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Friday, September 8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium

On Friday, September 8, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Perennial Plant Association are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled “Perennial Inspirations & Concepts.” The symposium is open to all levels of gardeners and professionals. Five of the best writers and creative plantsmen from across the country will be there, and you’re invited to listen, learn and ask questions. Continuing Education Units (CEU)s available.

This Year’s Roster of Presenters Includes:

Karen Bussolini, Garden Writer and Coach

Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Garden Designer and Owner of Linden L.A.N.D. Group

Barbara Pierson, Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm

Kathy Tracey, Garden Writer Designer at Avant Gardens

The Symposium will be held at The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley. Register before August 31: $99; Register on or after September 1: $125. Must pre-register at Price Includes lunch. Image from

Thursday, October 5 – Saturday, October 7 – America in Bloom National Symposium

The 2017 America in Bloom National Symposium is coming to New England for the first time this October.  The Town of Holliston will host the event October 5 – 7, and attendees from out of state will lodge at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center.

The conference kicks off with an East Coast Garden Tour on Thursday, October 5 from 10 – 4, advance registration required. If you want to experience horticultural heritage in the Boston area at its best, this tour is for you! We’ll start by visiting one of the oldest and finest garden centers in the Boston area, Weston Nurseries. Known for offering exceptional plants and garden ideas, this nursery in Hopkinton, MA also has an amazing railroad garden. After touring the garden center we’ll enjoy lunch hosted by Peter Mezitt, fourth generation nursery owner. Then we will head to The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA, headquarters of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here we will enjoy special tours of 12 display gardens, including an historic Olmsted Italianate Garden as well as the Bressingham Garden designed by English nurseryman Adrian Bloom. The last stop on the tour is to Wellesley College, rated one of the most beautiful small college campuses in the country. We will have a special tour of their botanic garden which now focuses on the fundamental role of plants in nature and culture. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. Tour is limited to 50 people so register early.

If you prefer, take a tour of the Urban Farming Institute from 1 – 4. If you believe in sourcing local, fresh food, don’t miss this tour! The Urban Farming Institute is a brand-new concept in the historically-diverse Roxbury/Dorchester/Mattapan neighborhoods of Boston. The Institute’s mission is to develop and promote urban farming as a commercial sector within the city and to create green collar jobs for residents. It is also committed to engaging its urban community in building a healthier and more locally-based food system. The Fowler-Clark-Epstein Farm, currently under reconstruction, is becoming the center for celebrating the agricultural heritage of the Boston area as well as the cultural and historic heritage of this unique community. On this tour, you will see first-hand the work the Institute is doing to enable urban farming through farm creation, farmer training, public education, and policy change, and how the Institute brings people in urban neighborhoods closer to food production. Your tour leader is Barbara Knecht, partner in “Strategies for Cities.” Barbara has brought 30 years of developing urban land for public good and a love of all things edible to her work developing urban farm sites. The cost is $35. Tour is limited to 11 people so register early.

Prior to that evening’s silent auction and cocktail reception there will be a Mayor and Elected Leaders Reception, and later, a Celebration Dinner.

The Symposium begins in earnest on Friday, with a Keynote Presentation by Ken Kruckemeyer, board member of LivableStreets Alliance and partner in “Strategies for Cities.” Ken specializes in the design of civil infrastructure focusing in pedestrian and bicycle corridors as well as roadway and bridge design. Historic preservation has become a fundamental tool for strengthening communities. When understood as a combination of physical and human attributes, it can provide a framework for communities to build on their assets and improve health, affordability, prosperity, and well-being. Historic preservation can make it possible to achieve a wide range of public goals, including small business incubation, affordable housing, sustainable development, neighborhood renewal, heritage tourism, and economic development. By examples primarily drawn from his Boston experience, Ken will address the importance of historic preservation and the role that walkable corridors play in an effective immersion in the historic character of a community.

Friday brings a host of panel presentations such as Creating a Sense of Place Downtown, and a How-To Guide to Improving Your Town Through Horticulture. Afternoon and evening tours of the Freedom Trail and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, plus Mount Auburn Cemetery, are on offer.

On Saturday the Showcase of Innovation continues, and America in Bloom President Katy Moss Warner will take a brief look at collective successes in her morning Keynote Speech. A lunch and Holliston Walking Tour round out the afternoon, and that evening, the America in Bloom Awards Banquet will take place.

Full registration is $345, and by registering online at before September 8 you will receive a discount. You may also call 614-453-0744, or email

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13 – NOFA Summer Conference

NOFA is grateful to have Dr. Don Huber and Michael Phillips as 2017’s keynote speakers at the NOFA Summer Conference, to be held August 11 – 13 at Hampshire College in Amherst. We are also excited to host an amazing collection of organic minded professionals that will enliven our potential to create robust, healthy food systems that provide real food for all. Our three-day conference offers a wide-range of seminars, workshops and other educational opportunities. Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

From generations of past cultures that established the sustainable production systems upon which we base our modernized techniques, to our immediate relationship with neighbors and the global community of conscious minded producers and consumers, to the microbial life that supports our bodies and our environment, we exist within a vast web of interconnectedness.

