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Wednesday, August 31, 7:30 pm – The Spell of the Sensuous

In this provocative Polly Hill Arboretum lecture on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 pm, renowned horticulturist Chris Woods will share his passion for plants and illuminate the intimate relationship between plants and humans. Chris will explore sensuality and its relevance to horticulture and ask the audience to unearth their creative selves using gardening as a means to reconnect to the wild and deep magic of the senses. He will cover the value of gardens in creating a healthy society and what needs to be done to help our children overcome “nature deficit disorder.”  Chris has worked in the garden world as a director, consultant, and gardener for over 30 years. Please join us for this exploration of the human attraction to landscape, gardens, and flowers. $10/$5 for PHA members. For more information visit www.pollyhillarboretum.org.


Saturday, September 3, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Tomato Day

On Saturday, September 3 from 11 – 4 enjoy Tomato Day at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston.  There will be tomato tastings, tours, cooking demonstrations and much more.  From 2 – 3, Craig LeHoullier will give a lecture on Epic Tomatoes.  Discover great tomato varieties appropriate for New England and learn tips on how to grow them successfully.  The talk will be followed by a book signing.  All events free with admission.


Thursday, September 8, 7:00 pm – Gardner Museum Landscape Lecture: Chris Reed

Join The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for our annual series of engaging and inspirational presentations from leading voices in the field of landscape architecture. Internationally renowned designers present their recent work articulating landscape as a medium of design for the social, cultural, and ecological life of the city. On September 8, at 7 pm in Calderwood Hall, Chris Reed will give the inaugural 2016/2017 lecture. Chris Reed, the founding principal of Stoss, is known for his innovative approach to the design of public spaces. Reed’s recent work includes the award-winning Plaza at Harvard University, which sits above the Cambridge Street underpass on the Harvard campus. This flexible open space accommodates events, pedestrians, and visitors who come to pass the time. Reed’s research interests include the impact of social sciences on design thinking and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics. His work at Stoss has been recognized with the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture and the 2010 Topos International Landscape Award. Tickets can be reserved online, in person at the door, or by phone: 617 278 5156. Museum admission: adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members.


Thursday, September 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Ariella Chezar: The Flower Workshop

Join nationally recognized floral artist Ariella Chezar for an inspiring and informative Berkshire Botanical Garden program on flower arranging. The program will take place at Zonneveld Farm in Columbia County, NY, where Ariella will lead a tour of her cut-flower farm. She will demonstrate how to condition and arrange freshly cut flowers in the wild and unstructured style for which she is know. Using information from her latest book, The Flower Workshop, Ariella will lead participants through the basics of flower arranging. Following the walk, talk, and flower-arranging demonstration, she will sell and sign her inspiring new book.

Ariella Chezar is best known for a free flowing, wild style and has championed this growing trend in flower arranging. In 2014 she started Zonneveld Farm where she cultivates much of what she uses for her arrangements and workshops. Ariella’s flowers are sustainably grown, and she is committed to using organic techniques on her farm.

BBG members $25, nonmembers $30. Participants will meet at Zonneveld Farm (directions sent upon registration). Register online at https://berkshirebotanical.org/event/ariella-chezar-the-flower-workshop/?instance_id=3842


Friday, August 26, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Frogs and Turtles of Berkshire County

This Berkshire Botanical Garden illustrated talk on Friday, August 26 at 11 am will include methods of identifying frogs and turtles, details about their distinctive biology, and interesting facts about their behaviors and the methods these elusive creatures use to protect themselves and reproduce.

Professor Tom Tyning, Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College, will encourage families to get to know these shy and retiring animals and will have frogs on hand to greet visitors. Free for BBG members and children under 12, BBG admission fee required for nonmembers. For more information visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.  Image of green frog from www.deerfieldriver.org.


Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 pm – Global Tree Conservation: Collaboration for Threatened Trees

Trees are disappearing from their natural habitats all over the world! There is an urgent need for coordinated action before it is too late In her job as Tree Conservation Specialist, Murphy Westwood is charged with saving trees from extinction through global collaboration. But how? Join Murphy on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 pm at the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard for this presentation on the development of the Global Tree Conservation Program at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Learn about their flagship initiatives, their geographic and species priorities, how they foster cooperation among people and botanical institutions around the globe, and most importantly how they take action to save our threatened trees.

