Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sunday, August 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – August Moon Festival

Celebrate the August Moon and join Chinatown Main Street and the Chinatown community for a cultural celebration on Sunday, August 14 from 10 – 5. Learn about the Chinese culture and enjoy Chinese Dough Art, Chinese Opera, Chinese folk dance, Martial Arts Performances and Lion Dances in the park and surrounding streets! The event is free. For more information, visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org.

Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 pm – Photography Workshop on Jamaica Pond

Capture Boston’s picturesque parks during the 2nd annual Boston Park Advocates Summer Amateur Photography Workshop series. Learn tricks and techniques of taking a perfect photograph. Bring your own digital or film camera to Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday, August 16, beginning at 6 pm. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information on the exact meeting spot, and to register, call (617) 961-3051. Photo below by andrewjosephkatz.

Monday, August 22, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Tomato Contest and Festival at Boston City Hall

On Monday, August 22 from 11 – 2,  a panel of judges will choose the top tomatoes from Massachusetts farmers.  Tomato samples for the public will be available.  The event is held in conjunction with the City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, and Mass Farmers Markets.  Log on to www.mass.gov/agr/markets/tomato_contest.htm for more information.  Image from www.simplemom.net.

Saturday, September 10, 8:45 am – 2:00 pm – Autumn in Ashland

The Ashland Garden Club will present Autumn in Ashland, a garden tour with demonstrations and speakers, on Saturday, September 10, from 8:45 – 2, at a cost of $20 per person, which includes lunch.  The event will be located in one of Ashland’s most spectacular private gardens.  Activities will include guided garden tours and a raffle.  Tickets will go on sale in late summer. Contact Diane at 508-881-8165, email info@ashlandgardenclub.org, or visit www.ashlandgardenclub.org for more information.

Saturday, August 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Introduction to Seed Saving

Learn the basics of harvesting, processing, cleaning, and storing a wide spectrum of native plant seeds in this hands-on workshop, to be held at Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 27, from 9 – 1, sponsored by The New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor Kate Pawling starts with a discussion about the timing of collection, plant identification, determining ripeness, harvesting methods, processing techniques, and proper storage to maintain seed viability. Then venture out into the Nasami Farm Sanctuary for some botanizing and seed collection. Return indoors where we try our hands at cleaning and processing various types of seeds. Bring home the seeds that you clean, and learn first hand the tremendous benefits that seed-saving brings to the willing gardener. Fee: $54 (Member) / $65 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.

Saturday, August 27, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – N.E. Daylily Society Public Plant Sale and Auction

New England Daylily Society is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the promotion of the daylily flower and to further the public education thereof. They will sponsor a public plant sale and auction on Saturday, August 27, from 11 – 3 at the Wakefield-Lynnfield Masonic Lodge, 372 Salem Street in Wakefield. The event is fee. Bargain tables with $5.00 daylilies will be open at 11:00 AM. Other perennial plants, including hosta and herbaceous peonies, will also be available during the sale. The live auction will commence at 12:00 P.M. (noon). There will be many hard-to-find hybrids and many helpful people to assist with information about the characteristics of particular hybrids. Many bargains to be had! For more information, call 508-291-1835, or log on to www.nedaylily.org.  Below is daylily ‘Alva Reese’ from Blue Ridge Daylilies.

Thursday, August 11, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm – Susie Middleton

Susie Middleton of Martha’s Vineyard is a food writer, magazine consultant, chef, and recipe developer with an expertise in vegetable cooking. She is the author of two cookbooks-Fast, Fresh & Green, a collection of delicious vegetable side dishes published by Chronicle Books in 2010, and Fresh & Green for Dinner, which will be published by Chronicle Books in Spring, 2012. Susie blogs regularly about vegetable cooking and growing on her website, www.sixburnersue.com, and she blogs about sustainable issues and home cooking on the Huffington Post, www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-middleton. She will appear on Thursday, August 11, from 12 – 2 at the Dewey Square Farmers Market, South Station, Boston, so plan to stop by and chat.

Wednesday, August 17, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and More

Enjoy the glories of two coastal Maine gardens – one a renowned Botanical Garden and the other a stunning private garden on the coast nearby. On Wednesday, August 17, from 9 – 3, Plant and Garden Curator Bill Cullina welcomes New England Wild Flower Society members and friends to the magnificent Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, officially opened in 2007, but already making a name for itself nationally with the newly installed two-acre Children’s Garden, the Garden of the Five Senses, multiple ornamental displays, an area of native Maine plantings, fairy villages, waterfalls — all surrounded by exceptional natural beauty and incomparable stonework and sculpture. After an orientation from Bill, you tour the Gardens with a docent and then enjoy lunch at the Kitchen Garden Café.

