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Monday, June 6, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – The Lively Place: Mount Auburn, America’s First Garden Cemetery, and its Revolutionary and Literary Residents

When the Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded, in 1831, it revolutionized the way Americans mourned the dead by offering a peaceful space for contemplation. This cemetery, located not far from Harvard University, was also a place that reflected and instilled an imperative to preserve and protect nature in a rapidly industrializing culture—lessons that would influence the creation of Central Park, the cemetery at Gettysburg, and the National Parks system. Even today this urban wildlife habitat continues to connect visitors with nature and serves as a model for sustainable landscape practices. Stephen Kendrick celebrates this vital piece of our nation’s history, as he tells the story of Mount Auburn’s founding, its legacy, and the many influential Americans interred there, from religious leaders to abolitionists, poets, and reformers. A pre-talk reception on Monday, June 6 will begin at 5:30 with the lecture at 6, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street in Boston. Register at

Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Will the Bats Come Back? Confronting White-Nose Syndrome

Have you noticed the decline in bat populations? White-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America. Named for the white fungus found growing on the muzzle, wings, and exposed skin of hibernating bats, WNS is associated with extensive mortality of bats in eastern North America.

First documented in New York in the winter of 2006-2007, WNS has spread rapidly across the eastern United States and Canada. At some hibernation sites, 90 to 100 percent of bats have died.

On Monday, May 23, beginning at 7 pm in the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway in Jamaica Plain, Christina Kocer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will speak about this fungal disease, where it may have come from, the dynamics of infection and transmission, and the search for a way to control it. She will also speak of ways to support bat populations in your neighborhood. $5 for Arboretum members, $10 for nonmembers. For more information call 617-384-5277, or email

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Landscape Designers of the Cornish Art Colony

Join landscape and architectural historian Keith Morgan to learn about the celebrated and visionary landscape designers of the Cornish Art Colony in Cornish, NH. The lecture will take place at the Museum of Old Newbury, 98 High Street in Newburyport on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 pm.

The Cornish Art Colony began in the late 19th century under the influence of renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The area’s bucolic setting and artists’ camaraderie attracted painters, sculptors, designers, and writers to spend their summers working and socializing in and around Cornish. Morgan’s talk will highlight prominent landscape designers of the this art colony, including Charles Platt and Ellen Biddle Shipman.

A scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century American and European architecture, Morgan is interested in the relationships between architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture, and he has taught at Boston University since 1980. He has served as the director of the Preservation Studies Program and of the American and New England Studies Program and as the chairman of the Art History Department on two occasions. He is a former national president of the Society of Architectural Historians. His recent publications include Shaping an American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt, Boston Architecture, 1975-1990, which he coauthored with Professor Naomi Miller, and a new introduction for the republication of Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect.

Reception at 6:30pm Program at 7:00pm
Museum Members: $5 Non-Members: $15
Please RSVP to or 978-462-2681

Monday, May 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Throwing a Dinner Party with Flowers

Michael Spanos of Floral Arts in Westford will present a demonstration for the Carlisle Garden Club on Monday, May 16 from 7 – 9 on Throwing a Dinner Party with Flowers.  He will create several beautiful arrangements and explain how to use a few blooms or an armful from your garden to create inspiring, simple arrangements for your next gathering. If you are interested in joining the Club or attending this meeting, visit and a Club representative will get back to you.

Tuesday, May 17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Garden Day at Show House

Expert horticulturalists will present throughout the day On Tuesday, May 17 under a lovely white tent. Tea and treats will be available for purchase. Your $35 ticket includes one time entrance to Decorators’ Show House 2016 at the 1854 Greek Revival Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton and access to all Garden Day presentations. Boston Junior League Members with a Season Pass for Show House 2016 are invited to join all Garden Day festivities. Purchase tickets online at

10:00 am – Container & Small Space Gardening
Edward MacLean, MCLP

POTTED UP is an “intimate” landscape design firm. From design to installation, they work closely with their clients to create beautiful garden spaces that reflect their sense of style, enhance their enjoyment of the landscape and offer years of joy. POTTED UP was founded by Landscape Designer Ed MacLean, MCLP. Nearly a decade ago, Ed faced the challenges associated with transforming his own roof deck into an urban oasis. Ed quickly realized the limited resources available to the urban gardener and the challenges that faced them and created POTTED UP to meet those needs. Ed holds a certificate in Landscape Design from The Landscape Institute Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional.

