Happy Independence Day

The Garden Club of the Back Bay wishes you all a happy Fourth of July!  Photo from www.planetware.com.

Tour The Public Garden with The Friends of the Public Garden

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden. Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden by taking a guided tour through this treasured oasis. FOPG Members $5,
Non-Members $15 (Friends memberships are available for as low as $25.)

If you are unsure of your membership status, please email info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org for assistance.  Reserve your tickets online at www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm – Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, meet an amazing array of native New England caterpillars in various stages of development, and learn more about caterpillars and butterflies through live presentations and interpretations throughout the Museum of Science.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 3 there will be a Caterpillar Lab. This one-of-a-kind experience is a celebration of the impressive diversity of New England caterpillars. Each individual display includes a variety of caterpillars, in various stages of development and on their local host plants. With no glass between you and the displays, you can experience caterpillars up close — eating, pooping, camouflaging, or defending themselves with clever adaptations such as warning coloration, inflatable horns, strange smells, and squeaking mandibles.

From 1 – 3 on both days you may Create Your Own Butterfly Habitat. With your paid admission to the Butterfly Garden, learn how to create and plant your own butterfly habitat. We’ll discuss the importance of using native plantings and how to get your garden started. Get your hands dirty planting native seeds and take them home to help start attracting butterflies!

On Saturday at 11:30 hear Dr. Gerard Talavera from Harvard University describe the amazing migration of the Painted Lady butterflies, Vanessa cardui. Learn more about the challenging task of studying this beautiful insect, which is found on five continents. Also on Saturday, at 12:30, Dr. Naomi Pierce, curator of Lepidoptera at Harvard University, will introduce you to the insect-eating predators and their nourishing ant prey. Dave Champlin from the University of Maine unravels the amazing transformation of how the butterfly gets its wings on Sunday at 11:30, and finally, on Sunday at 12:30, Norah Warchola from Tufts University discusses the fascinating relationship between an endangered species of caterpillar and the ants that protect it from predators in exchange for a sugary bribe.

Also on Saturday and Sunday there will be presentations on Gardening for Butterflies at 1:30 in the Shapiro Family Science Live! Stage, Green Wing, Lower Level. As a bonus, The Secret Lives of Fireflies will be featured both days at 3:30 pm. Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch and we enjoy, but do we really know what they are saying? This program sheds a little light on the secret lives of fireflies. You’ll also learn how you can participate in a scientific research effort to find out if these magical insects are disappearing from our landscape, and if so, why and what can be done about it. Solitary Bees: The Other Bees will be discussed at 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Honey bees are in decline. Since they are responsible for pollinating one third of our food crops, their disappearance threatens our food supply. While scientists try to find out why and how to reverse this trend, our crops still need to be pollinated. Find out how you can help by becoming a “solitary beekeeper.”

While you are at the Museum, don’t miss Flight of the Butterflies at the Mugar Omni Theater each day at 1 pm. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow this perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award-winning team. Be captivated by the true, compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Purchase of separate timed ticket required for Omni film. You may buy these tickets on line at www.mos.org.

Wednesdays, July 22 – August 5, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees – Oh My!

Insects play an integral part in the life cycle of plants and can enhance a botanical painting with a dynamic element of scientific accuracy and pure whimsy.  Through sketches and more complete full-color works, join Kelly Radding at Wellesley College Botanic Garden on three Wednesdays, July 22, 29 and August 5, from 9:30 – 3:30, to study the form and details that will make the insect come alive in your artwork.  Learn techniques to capture the myriad textures and colors and how to integrate an insect into a botanical composition.  Advanced skill level.  Friends of Wellesley Botanic Gardens $275, non-members $325.  Call 781-283-3094 to register. Image copyright Kelly Leahy Radding.

Thursday, July 9, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm – Hosta, Japanese Maples, and Dwarf Conifers: Collectors’ Plants for the Garden Obsessed

Join plantsman extraordinaire John O’Brien on Thursday, July 9 from 10 – 1:30 for a walking tour of his fabulous specialty nursery, O’Brien Nurserymen, located in Granby, Connecticut. View this exceptional collection of rare and beautifully grown specimens with a focus on dwarf conifers, Japanese maples and hundreds of hostas and other rare woodland perennials. There will be plenty to see in this meticulously maintained small-batch nursery, and John will devote the tour to teaching us the virtues of the many fabulous selections cultivated on his property. Following the tour there will be time to purchase plants. Then the group will head over to nearby Lost Acres Orchard. Lunch is available for purchase and includes a nice selection of homemade sandwiches and salads. Relax on the porch of the wonderful barn or wander through the orchard, sit in the shade and enjoy a wonderfully prepared lunch.

