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Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Pioneering New Territory

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design presents its Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture on Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Gund Piper Auditorium.  The featured speaker is Peter Latz, who will give a talk entitled Pioneering New Territory.  Peter Latz studied landscape architecture at the Technical University of Munich. He is best known for his emphasis on reclamation and conversion of former industrialized landscapes. Retired today, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was also a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Latz once noted in a foreword for the book Visionary Gardens by Ernst Cramer that the overall of landscape architecture could be applied in abstract rules. “The beauty of nature lies within the essence and effect of plants and materials.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm – Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World

Water scarcity is on everyone’s mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people’s food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience, biodiversity and climate change. Judith D. Schwartz shows there are alternatives to praying for rain or sandbagging like crazy, demonstrating that we can ally with the water cycle to revive the earth and restore lush, productive landscapes. Take for instance a river in rural Zimbabwe that, thanks to restorative grazing, now flows a kilometer farther than in living memory. Or a food forest of oranges, pomegranates, and native fruit-bearing plants in Tucson, grown through harvesting urban wastewater. Or a mini-oasis in West Texas nourished by dew.

Water in Plain Sight shares stories of water innovators and takes readers though the US and the world to find new water—water held in the soil, cycled through plants, captured as dew. We gain new insights on how water flows across the land, insights that can help us replenish water sources and make the best use of what we have. Ms. Schwartz will speak at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge on Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm, and will be available to sign copies of her book.

Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist whose recent work looks at ecological restoration as a way to address environmental, economic, and social challenges. She writes on this theme for numerous publications and speaks in venues around the world. Her 2013 book Cows Save the Planet was awarded a Nautilus Book Award Silver Prize for Sustainability and is among Booklist’s Top 10 Books On Sustainability. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and Brown University, she lives in Vermont. For more information visit

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 – National Chrysanthemum Society Convention: California, Here We Come

The Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society (SCS) is honored to co-host the 73rd Annual NCS Convention and Show at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel November 3 – 6.  NCS will hold the Convention and the Sacramento Chapter the Show. Fall in California is fantastic with great fall colors and warm temperatures. Visitors can enjoy all of the charm of Rancho Cordova, downtown Sacramento, and visit the abundant outdoor recreation of the nearby Folsom area. Visit local attractions such as the Rancho Cordova Events Center, Lake Natoma, the RedHawk Casino, historic downtown Folsom, and the Folsom Palladio Shopping Mall. This luxury hotel is next to light rail transit to downtown Sacramento, the California State Capitol, Sacramento Convention Center, and California State University Sacramento.

Say “California, Here We Come” with your best blooms, NCS sprays, bonsai, container-grown and artistically trained plants. We look forward to filling the tables with beautiful chrysanthemums! The Sacramento Floral Design Guild has written a very exciting and challenging design schedule. They look to quickly fill each design class and recommend early reservations.

The Convention will feature wine tours, silent auctions, ice cream socials, horticultural symposium, and a banquet and awards dinner. Register online at Registrations received after October 12 will be assessed a late registration fee. Image of Golden Rain chrysanthemum from

Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Pest Management

Join a Heritage Museum & Gardens Horticulturist in Sandwich on Wednesday, September 28 beginning at 10 am, and walk the gardens to learn about pests, integrated pest management, and how Heritage uses a sustainable approach to control pest problems. Buy tickets online at $10 for Heritage members, $25 for nonmembers.

Questions? Contact Julie Raynor at or call 508-888-3300. Image from

Wednesday, October 12, 10:00 am – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginkgo, but Were Afraid to Ask

Join The Garden Club of the Back Bay and Dr. Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum on Wednesday, October 12 at 10 am at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, for an in-depth look at one of the most ancient and fascinating trees on the planet. Peter has been studying the natural history and evolution of this tree for the last twenty-five years and is a world authority on the subject. His travels have taken him to remote areas in southwest China in search of wild-growing Ginkgos as well as to old estates and botanical gardens in Europe and the United States. Peter has also studied the cultivation of the Ginkgo for ornamental purposes as well as for the production of leaves to make an extract that some people take to improve their memories.

Peter Del Tredici holds a BA degree in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a MA degree in Biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University (1991). He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after working there for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Del Tredici taught in the Landscape Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 through 2016 and is currently teaching a course in urban ecology in the Urban Planning Department of MIT. He is the winner of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award for 1999 presented by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and in 2013 he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society (England) “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.”

