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Saturday, April 21 – The 14th Annual Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium

The 14th Annual Great Gardens & Landscaping Symposium will take place Saturday, April 21 at The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. The symposium features:

Five info-packed lectures led by nationally and regionally renowned professionals in their fields. Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus from the University of Vermont will speak on Top Flowers and Vegetables for Northern Gardens, and Gardening in a Changing Climate. Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens will present Succulent Love. Valerie Rollins of Four Star Greenhouse will Discover the Magic Behind Growing Great Herbs, and Kerry Ann Mendez of Perennially Yours will speak on New and Unusual Perennials, Flowering Shrubs, and Annuals.

A Gardeners Marketplace runs all day with plant vendors, artisans, gardening gifts and products. Terrific handouts, door prizes and garden gifts for everyone!

Special overnight room rates for symposium attendees at The Woodstock Inn and Resort. This is an opportunity to connect with hundreds of gardeners from around the Northeast and beyond. Register online ($98) at

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Friday, April 6, 6:45 pm – New England Lichens: Leveraging Past Riches to Understanding the Present and Future

The New England Botanical Club Distinguished Speaker, Dr. James Lendemer, will speak on Friday, April 6 at 6:45 pm in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxfore Street in Cambridge. Dr. Lendemer is Assistant Curator, Lichenology, Institute of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden, and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Graduate Center, City University of New York. His topic is New England Lichens: Leveraging Past Riches to Understanding the Present and Future. Dr. Lendemer says: “As the staff lichenologist and an assistant curator in the Institute of Systematic Botany, I spearhead a diverse program of research and education focused on lichens—symbiotic fungi that are often considered to be the equivalent of corals on land. I oversee the curation of the lichen collection at New York Botanical Garden, the largest such collection in the western hemisphere, and one that serves scientists and land managers worldwide by providing access to unique high quality data. My research focuses on understanding the biodiversity of lichens in North America, while simultaneously working with collaborative partners to develop and implement conservation strategies that will safeguard those species for future generations.” Free and open to the public. For more information visit

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Spring Hive Management

Join Massachusetts State Beekeeper Ken Warchol on Saturday, March 31 at 10 am at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an in-depth lecture on spring management of honey bee hives. This lecture will focus on how to manage spring hive population build-up, feeding, dividing, pest monitoring and protection and most importantly how to prevent swarming. For beekeepers this program will provide critical information and most especially timing of important management techniques to get the honey season off to a positive start. Following this class, participants are welcome to stay to meet and discuss beekeeping with others. $5 for BBG members, $10 for nonmembers. Register online at

Ken Warchol, is a 6th generation beekeeper and former teacher whose lectures are enjoyed by expert and novice beekeepers alike. He has previously served as a Massachusetts State Bee Inspector. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting. Image of Ken Warchol from

Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Revealing a Sense of Place

Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join Grow Native Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, as Matthew Cunningham explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.  Image below from Turf Magazine.

This lecture if free, and co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. For more information visit

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Tuesday, March 27, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Common Sense Growing

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts is excited to host Jamie Colen, the Garden Director at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am. The event is a horticulture morning not to be missed.  Jamie, with almost 20 years as Garden Director at one of the last working formal estate gardens of the 20th century, presents a slide show entitled Common Sense Growing. It dispels many garden myths and misconceptions as well as touches upon a short history of Fuller Gardens. Location: Espousal Center (554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA) Cost: $5.00 Contact: Misty Florez at

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Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 pm – Annual Meeting of the Boston Preservation Alliance

Join the Alliance at our Annual Meeting for Members on March 21 at 6 PM at the New Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street with special guest James Lindberg, Vice President of Research and Policy, Preservation Green Lab, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Preservation Green Lab is producing innovative and forward-thinking big data tools that are shaping the way we think about preservation and sustainability. To kick off the Boston Preservation Alliance’s 40th Anniversary year, James Lindberg will speak about the evolution of historic preservation, answer questions like “Why We Preserve?” and discuss the future of the field through its growing connections with the environmental and sustainability movements. Not a member yet? Now is the perfect time to join or renew. Visit

Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 pm – Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable

Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, will speak on Tuesday, April 3 at 6 pm in the Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, on the topic Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable. The free public lecture is part of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series, supported by a generous gift from Dr.s Herman and Joan Suit.

For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. Over time, they transformed the chemistry of our planet, making it habitable for plants, animals, and humans. Paul Falkowski will discuss how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life would cease without them today. By examining the inner workings of these miniature “engines” and the processes by which they are built and assembled—like building blocks— within every creature that walks, swims, or flies, he will reveal how microbes are the great stewards of life on Earth.

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. 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.

Tuesday, March 27, 6:00 pm – How Mushrooms Changed the World

David Hibbett, Professor of Biology, Clark University 2017–2018 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, will speak on How Mushrooms Changed the World on Tuesday, March 27 in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, as part of the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Evolution Matters Lecture Series. Free and open to the public. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage. Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.

Fungi receive little attention in mainstream media, but these organisms have an enormous impact on ecosystems and on the production of food and pharmaceuticals. As decomposers, fungi recycle nutrients and are key contributors to the global carbon cycle. David Hibbett will examine the diversity of fungal decay mechanisms and how they have evolved across geologic time. He will also address the controversial hypothesis that fungal evolution contributed to the decline in coal formation at the end of the Carboniferous Period.

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.

Sunday, March 18, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Veggie Garden Remix

Come to Berkshire Botanical Garden on Sunday, March 18 for a lecture and book signing beginning at 11 am. There is a world of diversity available to food gardeners, if we just take the time to look. Best- selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world; Cucamelons, Indian cucumbers, chickpeas, Italian leaf broccoli, Chinese artichokes, zaatar, and wonderful greens like Tokyo bekana, amaranth, magenta spreen, and molokhia. She’ll showcase a wide selection of flavorful and easy-to-grow global vegetables, and offer tips on how to grow and eat them. A book sale and signing will follow this talk. $5 for BBG members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting. Register at

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is online at

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Saturday, March 24, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – 2018 Mass Land Conservation Conference

The 2018 Mass Land Conservation Conference, Leading Locally in a Changing World, convened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 8am – 4pm at Worcester Technical High School, One Skyline Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts.

General attendee registration is $60 before March 9, $80 after. Lunch is an additional $14. Register online at:

MLTC is pleased to announce keynote speaker Rand Wentworth. Rand Wentworth is the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and a member of the faculty for the Senior Executive Fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also serves as president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation organization based in Washington, DC which serves as the leader for 1,100 land trusts with 8,000 staff, 16,000 board members and 4.6 million members. He served as president from 2002-2016 and is widely recognized for expanding the pace and quality of land conservation in America.

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