John O’Brien is owner of O’Brien Nurserymen, LLC, which has grown into New England’s premier hosta nursery. The extensive display gardens feature over 1,600 hosta varieties, as well as other shady characters, including asarums, pulmonarias, epimediums and arisaemas. The gardens also include a wide variety of unusual dwarf conifers and over 100 varieties of Japanese maples. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately.Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8:30 am departure. BBG members $40, nonmembers $50. Register online at www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Thursday, July 16, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – A Path to Beauty and Bounty: Building a Sustainable Eco-System

For landscape designer Sanne Kure-Jensen, this path began with a historic farm dating to 1670. After years of ecologically-guided design, planting and maintenance, this Portsmouth, Rhode Island destination is a thriving landscape ecosystem and bountiful garden.

The professionally designed, organically managed property includes a wildflower meadow, liberty lawn and honeybee apiary. Perennial and woodland gardens offer food and shelter for pollinators, birds and wildlife as well as compost inputs and firewood. Leaves, twigs, finished compost and wood ash feed soil life, continuing the cycle.

Vegetable and herb gardens feed the homeowners with a comfortable balance between pests and beneficial insects. Fruit trees and shrubs benefit honeybees; homeowners share berries, fruit and honey. This organically managed property has received a Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation. As you stroll through this idyllic property, you will learn how the garden welcomes diversity in plant, animal, insect and microbial life. Throughout the tour, Sanne will share tips for how you can create client enthusiasm for sustainable landscapes. Register for this Ecological Landscape Alliance tour, to be held on Thursday, July 16 from 4 – 6. $20 for ELA members, $30 for nonmembers. See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/a-path-to-beauty-and-bounty-building-a-sustainable-eco-system/#sthash.iQK6Ohuk.dpuf

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – A Summer Party

The Friends of the Public Garden cordially invites you to attend A Summer Party to benefit the organization’s work in the Common, the Garden, and the Mall.  The event takes place on Wednesday, July 22 from 6 – 8 at the Taj Boston Rooftop.  Come celebrate summer with festive hors d’oeuvre, drinks, and friends.  Last year’s party sold out one week prior, so buy your tickets today.  Tickets are $75 per person and are available at www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org or call 617-723-8144.

Through July 31 – Trees and Reflections: Paintings by Erica S. Nazarro

Erica S. Nazzaro has been expressing herself creatively through the arts all her life. She expresses the feeling a place conveys rather than the realistic image of what she sees. Erica is spontaneous and curious, using accidents as opportunities. Her painting is a meditative exercise where she becomes the vessel of connection between the environment, her feelings, and the materials she uses. Erica’s paintings are moments in nature captured and provides a serene and calming effect. She graduated from The School of the Museum Of Fine Arts in 1984 and went on to get her Masters in Social Work in 2003. She now combines her art and therapeutic work in a healing process with transitional age youth, families, and children. She is a member of Uforge Member Collective, Newton Watercolor Society, Jamaica Plain Artists Association and Hyde Park Artists Association. The July exhibit will take place at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

Thursday, July 16, 7:30 pm – Hydrangeas Demystified

On Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 pm join Tim Wood, the Proven Winners Plant Hunter from Spring Meadows Nursery, as he takes you around the world to look at eight beautiful and diverse species of hydrangea. Find out which are best for your garden, how to grow them and meet the breeders that developed the best new selections. Tim will take the mystery out of growing hydrangeas; you’ll learn how to get the best blooms, how to prune and how to change the flower color. The program will be held at the Polly Hill Arboretum, 809 State Road in West Tisbury. $10/$5 for PHA members. For more information visit www.pollyhillarboretum.org or call 508-693-9426.

Tuesdays, July 14 – August 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Landscape for Life

This intensive four session (July 14, 21, 28, and August 4) introductory course co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance and the New England Wild Flower Society will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you, your family, and the environment. This class, taking place at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes.

Instructor Mark Richardson oversees the New England Wildflower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts. He studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island and helped run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. In 2013, Mr. Richardson assisted with the development of the first comprehensive master plan for Garden in the Woods. He holds a MS from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Bring a bag lunch each day. $185 for members of the sponsoring organizations, $218 for nonmembers. See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/landscape-for-life/2015-07-14/#sthash.D6dVSvgx.dpuf

Thursday, July 9, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch

The Preservation Society of Newport County and nationally known designer Angela Moore host a fashion show and brunch at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport. This year marks Angela’s 16th show and the second year of the special collaboration with the Preservation Society. All proceeds from this debut event will benefit the Preservation Society’s mission to protect, preserve and present its exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes.