11:30 am – Flower Arranging
Lucinda Y. Larson, Floral Designer
Business (617)696-9765 Cell (617)921-2775

Lucinda started her floral design and arranging career in 2000 after twenty years in senior financial management. She is a Senior Associate at the MFA and belongs to the Junior League and Milton Garden clubs. She does flower arranging demonstrations as well as events, weddings and funeral flowers for people who are connected to her business by word of mouth. Her arrangements have graced Green Sales, Annual Forbes House tour, galas, openings, Show Houses and St. Michael’s Flower Guild.

1:00 pm – Bonsai Gardening
Glen Lord, Horticulturist and Bonsai Expert

Glen Lord is an avid bonsai artist with over 15 years in the art form. He spent seven years teaching and making bonsai at Bonsai West, the oldest bonsai nursery in the Northeast. He is also the bonsai specialist for the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection that is housed at The Arnold Arboretum. Bonsai is the ancient Japanese method of growing and caring for a tree whose growth is restricted by the size of the shallow pot in which it is planted and by the pruning of its branches and roots. In this presentation Glen Lord, who consults for the Arnold Arboretum’s bonsai (Japanese) and penjing (Chinese) collection of dwarf potted plants, will speak first about the history of bonsai. He will then demonstrate the methods employed in creating and caring for a bonsai.

2:00 pm – Landscape Design & Planting
Christine Paxhia, Brush Hill Garden Guru

Christine Paxhia is a life long gardener who turned her passion into a garden design and coaching business. After 30 years in corporate America, she became a Principal Master Gardener. She spends much of her time designing garden beds, and redesigning landscapes that have become old and overgrown. Her specialties are shade gardens, sun gardens and planters.
On Garden Day, she will talk you through a few basic principals of designing and planting a garden bed for the shade and for the sun. She will discuss how to determine the site, preparing the site, soil and plant selection.
Christine will do a planter demonstration with seasonal plants.

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Friday, May 13, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – New England Guide to Wildflowers

The New England Botanical Club will hold its May 13th meeting at 6:45 at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts, where Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator of the New England Wild Flower Society will speak on the New England Guide to Wildflowers. The public is invited to attend. Visit for information on the New England Botanical Club.

Monday, May 16, 6:00 pm – A Victorian House in the Millennial Age: Providence’s Lippitt House Museum

The Governor Henry Lippitt House has been a Providence, Rhode Island, landmark for 150 years. A reflection of the great wealth created from manufacturing in nineteenth-century Providence, the museum represents the epitome of Victorian design and sensibilities. But what relevancy does it have today in our post-industrial age? On Monday, May 16 at The Gibson House, 137 Beacon Street in Boston, Lippitt House Museum Executive Director Carrie Taylor will discuss the evolving role of historic house museums as a community resource and the museum’s efforts to engage the local community through new program initiatives.

Reception begins at 6 pm, program at 7 pm. $10 for Gibson House members, $15 for nonmembers. To pre-register, please e-mail

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Roses

David Cannistraro, past President of the New England Rose Society, will discuss a selection of rose types, and how to properly plant them, prune them through the growing season, and protect them in winter, on Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm in the Parkman Room of the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. He’ll also review best methods to deadhead and fertilize, and include a comparison of natural and over-the-counter sprays.

A fun program to make rose growing easy, this program will be hands-on with potted rose demonstrations. Mass Hort members $12, nonmembers $20 – register online at

Also, current President of the NE Rose Society Teresa Mosher will be selling and signing her book, A Year in My Rose Garden.

Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 am – The Hidden Forest

The Lexington Field and Garden Club will present Dr. Susan Goldhor on Wednesday, May 11 beginning at 9:30 am at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum, 33 Marrett Road in Lexington, on the topic of The Hidden Forest.  Few of us know about the hidden organisms that nourish, protect, infect, and destroy the visible portions of our ecosystems.  More than 90% of the world’s plants have fungal partners, without which the world would be a vastly different place.  Fungi depend on plants for oxygen and carbohydrates.  Like us, they have a complicated relationship with the plant kingdom, acting sometimes as good gardeners and sometimes as destroyers.  Photo from

Sunday, May 22, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm

Author Annie Novak of New York Botanical Garden will share a slideshow of forms and gardens featured in her new book, revealing the hidden world of rooftop farming and how you, too, can get growing.  Novak will answer your questions after her presentation, which will take place Sunday, May 22 from 12 – 1 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston.  Free with admission to the garden, but pre-registration required at  Annie is the head farmer and cofounder of the nation’s first commercial green roof vegetable farm, as well as the manager of the Edible Academy of the NYBG, and founder and idrector of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program.