Saturday, July 2 – Friday, July 29 – Coastal Haven Designer Show House

Originally a working farm, 284 Water Street is located in the heart of Newburyport’s riverside Joppa neighborhood. The home’s historic charm and stunning location on the Merrimack River make it a quintessential New England property, while its sensitive renovation and expansion lend modern luxury.

Coastal Haven boasts both original features like wide pine floors, and modern updates like an open kitchen with a large island. These elements blend seamlessly, making the home comfortable, functional, and stylish. The home’s impressive renovation was conceived by renowned Newburyport architect Andrew Sidford.

With renovations complete, interior designers participated in a juried selection process for the chance to design, furnish, and decorate a room. The designers selected are among the finest on the North Shore, and their work celebrates the home’s rich history, serene coastal setting, and its modern transformation. Each room showcases the designer’s unique style and skill and works in harmony with the rest of the house, breathing new life into this historic property.

Tour the home to see the latest trends in interior design, gather ideas for your own home makeover, see the expertise of over a dozen different designers, and experience the transformation of a historic working farm to a contemporary Coastal Haven. The house will be open July 2-29, 2016, Tuesdays-Sundays 10am-4pm, Mondays 1pm-4pm, but closed July 4. For more information visit www.nbptshowhouse.com. Tickets may be purchased on line.


Friday, July 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, and Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Survey of Grasses of the Northeast

Join Dennis Magee, the author of Grasses of the Northeast to explore grasses. Using dried specimens and microscope displays, we will study the characteristics of 10 tribes and over 40 genera of common grasses. The first day, Friday July 8 from 9 – 3, will be devoted to lecture and specimen examination. On the second day, Saturday, July 9 from 10 – 2, we’ll venture into the field, where you will have the opportunity to apply your new skills. Bring a hand lens and Grasses of the Northeast. The two day session will be held at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, and costs $88 for members of NEWFS, $110 for nonmembers. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/survey-of-grasses-of-the-northeast.


Saturday, July 2, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Summer Butterfly Count

On Saturday, July 2 from 9 – noon, join The Trustees and the North American Butterfly Association for an annual summer butterfly count at Appleton Farms, in Hamilton and Ipswich, Massachusetts. Appleton’s wet meadows and farm fields provide important habitat for many common and uncommon butterfly species. Trustees Ecology Program Director Russ Hopping and Massachusetts Butterfly Club President Howard Hoople will orient the group with an Introduction to butterflies before setting out for the count. Participants should wear long pants, sunscreen and proper clothing to be walking through fields of tall grass. Bring a lunch. Free for Trustees members, $3 for nonmembers.  Pre-registration is required by emailing bzschau@thetrustees.org


Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Villages in Bloom

The Falmouth Garden Club presents Villages in Bloom, a Falmouth garden tour, on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13, from 10 – 4 as part of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.  Four private gardens will be shown each day.  $5 ticket per garden, available at the Falmouth Museums on the Green Cultural Center.  There will also be a plant sale, cookies and refreshments, boutique with hand made creations, raffle items on view, three additional public gardens maintained by the Falmouth Garden Club at the Museum (pictured).  Park by accessing the lot on Katherine Lee Bates Road.  You may also call 508-333-4016 for more information.


Thursday, July 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Wetland Shrubs

With its varied wetland habitats, including a pond, a stream, and a bog, Garden in the Woods is an excellent field site for examining shrubs that grow in and around wetlands. On Thursday, July 7 from 10 – 2, you will be introduced to 15-20 New England shrubs as well as to a handful of shrubs that grow in higher and drier habitats. Please bring lunch, a hand lens, and a field guide to shrubs, if you have them. The New England Wild Flower Society session, led by Roland “Boot” Boutwell, is $53 for NEWFS members, $64 for nonmembers. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/wetland-shrubs.


Thursday, July 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Osterville Garden Club Garden Tour

Three Osterville and Centerville gardens will be open for viewing from 10 – 4 on Thursday, July 14. The proceeds from the garden tours will benefit Osterville Garden Club. $5 per garden tour. RAIN or SHINE. Photo (Osterville, but not a garden on the tour)  from www.deweygardens.com. For complete information visit http://maclubs.esiteasp.com/osterville_garden_club/home.nxg. 

Garden#1  Cape Cod’s Bountiful Landscape, Centerville, MA
In Centerville’s historic village, this property surrounds a sea captain’s house built in 1730. In every corner of the landscape—which has been lovingly cared for by four generations of the same family—are horticultural delights. There are three perennial plantings, including a sun garden, a shade border, and perennial and conifer plantings surrounding a charming fish pond nestled under a gorgeous Japanese maple. Mature plantings include massed Juniper beds, stately Hinoki cypress, ancient apple trees, large Rhododendron, several varieties of Hydrangea, native and exotic hollies, and a rose garden. As an added treat, savor the sight of completely organic vegetables in a 50 ft. x 20 ft. year-round “hoop house.” The homeowner will be on hand to share the how-tos of growing your own fresh produce all year-round in an easily constructed hoop house heated by solar power only!

