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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

Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, October 30 – 69th Annual Meeting of the Holly Society of America

The 69th Annual Meeting of the Holly Society of America will take place October 27 – 30 at The Landmark Resort, 1501 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Beyond the work that the HSA’s Executive Board does, its strength lies in educational outreach and growing the membership. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and converse with horticultural experts from around the country. Use this chance to broaden your knowledge about hollies through observation and participation so that you in turn can enlighten others. Cathy and Bob Shumate have put together an extraordinary program which will culminate with the ever popular Plant Auction. Here’s your chance to buy hard-to-find hollies and other uncommon plants.

Speakers will include Mark Weathington, Director of JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. He has also served as Director of Horticulture for the Norfolk Botanical Garden and as a horticulturist at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape. He is currently writing Growing the Southeast Garden, a modern guide to gardening in the Southeast, for Timber Press.

Juang-Horng “JC” Chong, Ph.D., An Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with Clemson University, is based at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, South Carolina where he does turf and ornamental research as an Entomologist. His current research and extension projects focus on understanding the biology, ecology, and management of scale insects, wood boring insects, spider mites, eriophyid mites and biological control. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona and his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Augustus Jenkins Farmer III, led teams to plant and establish the vision for two of South Carolina’s major botanical gardens. He is the former director and plantsman of Riverbanks Botanical Garden and of Moore Farms Botanical Garden. With a masters degree in public garden management from the University of Washington and a horticulture degree from Clemson University, he has the combination of horticultural science and museum science needed to set strategic vision for growing plants well. Jenks operates a mail order nursery specializing in organically grown plants of the genus Crinum. He also works as a garden designer from New Orleans to Charleston. He has written Deep Rooted Wisdom: Lessons Learned from Generations of Gardeners.

Registration forms and full information may be found at

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.




Thursday, September 29, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Massachusetts Green Career Conference

The 2016 Massachusetts Green Career Conference will take place Thursday, September 29 from 9 – 4 at the Worcester DCU Center in Worcester. There will be breakout sessions on Career Development, Business, Government, Introductory Careers, and Education, along with a Summit where Massachusetts associations’ representatives will present on employer and employee resources, job openings, education training benefits and sustainability trends. After a Lunch Roundtable, additional sessions will focus on Upward Trends for Women and Minorities, Entrepreneurs, Resources for Employers Who Are Recruiting, Massachusetts Legislation and Clean Energy Jobs, City Planning, Food & Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate Careers, Landscapes, Trees and Urban Infrastructure, The Media, Health & Toxin Reduction, High Schools, and College & The Future of Higher Education. For registration information visit


Monday October 17, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, & Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – 82nd New England Regional Annual Meeting

Join the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. on October 17 and 18 at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 11 Beaver Street in Milford, for the 82nd Annual New England Regional Meeting.  A Journey Through the World of Daffodils by Catherine Felton is just one of many scheduled activities. A full schedule and registration form are available at Registration deadline September 17!


Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm – NABB Annual Meeting – State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure

You are cordially invited to attend the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s Annual Meeting (which is a special meeting this year because it is being held a few days later than the annual meeting usually held in September) on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Algonquin Club, 217 Commonwealth Avenue (between Exeter and Fairfield Streets). At the meeting, members will elect its officers and directors, and NABB will present its community service awards.

This year’s speaker will be Richard A. Dimino, who has been President and CEO of A Better City since 1995, and who is also currently co-chairing the steering committee that is overseeing Go Boston 2030, Boston’s transportation master plan. A Better City recently published State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure, a comprehensive examination of the impacts of population and economic growth on the region’s transportation, energy, water, sewer and waste management systems, as well as the consequences of potential climate change on the region’s seaports over the next 15 years. For more information, visit

Friday, September 23, 10:00 am – Cycads and Gymnosperms

The Garden Club of the Back Bay will kick off its 2016/2017 lecture series on The Prehistoric Garden on Friday, September 23, with a field trip to the Wellesley College Botanic Garden, 106 Central Street in Wellesley, to hear about Cycads and Gymnosperms.

