Monthly Archives: August 2011

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program

Beginning August 17th, Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program will be accepting online applications for school garden grants! In partnership with FoodCorps, Whole Kids Foundation will grant 1000 schools $2000 each to build or expand their school garden.

To kids (and many adults!), gardens are magical places where they can see things come to life. Experiencing that process for themselves helps kids understand that food comes from plants, and not out of a box or off a truck. With that in mind, the goal of the garden grant program is to support schools wanting to establish or grow their gardening programs so they can offer their students the great experience of gardening.

Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. Like anyone who gardens, kids are proud of the fruits of their labor and are more apt to eat the fresh veggies they’ve grown. School gardens also offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. Plus, teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.

If you’re interested in getting a garden in your local school and want to find out more about the online application process, visit the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program page for a downloadable PDF with complete grant information.

Then, when you’re ready to apply online, you’ll follow three steps:

Step 1: On your first visit, you’ll be asked to provide your email address and create a password. If you want to complete your application in two sessions, when you return simply click the Login button on the right side of the page.

Step 2: The second section of the application requires information about the applying entity: the school, district, or nonprofit organization to whom the grant will be paid.

Step 3: The final section of the application is to learn more about the garden project for which you are applying, what groups are involved, how students will be engaged and the details of your garden plan including timeline and budget.

Grant applications will be accepted through December 31, 2011. Applications will be reviewed and recipients will be notified in February 2012. There is a limit of one garden grant per school.

What do you think? Would a school garden grant help bring momentum and passion for healthy food, agriculture and nutrition into your local school?


Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Botanical Printing on Fabric

The Arnold Arboretum offers a two day workshop on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, from 10 – 4 on Botanical Printing on Fabric. Transfer images and anatomical details of plants onto fabric by inking them with textile paints and thickened dyes. Learn how tools, plants, textiles, inks, composition and color can be applied to produce diverse results, from exquisitely detailed to boldly expressionist. You will print many samples, learn to fix them for washability, and leave with handouts and notes. Limit 12 students. Fee: $150 Materials: $25 payable in class. Offered with the Eliot School, where the class will take place. Leonore Alaniz, textile designer, instructs. Register at

Thursday, September 15 – Friday, September 16, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Then and Now

The Lenox Garden Club presents a GCA Flower Show at Ventfort Hall, Museum of the Gilded Age, 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The show will be open to the public from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16.  For more information, contact Mary Ellen O’Brien at, or check the Lenox Garden Club’s website,

Tuesdays, September 20 – November 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Introduction to Botany

Register now for the fall semester of Introduction to Botany with K.N. Gandhi, Botanist with the Harvard University Herbaria.  The ten session course will take place at the Herbaria in Cambridge on September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 29 from 6:30 – 8:30. Among the topics to be explored: plant cells and tissues, anatomy and morphology, reproduction, nutrition, growth and development, plant diversity, evolution, classification, and nomenclature.  Fee $280 Arboretum and NEWFS members, $372 nonmembers. Offered with the New England Wild Flower Society.  Register at

Saturday, September 17, 9:15 am – 5:00 pm – NEBC Field Trip at the Middlesex Fells Reservation

The New England Botanical Club begins its fall season with a field trip at the Middlesex Fells Reservation on Saturday, September 17.  Arrive at Bryan Hamlin’s home at 56 Wyman Street in Medford between 9:15 and 9:45 am, or between noon and 1 pm for various morning and afternoon field trip choices.  Field trips will end about 5 pm.  Note that heavy rain will postpone the trips to Sunday, September 18 – check the NEBC website ( at 8 am for Saturday cancellation.  The Middlesex Fells Reservation is a largely natural woodland area of over 3,000 acres in the suburbs north of Boston.  “Fells” is a Saxon word for rocky, hilly tracts of land – an apt name for this scenic area which has many rocky outcrops and other interesting habitats leading to surprising biodiversity.  Set aside in 1894, the Fells was the keystone in the creation of the Metropolitan Parks system.  The plant survey of the four original parks became known as the Deane Flora report of 1896 and led, through the needed cooperation of amateur and academic botanists, to the creation of the NEBC that same year.  Four NEBC members have recently concluded a follow-up survey, which will be published in Rhodora.  The Fells is also rich in local history.  Within the Fells is Spot Pond, first explored and named by Governor Winthrop in the winter of 1632.

Groups will leave for the nearby Fells at 10 am and/or 1:00 – 1:30 pm.   There will be a choice of two morning and afternoon hikes exploring special habitats and unusual species.  Park at Bryan’s house and carpool from there.  From 12:30 – 1:15 there will be a “semi-potluck” style lunch at Bryan’s, so please bring a contribution.  A variety of beverages and nibbles will be provided.  Please rsvp to Bryan at, or call him at 781-395-7722.

