Botanical Garden members, free with admission for nonmembers. Meet in the main parking lot.15.6.06.Up-in-the-Trees


Tuesday, June 9, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Gardening for Pollinators

Pollinators are all the buzz these days, but what are they and why are they so important? In this New England Wild Flower Society class on Tuesday, June 9, from 10 – 12:30, you will learn how essential pollinators are to the reproductive success of the world’s flowering plants, and take away easy tips for attracting and supporting pollinators to your own garden and yard. The class is given by Ellen Sousa at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, and the fee is $33 for NEWFS and Mass Audubon members, $40 for nonmembers, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Register online at Image from

Saturday, May 30, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels

This Massachusetts Horticultural Society program on Saturday, May 30, from 9 – 1 at Elm Bank in Wellesley, is based on Tom Wessel’s book, Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England. It introduces people to approaches used
to interpret a forest’s history while wandering through it. Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape. This process could easily be called forest forensics, since it is quite similar to interpreting a crime scene.

Tom is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. Presently, he is Faculty Emeritus. Tom has conducted landscape ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape.

MUST PRE-REGISTER.  Please attend dressed to walk on uneven surfaces and in weather-appropriate attire. Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $35, Non-Members $40. Register online at|427|433/reading-the-forested-landscape-with-tom-wessels?filter_reset=1.

Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – New England Plant Swap

Sharing is one of the best parts of gardening. And if you haven’t been to a good, old-fashioned plant swap, you’re in for a treat.  Pot up your excess prized plants to share. Load up your bounty and head to Adam’s Farm, 999 North St, Walpole MA, June 6, 2015 at 9 am. There, you will meet other local gardeners with their booty. For more information visit, or call 508-507-9629.

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Urban Gardening

Living in an apartment? Have no yard? Downsizing? Attend this Massachusetts Horticultural Society lecture on Thursday, May 28 from 7 – 8:30 in the Parkman Room of Elm Bank Education Building, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, to gain tips and tricks on how to grow your own garden in small spaces even if you have no soil to call your own.

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Lifetime Master Gardener, Education Coordinator and past president of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association and a retired systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel is also a member of the Garden to Table committee at Mass Hort and helped to establish and maintain a food production garden at Raytheon that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for five years.  Image from

Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $10, Non-Members $15. Register online at|427|433/urban-gardening?filter_reset=1.

Sunday, June 7, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Emerald Necklace Walk

Beginning in Franklin Park, this free six-hour National Park Service walking tour on Sunday, June 7 from 8 – 2  will examine Olmsted’s masterpiece of linear park design, The Emerald Necklace. Pastures, ponds and parkways were woven into the city’s fabric and combined both state-of-the-art engineering with artistic sensibility. The walk will end in the Back Bay Fens where people can ride the “T” back to Franklin Park or anywhere they wish. Bring a lunch. REGISTRATION is required – please visit  We don’t need to emphasize that comfortable shoes are a must.

Wednesday, June 3, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Ashintully Garden: From a Designer’s View

Ashintully, the name given to the original 1,000-acre estate belonging to Egyptologist Robb de Peyster Tytus, is located in Tyringham, MA. The garden was a gift of John Stewart McLennan Jr. and his wife Katharine to The Trustees of Reservations. Mr. McLennan, an accomplished and honored composer, designed the elegant gardens over 30 years as a parallel creative effort to his musical work. Tour the garden at Ashintully on Wednesday, June 3, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm with landscape architect Walter Cudnohufsky and see this important garden through fresh and discerning eyes. There will be a detailed and lively group discussion about what makes Ashintully great. Participants will learn about garden design as a set of planned relationships and an exercise of restraint, focusing on the ten most important garden design principles as illustrated in Walter’s forthcoming book. The gardens blend several natural features into an ordered arrangement with both formal and informal beauty. In 1997, Ashintully Gardens received the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s H. Hollis Hunnewell Medal. Enjoy a fresh June morning at this lovely garden space.

Walter Cudnohufsky, M.L.A. is a long-time dedicated teacher. Having founded and for 20 years directed the nationally acclaimed Conway (Mass.) School of Landscape Design, he has honed a reasoned approach to planning/design. Currently, his firm is engaged in many diverse and stimulating planning/design projects throughout the region.

