Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Pruning for Fruit Production: Pome and Stone Fruit Trees

This Berkshire Botanical Garden demonstration/workshop on Saturday, April 7 from 10 – 3 will focus on the specifics of pruning stone and pome fruit trees and some small fruits, including cane fruits and ribes. Unlike for ornamental woody plants, pruning for fruit is a special science that is designed to maximize fruit production. Learn the principles of pruning for shape, size, and, most importantly, fruit production. Watch a structural pruning demonstration on newly planted fruit trees. Semi-dwarf orchard trees, including mature and newly planted trees, will be available for pruning.

Steve McKay is the former Grape and Small Fruit Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension in eastern New York State. He own Micosta, a fruit nursery located in Hudson, NY, and specializes in traditional and unusual fruit tree and small fruits. $45 for BBG members, $55 for nonmembers. Participants should dress warmly and bring pruners and work gloves; dress for the weather. Register at

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Saturday, April 21 – The 14th Annual Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium

The 14th Annual Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium will take place Saturday, April 21 at The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. The symposium features:

Five info-packed lectures led by nationally and regionally renowned professionals in their fields. Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus from the University of Vermont will speak on Top Flowers and Vegetables for Northern Gardens, and Gardening in a Changing Climate. Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens will present Succulent Love. Valerie Rollins of Four Star Greenhouse will Discover the Magic Behind Growing Great Herbs, and Kerry Ann Mendez of Perennially Yours will speak on New and Unusual Perennials, Flowering Shrubs, and Annuals.

A Gardeners Marketplace runs all day with plant vendors, artisans, gardening gifts and products. Terrific handouts, door prizes and garden gifts for everyone!

Special overnight room rates for symposium attendees at The Woodstock Inn and Resort. This is an opportunity to connect with hundreds of gardeners from around the Northeast and beyond. Register online ($98) at

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Friday, April 6, 6:45 pm – New England Lichens: Leveraging Past Riches to Understanding the Present and Future

The New England Botanical Club Distinguished Speaker, Dr. James Lendemer, will speak on Friday, April 6 at 6:45 pm in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxfore Street in Cambridge. Dr. Lendemer is Assistant Curator, Lichenology, Institute of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden, and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Graduate Center, City University of New York. His topic is New England Lichens: Leveraging Past Riches to Understanding the Present and Future. Dr. Lendemer says: “As the staff lichenologist and an assistant curator in the Institute of Systematic Botany, I spearhead a diverse program of research and education focused on lichens—symbiotic fungi that are often considered to be the equivalent of corals on land. I oversee the curation of the lichen collection at New York Botanical Garden, the largest such collection in the western hemisphere, and one that serves scientists and land managers worldwide by providing access to unique high quality data. My research focuses on understanding the biodiversity of lichens in North America, while simultaneously working with collaborative partners to develop and implement conservation strategies that will safeguard those species for future generations.” Free and open to the public. For more information visit

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Spring Hive Management

Join Massachusetts State Beekeeper Ken Warchol on Saturday, March 31 at 10 am at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an in-depth lecture on spring management of honey bee hives. This lecture will focus on how to manage spring hive population build-up, feeding, dividing, pest monitoring and protection and most importantly how to prevent swarming. For beekeepers this program will provide critical information and most especially timing of important management techniques to get the honey season off to a positive start. Following this class, participants are welcome to stay to meet and discuss beekeeping with others. $5 for BBG members, $10 for nonmembers. Register online at

Ken Warchol, is a 6th generation beekeeper and former teacher whose lectures are enjoyed by expert and novice beekeepers alike. He has previously served as a Massachusetts State Bee Inspector. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting. Image of Ken Warchol from

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Vernal Mustards

Members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), both native and introduced, are among the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring. Using images and herbarium specimens, this New England Wild Flower Society presentation by Ted Elliman at Garden in the Woods on March 31 from 10 – 2 will discuss the identification features and habitats of a number of the species in this confusing and often overlooked group of wildflowers, including species of Arabidopsis, Boechera, Brassica, Cardamine, Draba, Lepidium, and several other mustard genera. $53 for NEWFS members, $64 for nonmembers. Register at

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Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Revealing a Sense of Place

Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join Grow Native Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, as Matthew Cunningham explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.  Image below from Turf Magazine.