After lunch and time to explore on your own, you drive a short distance along the coast to Frogs Leap, where owner Ellie Freeman shares her exuberant plantings inspired by art and literature, creating a wonderful expression of horticultural form and color. The garden includes a blend of classic Maine perennials with modern varieties and native plants. A human-sized frog sculpture contemplates a water garden where real frogs bask on lily pads. We explore this rocky coastal site, now transformed with a hillside stroll garden, game lawn, vegetable and cutting garden, chess lawn, lily pond, moss walk, dry-stone Asian-style contemplative garden, and 150-foot long borders ablaze with late summer bloom.

Cost: $89 (includes cost of tour and lunch) (Member) / $104 (Non-Member. Register at www.newfs.org.

August 15 Deadline – NOFA Bulk Order Program

Don’t miss the opportunity to save money on your fall mineral amendments and fertilizers, cover crop seeds, Vermont compost and potting soils, Nutrient Density Supply drenches and foliar sprays, seed starting supplies, pest controls and BPA-free small and wide mouth canning lids. Just one week left to participate in the biannual NOFA/Mass bulk order.

Here’s how it works:

You need stuff for your farm or garden or backyard.  You take a look at the Northeast Organic Farming Association online Bulk Order form and find what you need from all the brand-name suppliers.  You order from NOFA. Whatever you need. One thing – or ten things.  A whole bunch of us do the same thing, and the nice suppliers give us a discount. That’s why it’s called “BULK.” You send in your order and payment.  The stuff is delivered to designated locations across the state. You can check out our website to find a delivery site near you.  You help support NOFA in the process.

Download an order form at http://www.nofamass.org/programs/bulkorder/index.php or drop off/pick-up an order form at the at the NOFA Summer Conference in Amherst. ORDERS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY AUGUST 15th. All sized growers, from the farm to the backyard, are welcome to participate. Questions? Contact Cathleen O’Keefe, Bulk Order Coordinator, bulkorder@nofamass.org, (413) 584-6786 with any questions.

Friday, August 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Nesting Project: Connecting Nature with Art

Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge, is branching out.  Consider the great outdoors your artist studio and learn how to make sculpture using twigs, sticks, string, leaves, moss, and other natural materials. The project: think like a bird and use imagination and creative engineering to build a nest for your yard or garden. The project focuses on constructing natural materials without glue, tape, staples or hammer and nails, rather like a bird. Take a tour of the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Bird Habitat Exhibition, watch a demonstration, collect materials on the ground of the garden and then join artist Ann Kremers for a delightful nest building exploration. Take home your nests and the skills to construct other environmental art projects in your own back yard. This workshop is appropriate for adults or children 10 and up accompanied by an adult.  The program will be held Friday, August 26, from 10 – noon.

Ann Kremers is an artist living in Bennington, Vermont. She focuses on watercolor, drawing and teaches environmental art to all age groups. She has led many workshops thorough out northern Berkshire County connecting people with nature through art and has taught at the Clark Museum and in area schools. BBG member price $25, nonmembers $35.  Register online at www.berkshirebotanical.org.  Below is artist Laura Ellen Bacon’s sculpture Fallen Nest, copyright Laura Ellen Bacon.  This woven artwork was commissioned by the Charnwood Museum and created on site.

Thursday, August 25, 5:00 pm – Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic Preview Party

You are invited to the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic Preview Party to benefit the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit.  Boston Jumps on the Common is free of charge and open to the public on Thursday, August 25, beginning at 5 pm on the Boston Common, corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street.  Enjoy a preview of the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic and see Olympic Grand Prix jumping, followed by an exhibition by the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit.  The Putnam Equestrian Classic will take place at the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton September 8 – 11.  For more information, call (978) 491-9456 or visit www.bostonequestrianclassic.com.

Friday, August 12, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Art in the Garden “Paintings of Fabric” Artist’s Reception

Also on Friday, August 12, from 6 – 7:30 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, meet fiber artist Gail Bachorik, whose art quilts inspired by Florida’s lush tropical landscape, and by Tower Hill, will be on display.  The exhibit will continue through September 4.  For directions and more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org. “Mexican Blues” is shown below.

Friday, August 12, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Art in the Garden “Fear and Wonder” Reception

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, will feature Sean James Harrington’s sculpture series “Fear and Wonder” through September 17, and you will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a reception on Friday, August 12, from 6 – 7:30.  The exhibit is inspired by nature and myth.  For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.

Wednesday, August 24 6:00 pm – Superbat: A Documentary Screening

Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge,  will screen Superbat on Wednesday, August 24 beginning at 6 pm. This 48-minute documentary explores the world of bats and the scientists who study them – including the late Donald Griffin, a Harvard zoologist who was the first to describe their echolocation ability in the 1940s. Using 3-D graphics to recreate the bats’ acoustic vision and shooting with infra-red and high-speed cameras, this film offers an exhilarating “bats-eye” journey into the night.