Tuesday, August 23, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Herbal Tea Workshop

Ever wonder which herbs work well in blends together–for both taste and function? How do you combine cultivated and wild herbs to make a healing tea for colds & flu? For mineral content? For soothing the stomach? Which herbs taste best, and how do you make them the most effective? Learn the art of tea blending from Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs, sample some of her delicious signature teas, and enjoy an afternoon tea-time of healing camaraderie, on Tuesday, August 23 from 1 – 3 at the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury.   $45/$40 for PHA members, please pre-register. 508-693-9426.  Photo from, which provides daily tea news.

Thursday, August 18 – Saturday, August 20 – Boston GreenFest 2011

Boston GreenFest on City Hall Plaza is organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. As the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities.

Thursday, Aug 18 5 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, Aug 19 noon – 9:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 20 11 am – 8 pm
The EcoParty Continues Every Night at the
Hard Rock Café Presented by Afrodesiacity!

– Native American Drum Ceremony
– Green Fireworks and Light Show
– Transportation Tomorrow Today!
– Over 200 Exhibitors
– 200 Live Performances
– GreenSouleStage
– Great Escape with Alexanderia!
– EcoSalsa Fashion Show
– Jambalaya and Samba Dancers
– YMAA Kung Fu Demonstration
– NESA Gymnastic Presentation
– Tap Off with Boston Tap Company
– Green Entrepreneur Small Biz Forum
РEcoCaf̩, EcoGallery, EcoBazaar
– GreenFilmFest
– EcoFashion Pop-Up Shop
– One Gallon ChallengeTM
– EcoTimeTrail
– BPS EcoPhoto Contest
– EcoPoetry with Seitu
– Boston GreenFest Quilt

Tuesdays, September 6 – 20, 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm, and Sundays, September 11 – 18, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Native New England Shrubs

The many species of native New England shrubs display a wide variation in size, shape, color, and in characteristics of their bark, flowers, and fruits. This New England Wild Flower Society course introduces students to about 50 species growing in this region. Instructor Roland “Boot” Boutwell will emphasize identification and you will become familiar with family characteristics and historic uses. Bring a hand lens to each session. Field sessions held in locations off-site with directions provided during the first class, which will take place at Garden in the Woods in Framingham. NEWFS members $215, non members $258. Register online at

Sunday, August 21, 1:00 pm – 200 Years of Vanderbilt Landscape History

“200 Years of Landscape History” tour led by a National Park Service Ranger starts at the visitor parking area of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, New York at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 21.

The tour concludes at the Formal Gardens where visitors may join Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association volunteers between 1pm and 3:30pm for an additional 30 minute tour.

Interpreter-guides will discuss the history of the gardens, Vanderbilt ownership and the on-going work by the Vanderbilt Garden Association which was formed in 1984 to rehabilitate and maintain the garden plantings.

Park in the Vanderbilt Mansion visitor parking lot and follow the gravel path on the south side of the mansion to the formal gardens. Tours will be canceled in the event of rain. Please call 845-229-7770 or 845-229-6432 for status if the weather is questionable.

Additional garden tours will be held September 18 and October 16.

For more garden tour information please call or email Suzanne Gillespie at 845-473-5957,  Photo from the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Saturday, August 20, 9:30 am – Tour-de-Hives

Starting at 9:30am on Saturday, August 20, 2011, this 9-mile bike tour will feature 5 different hive sites around Boston. Each site visit will include a presentation by a local beekeeper on various beekeeping subjects- organic hive management, making and keeping Top Bar Hives, the role of the queen, and more. The group will break for lunch in Jamaica Plain, where the first 30 Tour-De-Hive registrants will receive a lunch discount at City Feed & Supply. The day will conclude with music, food and merriment at Follow the Honey Bee Festival in Cambridge. Can’t bike that far? No problem! Carpool or take public transportation to and from the sites as you please.

Here is the schedule:

9:30- 10:15 City Natives Apiary
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

10:45-11:30 Boston Nature Center Apiary
500 Walk Hill Street, Roslindale

11:45-12:30 Leland Street Herb Garden
11 Leland Street, Jamaica Plain

1:00-1:45 Allandale Farm
259 Allendale Rd, Brookline

2:00-2:45 LUNCH at City Feed and Supply

3:00-3:45 South Huntington Street Hives
252 S. Huntington Ave, JP

4:45-8:00 Follow the Honey – Honey Festival
1132 Mass. Ave, Cambridge

Pre-Registration recommended (first 30 people to register receive lunch discount). Please bring your own veils! Extra veils will only be available for the first 7 people who register. For more information, email Suggested donation $15.