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Faye Campion

Garden Club of the Back Bay member Faye Campion unexpectedly passed away Sunday, February 18. Faye was born in Ballinakill, County Laois, Ireland, and graduated from Mercer’s Hospital, Dublin as a registered nurse.  She worked for many years at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.  She was a fixture at the gym, as many of our members can attest.  We found a lovely picture of Faye from a past Twilight Garden Party event – she was always a supporter. Faye will be buried in Ireland, but we will remember her fondly here in Boston.

Thursday, March 22, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – 2018 Emerald Necklace Conservancy Annual Meeting

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on Thursday, March 22 at the Landmark Center, 8th floor, 401 Park Drive, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Hosted by Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek, the Annual Meeting, Parks as Infrastructure for Living, will feature a series of succinct presentations from area thought leaders on the multifaceted role of parks in the urban setting. Topics and speakers include:

Pallavi Kalia Mande, Charles River Watershed Association

Dan Adams & Marie Law Adams, LANDING STUDIO

Peter Costa & Alyson Fletcher, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates

Jen Mergel, Public Art Curator

RSVP at by March 15! Doors open at 5:30, and at 6 pm the series of seven minute presentations will begin. At 7, there will be a reception and conversation. Come to the from entrance of the Landmark Center (the old Sears Building for those who remember that far back). Parking is $15 with event validation. Host Sponsor is Samuels & Associates, and FOCUS Real Estate also is a sponsor of this event.

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Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 pm – As the Seas Rise, Can We Restore Our Coastal Habitats?

Steven Handel, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, will present a free lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge, on February 27 at 6 pm.

As sea levels rise, the potential loss of coastal habitats is a threat across the globe. This is of particular concern in the eastern United States, where coastlines are largely developed and offer few open spaces for habitats to move inland if present natural lands are lost. Considering the current conditions of coastlines, as well as future development scenarios, Steven Handel will discuss strategies to help maintain our coastal character and the ecological services of coastal habitats that are critical to the social, cultural, and environmental well-being of our region. Free and open to the public. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. Check the day of the program for a direct video link. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Brewing with Botanicals

Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge, will hold a beginner level class on Saturday, March 3 from 11 – 2 on Brewing with Botanicals, a beginner level class. We introduce you to the art and science of home brewing. We lead you through a full brew day as we discuss the four main components of beer: malt, yeast, hops, and water; the brewing process; and how to avoid and troubleshoot the most common problems. This class includes complimentary samples of Beerology’s home-brewed beer! $35 for BBG members, $45 for nonmembers. Register at, or call 413-298-3926.  Photo by Jerrey Roberts of Beerology owners Jordana Starr and MIchael Schilling from

Wednesday, February 28, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School

This February 28 webinar from 2 – 3:30 will highlight an inspiring and successful green infrastructure project at the Guiteras School to save and protect Silver Creek in Bristol, RI from polluted stormwater runoff. Bristol is a small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community, and water discharging from its storm sewer system is regulated by the state of Rhode Island.

The Silver Creek watershed is 2 square miles, discharges into Bristol Harbor, and is 50 yards from the Guiteras School (Grades K-5). In 2013, two talented mothers of elementary school students designed and created an outdoor education facility to enhance environmental education and improve environmental quality in and around Silver Creek. From landscape design to community and student engagement, the Section 319-funded grant project treated and infiltrated stormwater runoff from the entire school, reduced impervious surfaces, controlled a growing Canada goose population, and engaged 300 students at the school with hands on projects to restore Silver Creek.  Photograph below by Ed King.

Presenters include:
Betsy Dake – Senior Environmental Scientist, RI Department of Environmental Management
Brooke Merriam – Landscape Designer, Sunflower Designs, LLC
Shannon Rozea – Executive Director/Landscape Architect, Thrive Outside
Edward M. Tanner – Principal Planner, Department of Community Development, Town of Bristol, RI

To register, visit

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Lessons Learned When Field Botany Meets Design

Grow Native Massachusetts presents a free talk on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, by Uli Lorimer, Curator of the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Ecologically attuned designers are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration in the design of managed landscapes. But connecting field botany to horticulture is complex, and insights gained from observations in the wild don’t always translate directly into a cultivated garden.

Uli will use the recently expanded native flora garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a cultivated pine barrens and coastal plain grassland, as a case study sharing lessons learned along the way as the project evolved from a concept into a dynamic, living landscape. Good design allows for change and succession to occur, and flexibility in design intent is a valuable strategy because things do not always work out as planned.