This lecture if free, and co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. For more information visit

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Tuesday, March 27, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Common Sense Growing

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts is excited to host Jamie Colen, the Garden Director at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am. The event is a horticulture morning not to be missed.  Jamie, with almost 20 years as Garden Director at one of the last working formal estate gardens of the 20th century, presents a slide show entitled Common Sense Growing. It dispels many garden myths and misconceptions as well as touches upon a short history of Fuller Gardens. Location: Espousal Center (554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA) Cost: $5.00 Contact: Misty Florez at

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Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Twenty Second Annual Gibson House Museum Benefit

An elegant (and fun!) affair, the Gibson House Museum’s annual benefit is a major fundraising opportunity for the museum. All proceeds support the museum’s mission of preserving and sharing this unique time capsule of Boston life. This year they will honor Jean Carroon, a principal with award-winning Boston design firm Goody Clancy, for her career as a preservation architect and her role in the stewardship of more than a dozen National Historic Landmarks, including Trinity Church, Old South Church, Church of the Covenant, Arlington Street Church, and the Ayer Mansion. The evening will take place April 11 beginning at 6 pm at The Chilton Club, 152 Commonwealth Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Tuesdays, April 3 – May 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon or 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm- Improve Your Watercolor Skills

Join the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for this eight-week course (choose morning or afternoon sessions) beginning April 3 with artist and instructor Nan Rumpf. Classes are designed to further develop your watercolor painting skills and techniques. Each lesson is an activity designed to explore a different art element, principle, or painting technique. Explore the many possibilities of watercolor as you enhance your personal painting style and discover your artistic voice. Handouts, demos, painting examples, critiques will be supplied by the instructor.

Nan Rumpf grew up in a small Iowa town on the banks of the Mississippi River, where she spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors on her bicycle and daydreaming under a lilac bush. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. She currently lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has worked as a professional puppeteer, designing and constructing her own puppets and masks. She organized dramatic arts workshops in public schools and libraries for twenty years.

She has studied watercolor painting with Susan Swinand, Jane Goldman, Paul George, Charles Reid, Miles Batt, and Cheng Khee Chee. Her paintings have been exhibited at The DeCordova Museum School Gallery, The Danforth Museum, The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, The Attleboro Arts Museum, The Wellesley Free Library (First Place Award), The Center For The Arts in Natick, Art on the Common in Needham (First Place Award), The Clinton Art show (Best In Show), Post Road Art (First Place Award in the Abstract Show), The Wellesley Community Center (Margaret Fitzwilliam Award for Excellence in Watercolor), The New England Watercolor Society Show in Cotuit (Woodruff Art Center Award) and her painting Soaring was awarded by George Nick in Concord Art’s Juried Members show.

She is a member of the Concord Art Association, the Wellesley Society of Artists, The Rhode Island Watercolor Society and is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society. She was chosen as one of the two art judges for The Amazing Things Summer Juried Art Show in 2012. Learn more at The class will be held in the Cheney Room of the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. Mass Hort Member Cost: $125; Non Member Cost $160. Register at

Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Twilight Garden Party

The 2017 Twilight Garden Party will be held Tuesday, June 5th, from 6 – 8:30 pm at the historic St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay. Designed by McKim, Mead and White, the Club’s beautiful, historic interior is a perfect setting for our annual fund raising event.

The Garden Club of the Back Bay is committed to the trees and greens spaces of our historic Back Bay neighborhood. We work hard all year to keep the trees healthy and beautiful for future generations of Bostonians and visitors. Trees provide us with healthy air to breathe and a shady path to walk. This spring we embark on a new and exciting project in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, planting 23 new trees in the last block of Marlborough Street (between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East.) The Marlborough Street Tree Project is even more ambitious than our very successful Clarendon Street Tree Project. The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and the Charlesgate Alliance heartily endorse us.

This year we are launching a new website,, that will serve as a visual, online database of all trees in the Back Bay.

To support our efforts, visit our Shop at

Underwriters ($3,000): 6 tickets to the Party plus recognition as Underwriter on the invitation, press releases, and other publicity, company logo on invitation and website, and on-site visibility (signage)

Major Supporter ($1,500): 4 tickets to the Party plus recognition as Major Supporter on invitation, and on-site visibility (signage)

Gold Leaf (($750): 3 tickets to the Party plus recognition on invitation

Silver Leaf ($500): 2 tickets to the Party plus recognition on invitation

Bronze Leaf ($250): 1 ticket to Party plus recognition on invitation

Thank you. Our printing deadline is March 31. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

* The Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc. is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation under the provisions of section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A portion of your donation may be deductible.