The theme of the show will be Fashion Through the Decades, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Preservation Society.  The show will include an exclusive exhibit of iconic fashions from the Preservation Society’s collection, dating from 1945 to the present, plus the latest in resort fashions modeled by Newport style stars and VIP guests.. In addition to showing her own new collection and debuting limited edition Newport Forever jewelry, the show will also feature other well-known designers including Manuel Canovas, Just Madras, and Jack Rogers.

The doors of Rosecliff will open at 9 a.m. Guests are invited to have their picture taken on the “Red Carpet” staircase of Rosecliff prior to enjoying cocktails on the terrace before proceeding to the ballroom for the fashion show and brunch.

Seating is limited. Admission is $90 for Preservation Society members and $95 for non-members, and includes the Fashion Show, Champagne Brunch, a $25 Angela Moore Gift Certificate and an exclusive package ticket to tour another Preservation Society property, The Elms (1901), and take the behind the scenes Servant Life Tour.

Purchase tickets at http://tix.newportmansions.org/ecommerce/default.aspx.

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Plan to Harvest: Vegetable Gardening

Massachusetts Horticultural Society Garden Keeper Susan Hammond will show you how your plan from seed catalogs grows into a producing vegetable garden. She will discuss the unique varieties growing in our educational garden, the techniques used to increase yields, and give you firsthand experience troubleshooting common garden problems. We’ll discuss late season planting, maintenance and harvest. And assess how all that snow affected our gardens. Come with questions!

The first part of this Saturday, July 11 program (10 – noon) will be held in the Elm Bank Education Building, and the program will end in the Garden to Table Vegetable Garden.

Susan Hammond is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. She’s been gardening since childhood, with a special focus on edible plants. She is responsible for the Mass Hort’s 6,000 square foot Garden to Table Vegetable Garden, where she enjoys teaching visitors and volunteers about vegetable gardening. Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $10, Non-Members $15. Register online at www.masshort.org. Photo from www.sharpercut.com.

Thursday, September 17 – Monday, September 21 – American Dahlia Society Centennial Show

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1915, the American Dahlia Society will hold a special Centennial Show September 17 – 21 in Hempstead, New York.  Hosted by the Mid Island Dahlia Society, this event includes tours of the dahlia garden at Planting Fields Arboretum as well as tours of private gardens, dahlia competitions, and educational symposium.  Three speakers sponsored by the American Horticultural Society will present: Hanu Pappu, head of the Dahlia Research Project at Washington State University, Allan M. Armitage, and Keith Hammett, ornamental plant breeder from New Zealand.  Register at www.dahlia.org by August 1.

Thursday, July 9, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Insects in the Garden: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

This Massachusetts Horticultural Society class on Thursday, July 9, from 7 – 8:30 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley will review the more common garden and lawn insect pests plaguing homeowners and insect pest life cycles. Bio-control and low toxicity control options will be presented. Examples of plant damage will be presented from various garden plants. Colorado potato beetle eggs are pictured below.

Not all garden and lawn insects are pests. References will be given to each student about proper insect ID, control and corresponding bio-controls in class and via e-mail. Bruce Wenning has university degrees in plant pathology and entomology. He is the horticulturist at The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.  Weather permitting, this class will involve an outdoor exploration for garden insects, please dress accordingly.

Lecture Fee: Mass Hort Members $10, Non-Members $15. Register online at www.masshort.org.

Saturday, July 11, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Lush, Lovely, and Lawn-Free Gardens

The Ecological Landscape Alliance is sponsoring a Brookline Village Walking Garden Tour with Landscape Designer Carol Spitzer on Saturday, July 11, from 5 – 7. There is an exciting new trend in ecological landscape design that goes by many names: lawn-free, no-mow, or lawn-alternative gardens. The incentives are many: lower maintenance, water conservation, reduced fertilizer/chemical use, increased biodiversity/habitat, and the greatest incentive – the stunning diversity of gardens! Landscape designer Carol Spitzer has been designing lawn-free gardens for many years and invites you to join her on a unique walking tour in Brookline Village. On this tour, we will walk through three different front yards where the existing lawns were removed and replaced with shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, and walkways. In all three projects, there were existing trees and plants that were incorporated into the new landscape.

Each lawn-free project is different and comes with its own unique set of challenges. One of Carol’s projects included side-by-side condos whose owners had differing opinions about plant materials. A second project required a more welcoming landing and front steps, as well as a new walking path to the driveway. In addition to these three gardens designed by Carol, we will walk down an adjacent street, to view several other examples of lawn-free front yards.