Dress for outdoors with sturdy walking shoes.  Berkshire Botanical Garden member price $40, nonmembers $45.  Register on line at

Thursday, June 4 – Monday, June 8 – Garden Days at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Take part in one of Emily Dickinson’s favorite pastimes – gardening.  Join the staff of The Emily Dickinson Museum June 4-8 for Garden Days, an annual effort to prepare the Museum’s historic grounds for summer. Volunteers with all levels of experience are welcome to plant, weed, and beautify under the direction of landscape historian Marta McDowell, author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardens.

Garden Days begins on Thursday, June 4, during the monthly Amherst Art Walk. A Garden Days volunteer meet-up and orientation starts at 5 pm, followed by an “art in the garden” session until 7 pm. At 6:45 pm, a poetry reading by Amherst-area poets Seth Landman and Kelin Loe will be held in the Homestead parlor.

On Saturday, June 6, at 3 pm, Marta McDowell will lead a free tour of the museum grounds. This event is open to the public, and begins in the Homestead garden.

As a special thank you, Garden Days volunteers are invited to tour the Museum at no charge on Sunday, June 7. Tours will be held at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. For more information, or to sign up for a Volunteer Shift below, visit

Friday, June 5
9 am – noon and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 6
9 am – noon and 4 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, June 7
9 am – noon
Monday, June 8
9 am – noon
Marta McDowell lives, gardens and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She teaches landscape history and gardening at the New York Botanical Garden, where she was named “Instructor of the Year” in 2011. Her book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005, and she was an advisor for the New York Botanical Garden’s 2010 show.

Her latest book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, was published by Timber Press in 2013. Marta is active in the Chatham Community Garden and is on the board of the NJ Historical Foundation at the Cross Estate in Bernardsville. Her husband, Kirke Bent, summarizes her biography as “I am therefore I dig.”

Seth Landman is the author of four chapbooks and the full-length poetry collections Confidence (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015) and Sign You Were Mistaken (Factory Hollow Press, 2013). His work can be found in Boston Review, iO, Jellyfish, Lit, and elsewhere. He received his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Denver (2013) and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts (2008) where he is currently an Academic Advisor in Humanities and Fine Arts.

Kelin Loe is the author of These Are The Gloria Stories (Factory Hollow Press 2014) and the chapbook The Motorist (minutesBOOKS 2010). She lives in Northampton, MA, and is working towards a PhD in Rhetoric at UMass Amherst.

The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens, opens for 2015 on Wednesday, March 4. Museum hours are 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Find out more about visiting here.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about the poet’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for public and academic enrichment.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is owned by the Trustees of Amherst College and overseen by a separate Board of Governors. The Museum is responsible for raising its own operating and capital funds.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is a member of Museums10, a collaboration of ten museums linked to the Five Colleges in the Pioneer Valley–Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – 2nd Annual Greenovate Boston Community Summit

The Greenovate Boston Community Summit is a day-long gathering that brings together residents, businesses, and organizations to help Boston reach its climate goals by sharing best practices and connecting them to each other, to the City, and to other resources and information.  Presented by the City of Boston, the Summit will take place Saturday, June 6, from 10 – 4 at the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit Perhaps the potential impacts from the City’s Olympic bid, or the proposed zoning changes for Newbury and Boylston Streets, may be addressed.

Through June 30 – Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

The Polly Hill Arboretum in Martha’s Vineyard currently hosts a traveling exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat.  Fifteen species of trees highlight the various sources of threat and possible consequences of species loss for both humans and the ecosystems the trees inhabit.  Katherine Scott of the Vineyard Gazette says “Most threats are related, either directly or indirectly, to human activities: deforestation for timber, clearing for agriculture, climate change (affecting vulnerability to pests,) invasive plants competing with native species and exploitation of the tree as a resource.  The trees in the exhibit represent six of the seven continents.”  For more information call 508-693-9426. For the complete article visit

Sunday, June 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – City Spaces, Country Places Garden Tour

Visit private gardens of distinction on this exclusive self-guided Tower Hill Botanic Garden tour on Sunday, June 14 from 10 – 4. This year’s tour explores gardens in Worcester and Shrewsbury and nearby towns. Advanced sales: Member $20, Non-member $25. Day of tour: Member $25, Non-member $30. Patron $75. Sponsor: $125. Purchase tickets online at, or call 508-869-6111. Image from

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