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Wednesday, November 8, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm – Victoria’s Secret Revealed: SAVE THE DATE

The Scholarship Committee of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. presents Victoria’s Secret Revealed, a Scholarship Fundraiser High Tea, on Wednesday, November 8, to be held at The Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Milford. Candace Morgenstern of Rhode Island will present an innovative program. Registration begins at 9:30 am, the Victorian Hat Contest at 10:00 am, Program at 10:30 – 11:30, Victorian High Tea Luncheon at 12:15, and raffle drawings and announcements will conclude the event. $60. For tickets, send check made payable to The GCFM,Inc to Diane Bullock, 456 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, or to Leslie Frost, 31 Lowell Street, Andover, MA 01810.


Saturday, October 28, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – The Art of Hostas

On Saturday, October 28 at 2 pm at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Art of Hostas takes a vibrant, colorful and exciting look at these amazing plants in a whole new light. Rob Zimmer will showcase the qualities and characteristics of hostas that make them outstanding garden plants, both as specimens, as well as in breathtaking combinations with other plants. You’ll also see hostas used in ways you may have never seen before. Co-sponsored with New England Hosta Society.

Rob Zimmer is an award-winning nature and garden author, columnist and radio host who has written for many daily newspapers throughout Wisconsin such as the Appleton Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern and others. His columns also appear weekly in the Wisconsin State Farmer. He is the author of the books Voices of the Wind: Four Seasons in Wild Wisconsin, Wild Seasons: The Beauty of Native Wildflowers, Shadows and Light: Showcasing a Hosta Love Affair and  Reflecting: Nature in Black and White. His features and photographs have also appeared in a number of magazines, including Wisconsin Gardening, Wisconsin Sportsman, Michigan Out-of-Doors, Wisconsin Natural Resources, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birders World, Wildlife Conservation, Country Journal, Silent Sports and Camping Today. Rob also hosts the radio program Outdoors with Rob Zimmer, every Saturday on WHBY radio. Find him online at http://www.robzimmeroutdoors.com.  Free with admission to the garden.


Sunday, October 29, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books

This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. Her classic coming-of-age story, told through the beloved Little House books, still resonates today as an iconic story of American identity. The inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books was born from a life lived in partnership with the land, on homesteads she and her family settled across the Midwest. Marta McDowell’s new book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is a revealing exploration of the pioneer writer’s deep connection with the natural world. Following the trail of the Little House series (from Wisconsin to the Dakotas to Missouri) the best-selling author shares intimate details about Wilder and the plants, creatures, and landscapes that are so integral to her stories, they are practically their own characters.

Featuring the beloved illustrations from the original books and hundreds of historical and contemporary photographs, The World of Ingalls Wilder is a must-have treasure for anyone enchanted by Laura’s wild and beautiful life.

Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel. Her previous books include Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, and All the Presidents’ Gardens. This event will take place at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Sunday, October 29 at 12:30, and is free with admission to the garden. For more information visit www.towerhillbg.org.


Wednesday, October 25, 1:30 pm – Documenting the Pine Barrens

Botanical artist and NESBA member Kay Kopper received a grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists to paint plants and wildlife native to Southeastern Massachusetts, which has the second largest region of pine barrens remaining in the world. It is a habitat for pitch pine (Pinus rigida), scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia), cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis), and American woodcock (Scolopax minor), among other species. Kay will describe what an adventure and learning experience this project has been for her in a lecture on Wednesday, October 25, beginning at 1:30 pm at the Wellesley College Botanic Garden. Co-sponsored with the New England Society of Botanical Artists. Sponsor members free, nonmembers $10. Reserve by calling 781-283-3094 or emailing wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu.


Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 am – The Breakers Cultural Landscape Report

John Grove, Landscape Architect, and Leslie Carter, Landscape Architect, Reed Hilderbrand, will speak on Wednesday, October 25 at 11 am at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

The Preservation Society of Newport County commissioned Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects of Cambridge, MA in collaboration with Robinson & Associates Landscape Historians of Washington, DC to prepare a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for The Breakers. A CLR documents a site’s history and existing conditions, provides an analysis of the landscape’s integrity and significance, and outlines treatment recommendations for the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the property. Join us to learn about the fascinating history of The Breakers grounds and the guidelines established in preparation for its upcoming landscape rehabilitation. Image from www.change.org.

Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Register online at http://www.newportmansions.org/events/events-calendar/lecture-the-breakers-cultural-landscape-report


Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Warren Manning: A Force of Nature

Join Jane Roy Brown on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 pm at Garden in the Woods for a presentation about Warren Manning (1860­–1938), an innovative landscape architect and planner whose work is the subject of a new book, Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner that Brown co-edited. Manning had a national practice based in north suburban Boston, and for a time employed Will Curtis, who designed Garden in the Woods. The book will be available for purchase after the lecture. $8 for NEWFS members, $10 for nonmembers. Register online at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/warren-manning-a-force-of-nature


Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Pruning Fundamentals

Proper pruning of trees and shrubs improves their health and structure while enhancing their appearance in the landscape. On October 21 at 10:30 am, learn basic pruning principles, including how to make proper cuts, when to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. This New England Wild Flower Society class is part of our Urban Gardening Series, a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by New England Wild Flower Society in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these free classes take place at the Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA).


Monday, October 23, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between

Hope Jahren, PhD, Center for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, University of Oslo, will speak on Monday, October 23, 7:00–8:30pm at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretm. Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. Hear about the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, and defend themselves. Learn how plants are much more than food, medicine, and wood — they form the living, striving foundation of Planet Earth.

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist and the author of Lab Girl, her revelatory treatise on plant life and a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. Fee: Free Arboretum member, $20 nonmember. Member-only registration through October 15; open registration thereafter. Space is limited. Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.


Saturday, October 28, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm – Fall Parks Forum: Innovation & Inclusivity

Boston Park Advocates, a citywide network of people who champion urban greenspace, will host the Fall Parks Forum: Innovation & Inclusivity, with support from the Solomon Foundation, on Saturday, October 28 from 8 – 12:30 at The Great Hall of the Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk Street in Dorchester. Breakfast will be provided, and teens and adults are encouraged to attend this free event. You will hear from park officials and learn from peers across the city. Please register by October 15 at www.bostonparkadvocates.org.


Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Landscape Options: Focusing on Great Underused Plants

So many plants – so little space… The options are endless and though some plants have very desirable traits and applications yet, they are rarely used.

In a live webinar with the Ecological Landscape Alliance on Thursday, October 19 at 7 pm, Darryl Newman from Planters Choice will discuss native cultivars and non-invasive exotic plants that can be used to meet challenging conditions when designing a more formal landscape. He will focus on plants that have great potential but are underused and could, consequently, be phased out of production by suppliers. Picture of spicebush is pictured below. Mr. Newman will also provide tips on installation, establishment and maintenance for these plants.

Darryl Newman is a principal at Planters’ Choice Nursery, a grower and wholesaler of nursery stock and related goods in Newtown and Watertown, Connecticut. Mr. Newman worked for two prominent Landscape Design/Build firms in the Washington, DC Metro area prior to returning to Connecticut and his roots. He is also the Vice President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association. He holds a degree in Landscape Management from the University of Maryland. Free for ELA members, $10 for nonmembers. Register at http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/webinar-landscape-options-focusing-great-underused-plants/