Friday, June 17, 7:00 pm – Glow in the Park

Quickly becoming a favorite annual event in Boston, Glow in the Park is back. Hosted by the Greenway Young Leaders program, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Greenway Conservancy, this is one event unlike any other in Boston! Spend a summer Friday night (June 17, beginning at 7) in one of Boston’s most beautiful and contemporary green spaces while enjoying live music, your Greenway food truck favorites, beer, wine, and more! This year’s event will be held on The Greenway at High Street.

Tickets include: Live Band – Greenway Food Trucks – Beer & Wine – One Year Membership in Greenway Young Leaders Program – Afterparty at Trade Restaurant – Other Entertainment ‘To Be Announced’ – Tax-Deductible Donation to the Greenway Conservancy. Tickets are LIMITED and sold out last year – go to https://tickets.ruggedraces.com/event/GreenwayGlow to register ($95 per person.)

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Saturday, June 4, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Wildflower Walk

Whether you are new to native wildflowers or a long-time enthusiast, there is no better way to learn about regional flora than in the field. In this New England Wild Flower Society program, co-sponsored by Mass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries, participants will learn to identify native flora in a variety of habitats. The walk will take place Saturday, June 4 beginning at 10 am in Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, and will be led by Ted Elliman. Members of sponsor organizations $15, nonmembers $20. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/wildflower-walk


Tuesdays, May 31 and June 14, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, and Sunday, June 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Designing Gardens for Small Spaces

Small garden spaces often present the designer with the challenge of how to realize big ideas in tight quarters. Yet small sites don’t mean the garden must lack interest. This hands-on New England Wild Flower Society design workshop with Cheryl Salatino will tackle the garden as a composition by exploring enclosed space, lighting, plant characteristics, and personal expression. We will visit Cambridge gardens on June 5 to inspire your designs. The other classes will be held at Garden in the Woods in Framingham. $120 for NEWFS members, $144 for nonmembers. Register on line at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/designing-gardens-for-small-spaces.


Wednesday, June 1, 1:30 pm – Ginkgo Tree Celebration at Clarendon Street Playground

The planting of sixteen new ginkgo trees along Clarendon Street by the Garden Club of the Back Bay is certainly cause for celebration.  On Wednesday, June 1 (rain date Thursday, June 2) our generous tree sponsors, Club members, and volunteers will join with the neighborhood in the Clarendon Street Playground on the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue to enjoy cookies and lemonade while admiring the newly fenced trees.  Earlier in the morning, with the assistance of students from The Learning Project Elementary School, the tree pits will be planted with hundreds of vinca plants.  All are invited to share our excitement – no rsvp necessary.

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Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – The 23rd Annual Northampton Garden Tour

Come visit eight delightful gardens on display Saturday, June 11 from 10 – 3, rain or shine, for the 2016 Northampton Garden Tour, a fundraiser for the Friends of Forbes Library, Inc. The Garden Tour is intended to inspire and educate everyday gardeners with plantings in a variety of appealing and unique landscaping styles and creative use of hardscape. At each garden, there are descriptions of the plantings and garden guides are on hand to answer questions. Tickets come with directions to this self-guided tour of gardens within easy driving distance of the library. The terrain of this year’s tour broadly circles Northampton, making gardens accessible by car and a pleasant bicycle ride for the recreational peddler comfortable with 20+ miles.

Tickets for the Tour are $15 in advance at Forbes Library, Bay State Perennial Farm, Cooper’s Corner, Hadley Garden Center, North Country Landscapes and State Street Fruit Store. And $20 on the day of the tour at the library only.

The Friends of Forbes Library, Inc. Northampton Garden Tour also includes a raffle – Win organic compost, gift certificates, garden supplies, a landscape consultation and more. Raffle tickets are 2/$5 or 5/$10 and are available at Forbes Library through the day before the tour as well as at one of the gardens on the day of the tour.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Forbes Library, Inc. to support programs, events, and projects for the library that could not otherwise be funded. For details: www.forbeslibrary.org. For more information, contact: Lyn Heady 413-584-7041.


Thursday, June 2, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Grow Your Own Meadow

Interested in establishing a meadow or caring for an existing one? On Thursday, June 2 from 5 – 8:30 Kathy Connolly will explain what a meadow is and teach you about the role of native species in a meadow, the basics of meadow ecology, site selection, low-impact site preparation techniques, and steps you can take right now to get started. After the New England Wild Flower Society lecture, you can purchase books and native plants grown by the Society’s Nasami Farm Nursery. The program will take place at Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts, and the fee is $40 for NEWFS members, $48 for nonmembers. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/grow-your-own-meadow


Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – New England Plant Swap

Bring a Plant, Take a Plant – Bring Many, Take Many!  Sharing is one of the best parts of gardening, and if you haven’t beeen to a good, old-fashioned plant swap you’re in for a treat.  The New England Plant Swap will take place Saturday, June 4, from 9 – noon at Adams Farm, 999 North Street in Walpole.  Pot up your excess prized plants to share.  Load up your bounty and plan to arrive before 9 am.  There, you will meet other local gardeners with their booty to share.  For more information call 508-507-9629, email info@newenglandplantswap.org, or visit the website www.newenglandplantswap.org.

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Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bristol County Open Day

The Garden Conservancy will sponsor a Bristol County Open Day on Saturday, June 11, from 10 – 4.

