Monthly Archives: May 2010

Saturday, June 12, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – See How Our Gardens Grow: Roslindale Garden Tour

Roslindale Green & Clean sponsors See How Our Gardens Grow on Saturday, June 12, from 11 am – 4 pm. This self guided tour of eight Roslindale gardens begins at Adams Park in Roslindale Village, and proceeds from the tour will improve Roslindale’s public green spaces. Roslindale Green & Clean is a non-profit, all volunteer organization ( Tickets are $15 before June 6, and $20 thereafter. Email for information on ticket sale locations.

Saturday, June 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – The World of Peonies

There has been tremendous development in the genus Paeonia in the last decade that has caused a resurgent interest in this wonderful garden plant. Along with an in-depth look at tree and herbaceous peonies,  learn about the new intersectional group which crosses tree and herbaceous peonies. Consider some of the more delicate woodland peonies that serve as parent plants to many common garden peony varieties. This talk on Saturday, June 12, from 10 – noon at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, West Stockbridge, will focus on siting, planting, and successfully cultivating these lovely and historical garden plants. Plant sale will follow the talk.  You may register on line ($18 BBG members, $24 non members) at, or by calling 413-298-3926.

Kasha Furman is owner of Cricket Hill Garden, a specialty grower of peonies, located in Thomaston, Connecticut. They specialize in tree and herbaceous peonies. Their plants are healthy, well grown, 4 year specimens and they offer over 75 varieties. Their display gardens are open on weekends in May and June.  The photo below was taken at Cricket Hill by Christine Boyka Kluge.

Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Annual Rose Garden Picnic

The Fenway Civic Association hosts a picnic at the Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens, from 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday, June 8.  There will be entertainment, with live music from The Whiskey Boys, a folk and bluegrass duo, plus dessert and beverages.  You bring your own picnic, naturally.  The event is free.  For more information, log on to

Monday, June 7, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Novella Carpenter

Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, will host author Novella Carpenter on Monday, June 7, from 7 – 9. Carpenter, who grows greens and raises livestock on a dead-end street in the ghetto, is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. For the past decade, the 38-year-old has cultivated land in the city, the last six years on GhostTown Farm, the sunny, squat lot in Oakland, California next to her rundown, coral-colored flat — complete with a back porch covered in goat poop — where she lives with mechanic boyfriend Bill and a menagerie of her so-called edible pets, including rabbits, chickens, and, on occasion, a turkey or two.

The ‘hood is also dotted with long-shuttered businesses, drug dealers, prostitutes, multiethnic neighbors, and what Carpenter affectionately refers to as “fellow freaks.” She feels right at home there. “The neighborhood had a whiff of anarchy,” she notes in her memoir. “Spanish-speaking soccer players hosted ad hoc tournaments in the abandoned playfield. Teenagers sold bags of marijuana on the corners. The Buddhist monks made enormous vats of rice on the city sidewalk…And I started squat gardening on land I didn’t own.”

A child of back-to-the landers, Carpenter has received stellar reviews, most notably in the New York Times, for chronicling her exploits in the urban jungle.  She’s been featured everywhere from mainstream outlets like Time, foodie circles, like Culinate, and eco-green arenas like Grist. Log on to for more information.

Fridays, June 18, July 16, and August 20, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Cocktails in Great Gardens of the Berkshires

The Berkshire Botanical Garden has arranged for a series of Friday evening visits to spectacular private gardens featured in the Rich Pomerantz’s beautiful book, Great Gardens of The Berkshires. Enjoy this rare opportunity to roam these private spaces with the gardeners themselves while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvre in the beautiful waning light of the summer day. The book’s creators will be in attendance. For advance reservations contact call the Garden: 413-298-3926. The parties will all take place from 5 – 7 p.m.    Admission is limited. Berkshire Botanical Garden Members $20, non-members $25; all three for $50/65.