Lawn-free gardens require a fraction of the maintenance time of traditional lawns; provide a rich palette of color; introduce contrasting textures and fragrance; and increase curb appeal. Join us to explore lawn-alternative gardens and consider the rich tapestry that awaits in your own yard makeover. $30 fee. Register at http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/lush-lovely-and-lawn-less-gardens/#sthash.J1eAw7ox.dpuf.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive an ELA member discount by using code garden-club at checkout.

Monday, July 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Three Sites, One Mission: North End Design Crawl

Preservation, architecture and design – each of these disciplines play a crucial role in the development and maintenance of Boston’s historic fabric. Join The Boston Preservation Alliance on Monday, July 13 at 6 pm for its first-ever young professionals Design Crawl, during which you’ll go behind the scenes at Walsh Brothers Construction, the Paul Revere House and North Bennet Street School – three venues that engage in historic preservation daily, yet in radically different ways. You’ll also stop by the proposed historic Haymarket Hotel site to explore a real-world example of design challenges, followed by drinks at Ward 8. We can’t wait to see you there!

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration, full tour schedule, meeting address and additional information may be found by clicking HERE.

Thursday, July 16, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Esplanade Summer Dock Party

On Thursday, July 16th, the Esplanade Friends Council will host the 5th annual Esplanade Summer Dock Party from 7:00—10:00pm on the Docks at Community Boating Inc. Over the past four years the Dock Party has become a Boston social calendar staple and has sold out weeks in advance.

This year’s event will include dinner, dessert, beer from Sam Adams, and a special summer wine selection. Don’t miss your chance to join us this year for a fantastic night of dinner, drinks and dancing on the docks. The funds raised at this event are critical to our organization’s ability to fund important park improvements and community enriching programs for the enjoyment of the park’s millions of visitors.

Chance to Win – For only $20 a ticket you will have the chance to win one or more of our amazing prize packages including 2 round trip tickets from JetBlue. Attire is casual. Casual summer/boating attire is welcome. Ladies, please refrain from wearing thin heels that can get stuck between the dock platforms. Sandals, wedges, and thick heels are recommended.

$80 Ticket (if purchased by June 30th) Ticket price will increase to $100 beginning July 1st. Ticket includes admission, wine, beer, dinner and dessert. Must be 21 or older to attend. This year’s event is co-chaired by Kimberly Buder and Stephen Pleines. To buy tickets on line, visit http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/events-2/upcoming-events/annual-dock-party/


Wednesday, July 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Mount Auburn’s Beautiful Public Lots

Mount Auburn, since its beginnings in 1831, has set aside modest burial spaces suitable for single grave interments. The first such space was called St. James’ Lot and it is on Cypress Avenue (1831). This Wednesday, July 8 walking tour led by Volunteer Docents Rosemarie Smurzynski and Bill McEvoy will begin at 5:30 in Story Chapel and then continue with a walk on the grounds to St James’ and St. John’s public lots preserved as a country cemetery. Note: this program is two hours. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. $7 for Friends of Mount Auburn, $12 for nonmembers. Register online at http://mountauburn.org/2015/mount-auburns-beautiful-public-lots/  Image from www.promptguides.com.

Saturday, July 11, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, July 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – 56th Annual Lily Show

On July 11 and 12, the Lily Show, presented by the New England Lily Society, returns to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, for its 56th annual exhibit. The show – which will include hundreds of flowers and varieties such as Asiatic, Canadense, Longiflorum, Trumpet Lily, hybrid American species, and the giant Orientpets – will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees can stop by several educational workshops, including Growing Lilies, Pests and Progress on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Growing Lilies Without Chemicals on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  Free with admission to Tower Hill.  For more information visit www.towerhillbg.org.

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Mount Kearsarge Plant Hike

Mount Kearsarge, a monadnock in central west New Hampshire, is approximately 890 meters tall and offers impressive views due to its isolation from other peaks. This day in the field, Saturday, July 11 from 10 – 3, examines the mountain’s natural history with a focus on plant life. Arthur Haines, research botanist, New England Wild Flower Society and author of Flora Novae Angliae, leads this excursion and discusses topics including ecology, edible plants, birding, and geology. Bring a bag lunch, water, a hand lens, and binoculars. Wear proper footwear and clothing. Meet at site to be announced in Warner, New Hampshire. The Fells and NEWFS Members $47, nonmembers $58. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Co-sponsored by the New England Wild Flower Society and The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens.  Photo of bog laurel from 10000birds.com.


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