Garden#2  A Secret Garden Plus One, Canterville, MA
This lovely garden can’t be seen from the street—only when you come through the garden gate do you see the beauty that lies beyond, including a tranquil pool surrounded by a three-tier, stone wall planting of massed day lilies. A wide variety of perennials are vibrant under a beautiful red maple tree, drawing your eye towards Mill Pond, which is alive with Cape Cod’s abundant wildlife. As you walk towards the pond, there is a bountiful panorama of Hosta and stunning Hydrangea. If you listen quietly you will hear the call of the beautiful Baltimore Oriole.

Garden#3  Seaside Gardening, A to Z!, Osterville, MA
Words cannot capture this Cape Cod alphabet of horticultural wonders found on a stunning seaside property. An elegantly designed vegetable garden steps down one side of the property filled with everything edible from A (Artichokes) to Z (Zucchini). Besides the “usual” vegetables such as beans, squash, and tomatoes, the homeowner also grows sweet potatoes, corn, and raspberries, interplanted with fun rows of “trial and error” varieties brightened through-out with gorgeous, cutting-garden flowers. All around this lovely property are flower beds bursting with blooms from A to Z—from A (Amaranthus) to Z (Zinnias)—as well as swaths of Dahlias, Coleus, Petunias, and Salvia. This is a gardener’s paradise, lovingly maintained by a horticultural expert, who starts between 1500-2000 annuals and vegetable seedlings in her own in-house greenhouse every year.


Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Gloucester Garden Tour

Gloucester’s Eastern Point is a community of historic homes and estates along the eastern shore of Gloucester Harbor. Join the Generous Gardeners for a self-guided tour of uniquely landscaped properties and see the beauty hidden behind the walls and gates surrounding them. Gardens of varying sizes and styles will have volunteers from all of the Cape Ann garden clubs as “garden sitters.” This tour is sure to delight even the most experienced of garden tour goers.

Tickets are $30 per person. Buy online in advance at www.GloucesterGardenTour.org or send checks to Generous Gardeners, PO Box 1532, Gloucester, MA 01930.

On the day of the tour, pick up your ticket/booklet with maps and descriptions at St. Anthony’s-by-the Sea, 2 St. Louis Avenue. Gloucester, MA 01930

Please no pets.

For more information contact Susan Kelly susan@generousgardeners.org or 978-282-3306.

Sponsorships start at $50 and include a free ticket to the tour. Please contact Susan for more information.

Proceeds will be donated to the new Stacy Boulevard Gardens. If you would like to learn more about the new gardens go to www.GenerousGardeners.org.


Friday, July 8, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Growing Fresh Herbs

Come get your hands dirty at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education on Brattle Street in Cambridge on Friday, July 8 from 7 – 9 and help us plant the new herb garden at CCAE! Fresh and nutritious herbs are a great way to liven up any meal. This class will focus on the 10 most common kitchen herbs. Whether in your own garden or in indoor containers you’ll be able to plant, grow, and harvest your very own herbs. Clara Gagnon will be the instructor, and the cost is $52. Register online at http://learn.ccae.org/modules/shop/index.html?action=section&OfferingID=1807&SectionID=6638.


Thursday, July 7, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm, & 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – Fresh, Fast and Delicious for Less

Project Bread Chef Vanessa LaBranche leads this free cooking demonstration at The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market to teach market patrons how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. Enjoy simple, tasty recipes that do not require a lot of time, skill, or money to prepare. Classes (Thursday, July 7, two sessions starting at 11:45 and 1:00 pm) are open to all. Project Bread takes a fresh approach to ending hunger. They believe that the opposite of hungry isn’t simply full – it’s healthy. And because there’s no single face of hunger, we develop multiple solutions that meet people where they are – solutions that provide people of all ages and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. For more information, and directions, visit www.thetrustees.org.


Thursday, July 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – The Evolution of a Landscape: The Garden of Lee Link

Join Berkshire Botanical Garden on Thursday, July 14 from 10 – 12 and tour the fabulous Sharon, Connecticut, garden of Lee Link. Learn how this creative hillside garden has changed over the years to meet the needs and interest of this talented plantswoman. From its cedar greenhouse to the terraced gardens replete with rills and borders that playfully combine edible and ornamentals plants, this living landscape is filled with ideas that are sure to inspire us to move our own gardens forward. Horticulturist Bridget Lynch, who also works with Bunny Williams at her garden in nearby Falls Village, will lead this insider’s tour of one the Northwest corners’ most beloved gardens. BBG members $40, nonmembers $45. Register online at https://berkshirebotanical.org/education/field-trips/