The dates and locations are: June 18, Molly’s Folly in Richmond, MA; July 16, Richard Brown Garden in Stockbridge, MA ; and August 20,  Three Hills Farm in Richmond, MA.   For additional information, log on to  Photo below by Rich Pomerantz.

Wednesday, June 16, 10:00 am – Trade Secrets of a Master Designer

The Ruth Wallack Floral Design Program will take place this year on Wednesday, June 16, and will feature Rene Van Rems, internationally renowned floral designer, educator, lecturer and author, presenting “Trade Secrets of a Master Designer.”  The presentation will begin at 10:00 am at Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street in Weston. For more information, and to register, log on to

Thursday, June 10, 6:30 pm – An Evening with National Expert Douglas Tallamy

Douglas Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, has captured the nation’s attention since it was first released two years ago. Since then, he has been in demand all over the country, speaking to more than 600 different audiences—at venues ranging from the American Society of Landscape Architects National Conference, to the Hummingbird Festival in Mississippi, to the Tyler Arboretum in Pennsylvania, and many more. He also has been featured on National Public Radio’s Science Friday and on other media programs.

As Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, he has done groundbreaking work on the role of insects as intermediaries in the food web, discovering the extent to which exotic plants, even if they are not invasive, host relatively few insects. His work reveals how important it is to restore native plant communities, if we are to reverse the declines in migrating songbirds, butterfly populations, and biodiversity as a whole. Tallamy makes an urgent plea about the importance of native plants to our landscapes, and indeed, to our survival. And he embraces the importance of land stewardship throughout urban and suburban America as critical components of this effort.

This event, taking place Thursday, June 10,  is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Plant & Garden Club, the Ecological Landscaping Association, and the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. The talk will begin at 6:30 at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway in Cambridge, and will be followed by a reception at 8 pm with book signing. The event is free and open to all. For more information, log on to

Saturday, June 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Westford Friends & Newcomers 2010 Garden Tour

Westford Friends & Newcomers is pleased to invite you to their Garden Tour 2010. This self-guided tour of private home gardens in the scenic and historic town of Westford will be Saturday, June 12 (rain or shine). The gardens will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance for $15.  The order form can be downloaded from or call 978-866-9620 for information.   Advance purchase tickets and the tour map will be available for pick-up at the Hostess Booth at St. Mark’s Church, 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford on the morning of the event. You can also purchase tickets on the day of the event for $20 at St. Mark’s Church, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are non-refundable. All garden visitors must have a ticket.

Because these are privately owned gardens, they will vary in style, size, and accessibility. Some gardens may not be handicapped accessible. Strollers are not allowed in the gardens in order to protect the gardeners’ properties.

The sponsoring organization, Westford Friends & Newcomers, is a not-for-profit, social and philanthropic organization that brings together both new and long-time residents for service activities and social events. All proceeds from Garden Tour 2010 will help support a wide variety of charitable, humanitarian and civic improvement projects.

If you have any questions please email

Sunday, June 6, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Spring Garden Party at the Harvard Art Museum

Become a member of the Harvard Art Museum and enjoy a glorious spring Garden Party at Adolphus Busch Hall, 29 Kirkland Street in Cambridge on Sunday, June 6, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.  Members may bring guests as well.  Enjoy tours of Adolphus Busch Hall, with its dramatic Romanesque architecture, as well as light refreshments, music, and drawing lessons in the garden.  Children are welcome.  Members $15, guests $20, children $5.  Space is limited, so please register by June 1 by calling 617-495-4544, or emailing  You may also log on to

Sunday, June 13, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – All About Trees

On Sunday, June 13, from 1:30 – 4 pm, explore our biggest plants, trees, their bark, twigs, leaves, and survival strategies, with Wellesley College Visiting Scholar Katie Griffith, a naturalist and environmental scientist with a strong interest in family education.  Meet at the Wellesley College Botanic Garden.  The program is free, but pre-registration is required.  Call 781-283-3094, or email  Suitable for all ages, this is an interactive, informal way to become familiar with botanical concepts through many learning pathways.