Landscape Designer Andrew Grossman’s Display Gardens are at 393 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk. Andrew says: “My gardens, which border the Martin Wildlife Refuge and the Runnins River, showcase a wide variety of perennials, shrubs, and grasses. The property includes a blue-and-white garden, a hot colored garden with a checkerboard thyme patio, a cottage garden planted with roses and other old-fashioned favorites, and a rustic pond surrounded by bog plantings. There is also a cutting garden currently planted with tea roses and dinner plate dahlias. The property is featured in Design New England’s 2016 March/April issue and is currently a finalist in HGTV’s Gorgeous Gardens competition.”

Directions: From Providence, take I-95 east to Exit 1/Seekonk/Barrington/Route 114A. You are now about five minutes from the house. At exit traffic light, bear left for Seekonk. Go through two more lights. At flashing light, bear left and stay on Route 114A/Fall River Avenue (do not go straight). Gristmill Restaurant and parking lot are on right, then a large yellow house on left. Take gravel driveway, marked by two white wooden columns, immediately past the yellow house on left, opposite parking lot for Vinny’s Antiques. The gardens are at end of driveway. Please park in driveway or in lot across street.
From I-95 West, proceed as directed above, but turn right off the exit and only go through one light before flashing light.

The McIlwain Garden’s address is 37 Medalist Drive in Rehoboth. This young garden abuts a golf course, providing expansive views in the English landscape tradition. Optimal plantings have been chosen for the range of challenging ecosystems from rocky/dry soil to windy sites with wet soil. A cluster of trees with filtered sunlight hosts rhododendrons, azalea, pieris, enkiantus, hellebores, and more. Most of the garden enjoys full sun. This is a garden for all seasons with the blossoms of the Okame cherries, saucer and star magnolias ushering in early spring followed soon thereafter by daffodils, grape hyacinth, Spanish bluebells, ground phlox, and PJM azalea. Early May sees the arrival of tulips, azaleas, the sweetly fragrant Viburnum carlessi, and lilies of the valley. By mid-May, the bearded iris have opened, along with the chives, allium, bleeding heart, and rhododendrons. By June, this is followed in swift succession by dogwoods, Virginia magnolia with lemon-scented blossoms, peonies, Dutch iris and gumpo azalea, coral bells, catmint, campanula, clematis and Geranium bikova. By late June, summer has arrived with hydrangea, roses, foxgloves, garden phlox, daisies, veronica, lavender, astilbe, blue salvia, anise hyssop, and Russian sage. Fall comes with assorted mums and asters and flaming fall foliage of a variety of Japanese maples along with red berries on the viburnum, holly trees, and winterberry. The red-twig dogwood shrubs maintain winter interest along with the topiary boxwood and mottled bark of the Stewartii tree. An herb garden with armillary sphere under planted with alpine strawberries is flanked by a blueberry/raspberry patch, pergola, and roses with lavender.

Directions: From I-195 take Exit 1 in Massachusetts for Route 114A. (Do NOT take Exit 7 in Rhode Island to Barrington via Route 114.). Proceed north on Route 114A through several lights to Route 44/Taunton Avenue. Turn right and go east through Seekonk and into Rehoboth where you will see a flashing yellow light. Proceed east about 0.9 mile to Mills Plaza on left. Drive another 0.3 mile to Bairos Construction followed by the cluster of stores of Winthrop Commons on left. Immediately after Winthrop Commons, turn left onto River Street (it is hard to see). On River Street, cross the 4-way stop, continue about 0.4 mile (passing Tranquil Lake Nursery on right) and turn left onto Hillside Avenue. Drive 0.8 mile, passing the Hillside Country Club on right, and turn right at the next road marked by a sign for Hillside Estates. This is Medalist Drive; proceed to the first house on the right which is #37 (red brick with white columns).

Also in Rehoboth is the Garden of Marjorie & Don DeAngelis, at 134 Hillside Avenue. The garden is a fenced in garden surrounding a pool and patio with broad views of nearby fields. The garden and plantings in the front of the house were recently redesigned and replanted. A new fence and stone wall were installed as main features of the garden. Consequently, it is a young garden that features annuals and grasses for color and textures.

Directions: Take I-95 to 195 East and cross the George Washington Bridge. Keep right to exit onto Route 44. Bear right at the fork in exit ramp onto Taunton Avenue. Follow Route 44 through East Providence, and Seekonk, to Rehoboth. Taunton Avenue turns slightly right and becomes Waterman Avenue in 0.2 mile. Turn left onto Hall Street and go 0.1 mile. Turn right onto Route 44/Taunton Avenue and go 4.8 miles. Turn left onto River Street and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Hillside Avenue.

Admission to this garden is $7. Don’t forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.


Sunday, June 26, 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 26 from 10 – 4. This year’s tour explores gardens in Southborough and Northborough and nearby towns. Advanced sales:  Advance Purchase Price: Tower Hill Member $20, Non-member $25. Day of tour: Member $25, Non-member $30. Patron $75. Sponsor: $125. Purchase tickets online at www.towerhillbg.org, or call 508-869-6111.  Image from www.houzz.com.


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10 am and 4 pm – Guided Walking Tours of the Boston Public Garden

This summer, the Friends of the Public Garden invite you to learn about the Untold Stories of the Public Garden focusing on the history, sculpture and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden.

Tours will be offered:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Duckling statues to join the tour.

Private tours can be arranged at any time. Please email info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.