Screening to be followed by a discussion by Professor Thomas Kunz of Boston University, one of the world’s leading bat experts. Kunz will answer audience questions and discuss some of his current research on bat biology, aeroecology and behavior, including the latest on the White-Nose Fungal Disease that has devastated bat populations in the Northeast.  Part of Summer Nights at the Museum. Free with museum admission.  For more information log on to www.hmnh.harvard.edu, or call 617-495-3045.  Thank you Julie Newmar for the image below, which has nothing whatsoever to do with White-Nose Fungal Disease, but I’ll bet you read the post.

Tuesday, August 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Josiah Dennis Manse Flower Show

The Village Garden Club of Dennis will present the Josiah Dennis Manse Flower Show on Tuesday, August 23, from 10 – 4, at the Josiah Dennis Manse, 77 Nobscusset Road in Dennis.  Visitors will enjoy an assortment of floral arrangements and horticulture displays, provided by members of the garden club.  Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the club’s community initiatives.

Wednesday, August 10, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – From Genomics to Small Scale Agriculture: Tale of the Cherimoya, an Ancient New Crop

Iñaki Hormaza, Arnold Arboretum Research Associate and Professor, Mayora Research Station of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research, will be discussing the cherimoya, a potentially sustainable fruit tree originating in the Andes, and his project which unites conservation, research, and production methods. In Central America, the cherimoya is called the Anona and in English speaking countries it is sometimes referred to as the “custard apple” or “sugar apple.” It should be a wonderful evening linking research to the lives of small scale farmers in Central and South America. The cherimoya holds potential as a sustainable crop for the countries of that region and beyond. A wealth of genetic diversity, excellent organoleptic qualities (sensory food appeal), and high nutrition content make this fruit a potential component of Andean food security. Iñaki Hormaza, a visiting plant biologist at the Arboretum, is coordinating a project to capitalize on the species’ potential and will talk about his work that unites conservation, research, and production methods. The program will take place Wednesday, August 10, beginning at 7 pm at Weld Hill, 1300 Centre Street, Boston. Registration is requested by alling Amie Evans at 617-384-5241, or emailing her at amieevans@fas.harvard.edu.  Photo by Axel Kratel.

Tuesdays, September 6 & 13, and Thursdays, September 8 & 15, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm – Harvest Time at the Farm

In this four day seminar, September 6, 8, 13 and 15, taught on location at the Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot Street, Natick, and in the studio in nearby South Natick, learn to paint economic plants grown locally.  Take your observations from the farm’s fields back to the studio to portray the plants in drybrush watercolor.  Sarah Roche’s expert instruction will fine tune your drawings to be botanically accurate and expand your watercolor skills to capture textures and tones and the vibrant colors of fruits, vegetables, and foliage. Your paintings will look good enough to eat.   Watercolor and drawing experience required. Foundations or equivalent course required. Work at your own skill level in this class for advanced beginners to experienced watercolor artists, sponsored by the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture.  WCFH members $250, non-members $300 – to register, log on to www.wellesley.edu/WCFH, or call 781-283-3094.

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Wednesday, August 10, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Insect Science: Collecting & Preserving

Insects provide a wealth of information about the environment in which they are found. In this Arnold Arboretum Insect Science class on Wednesday, August 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 in the Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway, you will tune in to insects in the landscape, learn about their life stages, and see how paying attention to their actions and population numbers can guide horticultural maintenance. Sue Pfeiffer, Horticultural Technologist, who has helped collect insects to assist integrated pest management efforts as well as visiting entomologists at the Arnold Arboretum, will give a brief overview of insect anatomy, their life cycles, and describe the major insect families and their identifying characteristics. She will demonstrate how to assess a population as well as various methods of attracting, capturing, and collecting insects. She’ll also show how to preserve and display some of these complex and delicate beauties. Note: this is not a class on integrated pest management. Fee $20 member, $27 nonmember.  To register, log on to www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Bird Park: Ecological Beauty

Join Trustees of Reservations Ecologist Russ Hopping on Wednesday, August 3 at 10 in the morning for a unique walking tour of Francis William Bird Park, an 89-acre reservation in Walpole, designed by renowned landscape architect and town planner John Nolen.  Russ will discuss the park’s land use history and The Trustees’ current efforts to promote biodiversity and ecological resiliency.  His passion for the sustainable landscape management practices employed here is contagious.  Attendees will learn about lawn reduction to create meadows for native pollinators, birds, and bats, sustainable mowing practices, removal of invasive species, and monitoring waterways to plan pond restoration.  Registrations are limited.  $15 for Ecological Landscaping Association and Trustees of Reservations members, or $20 for nonmembers.  For more information call 617-436-5838, or email ela.info@comcast.net.  You may register online at www.ecolandscaping.org or www.thetrustees.org.  Meet at the park, on Washington Street in Walpole.

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