Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tuesday, March 13 – Margaret Pokorny to Receive Park Partners Award

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will present the first annual Park Partners Award to Margaret Pokorny of the Back Bay during the Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party at the Seaport World Trade Center on Tuesday, March 13. The Park Partners Award recognizes Boston citizens who make a significant contribution to beautification and the city’s parks.

A longtime advocate for protecting the natural resources in her neighborhood, Margaret Pokorny has worked closely with residents and city officials to beautify Commonwealth Avenue Mall since she first moved to Back Bay in 1980. She was instrumental in efforts to revive the turf along the Mall, supported the creation of the Women’s Memorial, and has been active in fundraising and caring for trees along the Commonwealth Avenue.

“Margaret has gone above and beyond in order to preserve the quality of life in the neighborhood by advocating for policies which protect trees and encourage use of Commonwealth Avenue Mall by residents and visitors,” Mayor Menino said. “She is vigilant about engaging her neighbors to help water, replace, and protect trees, especially the Dutch elm population. She is always gracious, honest, and direct. The city is lucky to have such an advocate for our green space.”

A hands-on booster for Boston’s parks, Pokorny’s personal slogan is “Born to Prune.” Her in-depth knowledge of her neighborhood parks was evident in her final thesis in the Radcliffe Seminars program in Landscape Design in 1992: a history and master plan for Commonwealth Avenue Mall. She was mentored in the project by her friend and neighbor, the late Stella Trafford, known as the Grande Dame of Boston parks for her own involvement with Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Public Garden, and Boston Common.

Pokorny worked with Trafford on issues related to the Mall, and became an active member of the Board of the Friends of Copley Square, the Friends of the Public Garden, and the Board of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. She also served as Co-President of the Garden Club of the Back Bay and joined the Board of The Esplanade Association when it was founded in 2000. Margaret has also received the Boston Bowl from the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America.

Tickets are still available for the March 13 Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the eve of the 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show which opens to the public on March 14. In addition to the award presentation, Dr. Gustavo Romero will speak about the Glass Flowers Collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and gardening expert Patti “Garden Girl” Moreno will give a talk on Urban Sustainable Living and the five things everyone can do to live more sustainably in the city.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Parks Department at (617) 635-4032 or visit

Saturday, March 3, 4:00 pm – An Everlasting Meal

Join Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge, for an author signing and meet and greet with Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal, this Saturday, March 3, beginning at 4 pm.

“An Everlasting Meal is beautifully intimate, approaching cooking as a narrative that begins not with a list of ingredients or a tutorial on cutting an onion, but with a way of thinking…. Tamar is one of the great writers I know—her prose is exquisitely crafted, beautiful and clear-eyed and open, in the thoughtful spirit of M.F.K. Fisher. This is a book to sink into and read deeply.”
Alice Waters, from the Foreword

“In this beautiful book, Tamar Adler explores the difference between frugal and resourceful cooking. Few people can turn the act of boiling water into poetry. Adler does. By the time you savor the last page, your kitchen will have transformed into a playground, a boudoir and a wide open field. An Everlasting Meal deserves to be an instant and everlasting culinary classic.”
Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing

Tamar Adler is a former editor of Harper’s Magazine, the founding head chef of Farm 255 in Athens, Georgia, and cooked at Chez Panisse from 2007-2009. Her book has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, the Irish Times, the San Francisco Examiner, among other publications. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The New Leader, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, Fine Cooking,, Gilt Taste, the, and more. Tamar lives in Brooklyn, NY.

The event is free. For more information, telephone 617-491-2220, or email


Friday and Saturday, March 30 – 31 – Thirtieth National Pesticide Forum

The 30th National Pesticide Forum, Healthy Communities: Green Solutions for Safe Environments, will be held March 30-31, 2012 at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The conference will focus on organic land care, urban/ suburban pesticide use, organic food, and protective national, state, and local policies. The conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, Environment and Human Health, Inc., the Watershed Partnership, Inc., and co-sponsored by local, state and regional public health and environmental organizations.

Sessions will be held in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Kroon Hall. This sustainable building is a showcase of the latest developments in green building technology, a healthy and supportive environment for work and study, and a beautiful building that actively connects those who use it with the natural world.

More details and registration information is available on the National Pesticide Forum webpage,  Students $15, members $35, nonmembers $75, businesses $175.

