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Sunday, July 10, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm – Meet the Bee Keeper

Join local bee keeper Bob Simek on Sunday, July 10 at noon to hear his story of getting into the world of bee keeping. We’ll walk into to see his hives, and have time for questions an answers afterwards. Meet in the parking lot of Rocky Woods in Medfield, Massachusetts. All ages welcome. Free. For directions visit

Thursday, July 14, 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Extending the Flowering Season

Adding new plants to the collections at Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge) which flower in late spring or summer is not just about adding color to the landscape. This initiative is also a response to climate change and the general trend of plants flowering earlier and earlier each year. Because so much biological activity is centered around the time when plants are flowering, the life cycles of insects, and subsequently, the health of other wildlife species such as birds, are a concern. Come on this walk with Dennis Collins, Horticultural Curator, on Thursday, July 14 from 9 – 10:30 and learn about this recent addition to Mount Auburn’s list of horticultural initiatives for the next five years. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. $7 for Friends of Mt. Auburn, $12 for non-members. Register online at

Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 pm – Backyard Bird Sanctuaries

The North Andover Garden Club will present Bill Gette of the Massachusetts Audubon Society on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 pm at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main Street in North Andover, who will give a talk on Backyard Bird Sanctuaries.  Learn many different aspects about birds and how to create your own backyard sanctuary to enjoy these amazing creatures.

Wednesday, July 13, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Mary Vaux Walcott: The Audubon of Botany

The Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Garden, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the New England Wild Flower Society will co-sponsor Mary Vaux Walcott: The Audubon of Botany, on Wednesday, July 13 beginning at 7 pm in the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell building, 125 Arborway in Boston.  Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860 – 1940) was a gifted artist whose stunning watercolors comprise a catalog of North American wildflowers.  This talk by biographer Marjorie Jones reveals rich intersections of history, religion, politics, women’s studies, science, and art during the transformative times in which Walcott lived.  View the “Woody Plants” exhibition by the New England Society of Botanical Artists, on display July 8 – September 11 in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall.  Members of sponsoring organizations – free; nonmembers $5.

Sunday, June 26, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Should We Engineer the Mosquito?

Mosquitoes are more than annoying pests — they’re carriers of the deadly malaria parasite. Every year, hundreds of millions of people are infected with malaria, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths. Insecticide resistance is increasing, and the drugs used to treat malaria are becoming less effective. Scientists have developed a way to alter mosquito DNA to reduce their ability to transmit malaria. Releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into affected environments could bring us closer to eradicating these diseases, but may also cause unforeseen consequences. Should we tinker with the mosquito?  Come to the Museum of Science on Sunday, June 26 beginning at 6 pm to discuss the potential benefits and trade offs. What would you do? Advance registration begins at 9:00 am, Saturday, June 11 (Thursday, June 9 for Museum members) at Image from

Sunday, June 19, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet: 75 Recipes

New England based writer, photographer and home cook Christine Chitnis will share her favorite dairy-free recipes for healthy treats using fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs on Sunday, June 19 from 2 – 3 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston.  Free with admission to the garden, but pre-registration required at

Wednesday, July 13 – Saturday, July 16 – AHS Children & Youth Garden Symposium

The American Horticultural Society’s 24th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium will be held July 13 – 16 in Columbia, South Carolina.  This event brings together teachers, landscape designers, and youth program leaders from around the country to collaborate, share, and learn about engaging young people with plants.

This year’s regional co-hosts are Clemson University Extension, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.  One of the event’s highlights will be tours of local public and school gardens.  Participants may choose from more than 50 educational sessions and workshops, and attend A Sense of Wonder, a one-woman play by Kaiulani Lee based on the life of scientist Rachel Carson.  Additional pre-symposium tours will feature visits to notable regional gardens, including the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden and Moore Farms Botanical Garden (Pictured).  For more information visit or call 703-768-5700, ext. 121.

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces

On Saturday, June 11 beginning at 10 am, landscape designer Jan Johnsen shares her passion for creating relaxing, enticing gardens and reveals the three qualities that contribute to a serene outdoor setting: simplicity, a sense of sanctuary, and delight.

Following the lecture, which will take place at Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge road in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Jan will be signing her latest book, Heaven is a Garden. BBG members $15, nonmembers $20. To register visit or call 413-298-3926.

Monday, June 13, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies

For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do fireflies make their light? What are they saying with their flashing? And what do fireflies look for in a mate?

Join Sara M. Lewis, PhD, of the Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology Department of Tufts University on Monday, June 13 at 7 pm at the Arnold Arboretum for a presentation as she dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these beloved insects. Hear dramatic stories of birth, courtship, romance, sex, deceit, poison, and death among fireflies.

Following the lecture, look for fireflies at the edge of the Arboretum’s wet meadow. Sarah’s recently published book, Silent Sparks, will be available for sale and signing. $5 for Arboretum members, $10 for nonmembers. Register at


Saturday, June 4, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Tom Ashbrook at Newton Community Farm

The Newton Community Farm is honored to host an intimate evening with Tom Ashbrook, award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s On Point. Having spent his childhood on a farm, Tom will talk about farm life, both past and present, and the place of local farms in our agricultural system. The event will be held June 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will begin with a farm tour at 6:30 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. This event is part of Newton Community Farm’s Ten-Year Anniversary program. Click here to register, or call 617-916-9655.