Simply put, we are better together. We are stronger together. Inseparable, in fact, from each other and the systems that support our lives and our food. If we work to ensure a harmonious relationship with ecological and social systems, we can cultivate fair and thriving production and consumer models to live within.

Join us to build upon this interconnectedness – from microbial to human communities – on August 11-13! Registration prices range from $70 – $250. Check all the options and register at

Tuesday, June 27 – Thursday, June 29 – One Water Summit 2017

Water touches everything we do: it drives our economy, helps communities thrive, and shapes our environment. The challenges facing our water supplies and systems are complex and immense, both in scale and importance. From aging infrastructure, to demographic and economic shifts, political uncertainty, climate change, inequality—water cuts across so many of our country’s most pressing issues. At the One Water Summit 2017, the nation’s brightest minds and most committed leaders come together to discuss solutions that can create a more sustainable water future for all.

Convened by the US Water Alliance, One Water Summit 2017 brings together hundreds of leaders from across the country to network, engage in thought-provoking dialogue, share best practices, set strategic priorities, amplify great ideas, and take actionable ideas back home. One Water Summit 2017 is a unique venue to craft innovative solutions, connect with influential leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and forge the alliances needed to advance sustainable water solutions.

Many thanks to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans for serving as our local host for One Water Summit 2017. New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for a dynamic, solutions-focused conversation about how we view, value, and manage water—now and for future generations. The Conference will be held at the InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, and is $595 for a US Water Alliance Member, $745 for nonmember.

Register today at You won’t be disappointed.

Wednesday, July 12 – Saturday, July 15 – National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

NCYGS is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. This summer’s event will take place in the Greater Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington area. NCYGS 2017 attendees will have the opportunity to:

Explore topics ranging from curriculum to program management to garden design and maintenance during four dynamic days of educational sessions, field trips, and expert keynote presentations. July 12 will feature optional pre-symposium trips, while July 13-15 will comprise the main body of the symposium.
Experience the vibrant gardening and environmental culture of the green Pacific Northwest. Share ideas, success stories, and inspiration with like-minded colleagues from across the nation. Have questions or need more information? Email or call 703-768-5700 ext. 140. Website:

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Sogetsu Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

The Andover Garden Club will meet Tuesday, June 6 at the Andover Country Club, Canterbury Street in Andover, for a general meeting with luncheon and presentation. Presentation and demonstration by Tomoko Tanaka, a Wellesley resident who began her training in her native of Japan. She holds a certificate of Riji, the highest rank of the Sogetsu School. Cost $40, including lunch and speaker. Checks payable to Andover Garden Club due by May 24, 2017. Mail to Sandy Clevesy, 165 Hidden Road, Andover, MA 01810.  Guests are welcome for coffee and general meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Sandy at

Wednesday, June 28 – Sunday, July 2 – 70th Annual International Lily Show & Symposium

The North American Lily Society will hold the 70th Annual International Lily Show & Symposium beginning Wednesday, June 28 at noon and running through Sunday, July 2 at 3 pm at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri.  Featured events will include Dr. Wilbert Ronald on A Passion for Lilies, a Judges symposium with Kathy Anderson and Warren Summers, a Species Lily Preservation meeting, a tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery, Jan Riggenbach’s lecture Landscaping with Lilies: Complementary Companions, Judith Freeman on Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed … Something Blue?, a tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the keynote address by Dr. Peter Zale on Lily Species Around the World and in Cultivation.  There will be auctions, pollen swaps, demonstrations, and much more.  For Registration and complete information visit

Wednesday, June 7 – The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. Annual Meeting

President Betty Sanders and The Board of Directors are planning for the 89th Annual Meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., to be held
June 7, 2017 at The Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, Massachusetts. All registration information may be found at

Monday, May 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods

A green forum on Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods will take place Monday, May 1 beginning at 6:30 pm at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street in Back Bay.  Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Green Committee, Mothers Out Front: Downtown, and the Ellis Neighborhood Association, the event will feature great speakers with a brief question and answer period, a fun “artistic” interlude to capitalize on the setting at The Lyric Stage, and an opportunity to engage with many advocacy groups taking action on clean energy initiatives.  Free, but tickets must be reserved at

Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 pm – Esplanade Association’s 16th Annual Meeting

The Esplanade Association will be hosting their 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 2nd at the Algonquin Club in Boston. The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the organization will share what they have accomplished over the past year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and what they have planned for 2017 as they continue their mission to make life better on the Charles River Esplanade.

The evening will also feature guest speaker, John Alschuler, Chairman at HR&A Advisors, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary firm focused on increasing the vitality of urban life. Also, Mr. Alschuler is Emeritus Chair of the Friends of the High Line. Since founding the New York office of HR&A in 1984, he has developed bold plans that have reshaped waterfronts, downtown districts and neighborhoods. Specifically, in Boston, HR&A is the lead consultant for Imagine Boston 2030 and is playing an influential role in the Barr Foundation’s work on Boston’s Harbor. As a part of the Annual Meeting, Mr. Alschuler will speak about the significant relationship between parks and city life, as well as public-private partnerships, which is a topic that is very relevant to the Esplanade Association.

The meeting will be from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Algonquin Club located at 217 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. For those interested in attending please RSVP to as space is limited. For more information visit