Sunday, March 25, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Project Native 2nd Environmental Film Festival

Project Native 2nd Environmental Film Festival will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, beginning at 10 am. All films will be free to the public. Last year over 600 people from 6 states attended the festival. Films on a variety of topics, from 90-minute features to a series of short films for children, will inspire, enrage, and motivate audiences to engage. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Karen Lyness LeBlanc at 413-274-3433 or

Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Pretty and Poisonous: The Role of Plant Defenses in Flowers

Lynn Adler, Associate Professor of Entomology at UMass Amherst, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, March 13 at the Cambridge Entomological Club.  She will present a lecture entitled Pretty and Poisonous: The Role of Plant Defenses in Flowers.  CEC meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from October through May. The evening schedule typically includes an informal dinner (6:15 to 7:15 PM) followed by our formal meeting (7:30 – 9:00 PM) in MCZ 101, 26 Oxford Street, Harvard University. The latter begins with club business and is followed by a 50 minute entomology related presentation. Membership is open to amateur and professional entomologists.  For more information, email CEC President Jessica Walden-Gray at

Monday, March 19, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Bonsai: History, Facts and Myths

The March meeting of the Garden Club of the Back Bay will take place at the Wellesley College Botanic Garden on Monday, March 19 beginning with tea at 2 pm, followed by another of our “Japan Year” programs, Bonsai: History, Facts and Myths. Learn how bonsai are created and tips for keeping them alive as long as possible. Pauline F. Muth will present a program on the history, art and horticulture of bonsai. She will illustrate her talk with both a photographic and live collection of various types of bonsai. Pauline has been involved with bonsai for almost 40 years. She maintains a teaching studio in West Charlton, NY exclusively dedicated to the art of bonsai. Her gardens are open to the public by appointment. She sits on the executive boards of Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society, The Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Societies, The American Bonsai Society and Bonsai Clubs International. Her studioʼs web site is The program is co-sponsored by The Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notice of this meeting, along with car pool information.  Others may register on line (Arnold Arboretum and Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture members $10, non-members $15) at

Saturday, March 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, and Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Tree Rings: Ceramic Panoramas by Warren Mather

Artist Warren Mather, a member of the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, makes circular panoramas, presenting a simultaneous view of what is in front at the same time as what is behind. In this Arnold Arboretum exhibit, running from March 17 – April 29, he creates inverse panoramas of the bark of various trees. These images are formed into a ring and transferred to silk-screens, printed in ceramic pigments on clay, then fired and glazed. There will be an artist reception on Saturday, March 17, from 1 – 3 in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall at the Arboretum, and an artist talk on Thursday, April 12m from 6:30 – 8, also in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall. For more information visit, or call 617-384-5209.

Thursday, March 1, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Restoring Buzzards Bay’s Natural Resources

The first of the free 3-part workshop series will focus on identifying critical ecosystem needs, assessing damaged natural resources, and the values associated with restoration. David Burdick, Marine Wetland Ecology and Restoration Professor at the University of New Hampshire will be the keynote speaker and the workshop will include a site visit to Acushnet River restoration sites. This March 1 event will take place from 10 – 5 beginning at the Buzzards Bay Coalition office, 114 Front Street in New Bedford. Free. For more information, call 508-999-6363, x 226, or email

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Gardens of Portugal

Treat yourself to a trip through the Gardens of Portugal with Val Libby, a landscape designer and garden historian. She will share pictures and comments as she explores the garden history of Portugal while traveling from Lisbon south to the Algarve and visiting the palaces, quintas, and convents of Portugal’s past. This free program on Thursday, March 1, from 7 – 9, will be held at the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street in Medford, and is sponsored by the Medford Garden Club.

Sunday, March 18, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Love Your Lawn Again

Paul Tukey and Victoria Rowell introduce their new book, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games on Sunday, March 18 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at The Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center. For the last five years, Tukey has focused his energies on teaching about growing lawns naturally through the SafeLawn Foundation. In his new book, co-authored by actress and best-selling author Victoria Rowell, Tukey shares his desire to inspire people to use – rather than just look at – their lawns. Meet Paul and Victoria and get re-acquainted with the joy of old-time-y family lawn games like bocce and croquet and maybe learn a few new ones, too! Free with admission to the show – for more information, visit