$10/$5 for PHA members.Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts.

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Friday, August 26, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Forests for Monarchs

Jose Luis Alvarez is a Mexican tree nurseryman, who has for decades been growing trees for reforestation projects. In 1997, he created Forests For Monarchs (FFM) also known as La Cruz Habitat Protection Program (LCHPP), an innovative non-profit designed to restore the Monarch’s forest habitat and at the same time give indigenous people a desperately needed source of wood for cooking, heating and building houses.

On Friday, August 26 at 1:30 in the Parkman Room of the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, Alvarez will discuss monarch evolution, migration and population changes. He will also review the science which led to the discovery of over-wintering grounds, and the effort to reforest them. The lecture will also bring this topic home as Alvarez addresses Monarch habitat issues in the US, and the work being done to stabilize the Monarch population.

Vermont Woods Studios and founder Peggy Farabaugh are excited to sponsor his tour and hope to see the Monarch’s winter and summer habitats be restored. Learn more about Vermont Woods Studios at http://vermontwoodsstudios.com/monarchs and Forests for Monarchs at http://www.forestsformonarchs.org/.

Lecture Fee: $12/member of Massachusetts Horticultural Society, $20/non-member. Register online at www.masshort.org.


Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 pm – Nepenthes 101

Nepenthes, or tropical pitcher plants, are beautiful carnivorous plants with specific growing requirements. Instructor Dave Sackett cover how to grow them successfully and will feature some examples on display. The talk will include time for questions and answers. This Tower Hill Botanic Garden program on Wednesday, August 17 will begin at 7 pm and is free with admission to the garden. Sign up at https://towerhillbg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-form—nepenthes-101 Image from www.hantsflytrap.com.


Friday, August 19, 7:00 pm – Outstanding American Gardens with Page Dickey

In this August 19 talk sponsored by the Garden Conservancy, Page Dickey shows and describes a variety of private gardens in the U.S. and in Europe that especially appeal to her because of their strong sense of design, atmosphere, or spirit of originality. She will feature gardens that she has visited through Open Days (a program she co-founded in 1995) and that she has written about in numerous books, most recently Outstanding American Gardens, which she edited to celebrate the Garden Conservancy’s 25th Anniversary. She ends with some pictures of her own garden which is a favorite simply because it is hers. The lecture will take place beginning at 7 pm in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture, 19 Grove Street in Peterborough, New Hampshire. $10 for members of the Garden Conservancy, $15 for nonmembers. Register at www.gardenconservancy.org.


Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – The Cocktail Hour Garden

Join author C.L. Fornari for a short stroll through the gardens at Tower Hill on the evening of August 3rd, as she talks about the creation of a cocktail hour garden. Learn about great plants for your evening landscape, sip a beverage from the cash bar, and see or purchase C.L.’s new book, The Cocktail Hour Garden. Bring questions about your yard and garden to this celebration of “after hours” plants.

C.L. Fornari is a creative plant geek who fell into garden communications in 1995. She is the author seven books including her latest, The Cocktail Hour Garden, published by St. Lynn’s Press. C.L. is the host of two radio programs on Saturdays, heard on WXTK and WRKO Boston. She speaks to audiences at horticultural trade shows, garden clubs, botanical gardens, master gardener symposiums, alumni/women’s groups and neighborhood associations. In addition to speaking, radio, and writing, C.L. blogs and runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on Cape Cod.

In 2012 C.L. was awarded the Garden Communicator award from the Perennial Plant Association and in 2013 won three awards from the Garden Writers Association. In 2015 C.L. launched the first annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, a ten-day regional celebration of gardens that raised over $30,000.00 for local non-profits.

Her not-so-secret mission is to cultivate the gardening revival in the USA…in the meantime she grows multitudes of plants on Poison Ivy Acres in Sandwich, MA. Free with admission to the Garden.