Dr. Del Tredici’s interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as plant exploration in China, the root systems of woody plants, the botany and horticulture of magnolias, stewartias and hemlocks, and the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree. His recent work is focused on urban ecology and has resulted in the publication of the widely acclaimed Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell University Press, 2010) as well as a GPS-based mobile app, “Other Order” which interprets the Bussey Brook Meadow section of the Arnold Arboretum (with Teri Rueb). He lectures widely in North America and Europe and is the author of more than 130 scientific and popular articles.

Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive separate notification of this October meeting. If you are not a Club member but are interested in attending, please email This lecture is part of our 2016/2017 series on The Prehistoric Garden.




Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Combining Perennials

The whole can be more than the sum of the parts when you garden skillfully. A flowering perennial that is pretty by itself may be spectacular when contrasted with the right neighbor. And one plant can make up for the deficiencies of another when properly paired; a compact partner can hide the stems of a leggy beauty, another pairing can share their glory simultaneously or hold their own in two different seasons when artfully chosen. Garden writer and horticulturist Thomas Christopher, who recently authored Essential Perennials with Ruth Rogers Clausen, will share some of his favorite combinations and pass along tips that will set you on the road to creating many more of your own. The lecture will take place Saturday, October 1 beginning at 10 am at Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. BBG members $20, nonmembers $25. Register online at

A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, Thomas Christopher has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens, and has served as a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Living. He is the co-author with Ruth Rogers Clausen of Essential Perennials, a complete reference to 2,700 perennials for the home garden.


Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Responses to Anthropogenic Climate Change: Predicting the Future Requires Knowing the Past

The Arnold Arboretum’s Director’s Lecture Series kicks off Tuesday, October 4 at 7 pm in the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum with a talk by Camille Parmesan, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University, UK, and the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin. Camille’s work focuses on the impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field studies of American and European butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species on land and in the oceans. She has participated in US and international assessments of climate change impacts and provided formal testimonies for the US House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee. Camille has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Fee Free. Arboretum Members only. Registration required as seating is limited.

Register online at or call 617-384-5277.

Saturday, September 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Plant Breeding in the Home Garden

It’s the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You’re not likely to find it at your local garden center. You’re going to have to create it yourself. But don’t worry—it isn’t hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. This Berkshire Botanical Garden talk on Saturday, September 24, co-sponsored with the Berkshire Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, will get you started with the basics of how to produce a new variety of hosta, a tomato perfect for your palette (or climate), a pepper with just the right amount of heat, or a more fragrant rose!

Part of a new generation of gardeners, Joseph Tchonievich earned his B.S. in horticulture from Ohio State University, went on to work for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan, and wrote a book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, spent two years working at the famed rare plants nursery, Arrowhead Alpines, and was named by Organic Gardening magazine as one of “six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” BBG members $20, nonmembers $25. Register online at

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm – The History of Horticulture in Boston

Horticulture is the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants. It includes the cultivation of fruits, flowers and vegetables and also includes plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design, construction, maintenance, and arboriculture.

Noted historian Anthony M. Sammarco will discuss the early years of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and discuss the horticultural pursuits in Brighton, among them the Winships, Brecks, Kenricks and the many nurseries that once flourished in Brighton. This Thursday, September 22 event is sponsored by the Friends of the Brighton Branch Boston Library, the Brighton Allston Historical Society, and the Brighton Garden and Horticultural Club. The program begins at 6:30 pm at the Brighton Branch, Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Road in Brighton Center. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 pm – Planning and Planting for Sustainable Landscapes

Join Warren Leach at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 pm as he offers planning and planting suggestions to support the creation of gardens and landscapes that minimize the use of limited resources. His design tips and plant recommendations will help you conserve your own precious time and energy as well as our limited natural resources such as water, soil and fossil fuels. Meet a variety of drought tolerant plants, conservation gardening practices and design techniques that will easily translate to your own home.

Warren Leach is a passionate plant collector and landscape horticulturist as well as a nationally award-winning landscape designer. Warren is co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth MA, a specialty nursery that is a prominent grower of daylilies, iris and distinctive perennials and woody plants. The program is free with admission to the garden. For more information visit  Image from