Uli Lorimer has been the Curator of Native Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Garden for over a decade. He was instrumental in the expansion of the Garden’s native plant collection, using only material sourced from the wild and grown from seed. As Field Chair at BBG, he coordinates fieldwork with regional botanists and leads botanical expeditions for naturalists and horticulturists. Co-sponsored by Mount Auburn Cemetery. For more information visit  Image from

Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 pm – Digging Deeper with Archaeologist Sara Belkin

Wakefield Estate’s February Stone Soup and Speaker features Dr. Sara Belkin of Boston University on Archaeology. On Feb. 28th at 6 pm, come to the Wakefield Estate for the second in its 2018 Stone Soup and Speaker series of engaging talks and delicious homemade soups. This year’s theme, Digging Deeper: Exploring the Wakefield Estate’s Collections, allows for a deeper look at four different aspects of the estate’s collections.

This month, Sara Belkin, former Director of our Summer Archaeological Institute for teens, will discuss her intriguing findings and research during the past five years of digs, which focused on the Irish tenant farm family that occupied the farmhouse in the late 19th century, an interest that led to and culminated in her successful defense of her doctoral dissertation in 2017. This program will be held in the Isaac Davenport mansion located at 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton. RSVP by calling 617-333-0924 x22. Suggested donation $5.

Thursday, June 21 – Thursday, June 28 – Iceland in Summer

Join women traveling together for Serendipity Traveler’s 2018 Iceland summer small group tour to this naturally beautiful island and meet a puffin or two. Let your spirit soar with nature during our 2018 women’s tour of Iceland’s renowned glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls along the Golden Circle. It’s summer in Iceland, the land of the Midnight Sun, when the wildflowers are blooming in the meadows, temperatures are warmer, days last forever, and the waterfalls are beyond one’s wildest imagination. Iceland is one of those places where our packing list says bring a woolen hat, gloves and jacket for the winds along with your bathing suit. Of course, we will dip in the notable Blue Lagoon, walk the trails to thunderous waterfalls, photograph the fields of wildflowers blooming, and sample what makes Iceland the place that is wild, wooly and wonderful. It’s the land of fire and ice and the land of glaciers and geysers. Reserve your 2018 adventure to Iceland today. Serendipity Traveler, a specialty tour company for women traveling alone, offers itineraries that are thoughtfully crafted to provide women with the best traveling experiences wherever we go. The curated itinerary gives you a generous idea of what to look forward to and what to plan on. There will be spontaneous elements that will happen as we travel. You will add the rest when letting the essence of serendipity weave a rich tapestry of memories long after we all have said goodbye. Serendipity Traveler offers all women personal service, unparalleled value, and exceptionally fine travel in small groups.Our small group women’s 2018 tour to Iceland is 6 days and includes comfortable boutique accommodations with your own private room and no additional single supplement $5895.00. Walking tours,extensive island touring with excellent naturalist local guides including the Golden Circle, The notable Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and Iceland’s Southwesterly region, visits to numerous landmarks and stunning locations of interest, National Parks, glaciers, waterfalls, UNESCO World Heritage sites, all breakfasts, two lunches and our welcome and farewell dinners are included. Reserve now for Serendipity Traveler’s sampler of fire and ice touring Iceland in summer 2018. Complete details at

Sundays, March 4 & 11, 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm – Brass Tacks of Landscape Design

Monique Allen of The Garden Continuum will conduct a two session class at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on March 4 and 11 from 12:30 – 3:15 on landscape design.

Session one outlines the fundamentals of landscape design theory starting with an overview of garden ecology and a review of the layers: Infrastructure ~ Structure ~ Enhancements. This discussion will go over the permanent year round features of all landscapes (the bones) and review all of the convertible elements that transition through the seasons (the flesh). This discussion will also review the development of the design concept starting with the Needs ~ Wants ~ Wishes exercise (homework for next session).

Session two will review the hands on elements of a site analysis from data gathering to documentation and interpretation in order to help guide the designer in making sound design choices. We will discuss plant inventory as well as surrounding vegetation (including weeds) to help with analysis. In this discussion we will review the Needs ~ Wants ~ Wishes exercise and review concept planning using bubble diagrams and discuss preliminary layout planning.

Monique Allen has dedicated 32 years to the landscape industry focusing on land design development, best-practices construction, and fine gardening. She is the founder and creative director at The Garden Continuum, Inc., an award winning, 7-figure landscape firm. She’s developed a unique skill set in low impact and sustainable design practices. Monique is a certified Conservation Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a registered Women Owned Business. Monique is also the founder of TGC Academy, which runs the Landscaper’s Freedom Formula on-line training and offers private coaching to landscape business owners to help them navigate the complexities of growing a successful organization.

Tower Hill Members – $95; nonmembers $120. Register at

Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, February 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Camellia Show Weekend

Escape from the winter into Tower Hill’s lush conservatories, view stunning floral displays, and learn more about floral design at demos and talks by experts. On Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, enjoy stunning blossoms and trees from the New England Camellia Society and explore Tower Hill’s camellia collection in the conservatories. $5 – $15. For more information visit  Image from