Carol Govan will talk about the connections among related plants and how they express their genetic heritage in response to their environments. Discover the beauty of the first plants to produce seeds. A remarkable adaptation to help plants survive on land, we will see many examples of cycads, conifers, ginkgo and plants that were dominant during the age of the dinosaurs. See hands-on examples of various twigs, cones and seeds. After the lecture, visit these plants in the greenhouses with Carol. Cycads are seed plants with a long fossil history that were formerly more abundant and more diverse than they are today, according to Wikipedia. The living cycads are found across much of the subtropical and tropical parts of the world. Carol, a professional artist, botanical illustrator, and teacher, is a graduate of New England Wild Flower Society’s Certificate in Native Plant Studies program, which has helped her gain insight into the connection between art and nature. Her work has been featured by the New England Society of Botanical Artists, Duxbury Art Complex, and most recently at the Ashland Public Library. Image below from

Club members will receive a written notice of the meeting with car pool information.  The lecture is co-sponsored by The Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Garden and non-club members may register online ($10) at



Friday – Saturday, September 23 & 24 – Horticultural Bright Lights: The Future of Gardening

The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University’s 40th Anniversary Symposium will take a look forward to what the next 40 years have in store for the gardening world. From landscapes that are in harmony with the natural world and cultivating edibles native to our own woodlands to breeding and collecting plants suited to 21st century landscapes, we’ll hear from some of the brightest lights of the next generation of horticultural heavyweights including Matthew Pottage the youngest ever curator for the Royal Horticulture Society’s crown jewel garden— Wisley, one of the premiere display gardens not only in England but anywhere in the world.

Other speakers include cutting edge plant breeder, Hans Hansen; ecological designer, Rebecca McMackin; taxonomist/explorer, Aaron Floden; landscape designer, Claudia West; assistant professor, Jared Barnes, Ph.D.; and North Carolina’s own maple nuts, Matt and Tim Nichols.

One presentation is entitled Propagating Horticulturists: A Cultural Guide for Cultivating the Future of Horticulture.
Propagation is a cornerstone of horticulture. We are incredible propagators of plants, but a challenge we face is how do we propagate horticulturists? In this timely and lively talk, Jared Barnes, current horticulture professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, will discuss the similarities in how we sow seeds and how we expose youth to horticulture, in how we take cuttings and how we help amateur gardeners continue to take root, and in how we graft two different species together and how we bridge a connection between plants and other hobbies and interests. This NC State alumnus will also show in this talk that by using this language and mind-frame along with our understanding of the art, science, and craft of propagation, we can connect with more people and develop a cultural guide for propagating horticulturists.

Exploration, Discovery, and Bridging Botany and Horticulture is the topic of Aaron Floden, Ph.D. Explorations in eastern North America and the less-explored parts of Asia reveal novelties in the scientific realm from both regions with a strong focus on plants with horticultural interest. A strong focus will be Polygonatum and related genera, some North American natives, and numerous genera from Asia where we’ll visit the least explored part of the Himalaya in Arunachal Pradesh, India, the Dabashan in central China, and the north of Vietnam on the border with China.

International Maples of Mystery is next. Japanese maples selections are made all over the world. Matt and Tim Nichols will discuss unique Japanese maple selections made from all over the world with a focus on their most recent plant excursion to Japan which included wild collecting maples, visits of Tsukasa Maple, Kobayashi Nursery, Kobayashi Momiji En, World Maple Park, and much more.

Wisley — The New Chapter for the Flagship Garden of the Royal Horticultural Society is presented by Matthew Pottage. Wisley has been gardened for over 100 years and boasts the largest collection of cultivated plants in the United Kingdom. Attracting over one million visitors per year, Wisley is at the dawn of a new chapter with over £60 million pounds worth of investment planned over the next ten years, coupled with the appointment of Matthew Pottage, the youngest curator in the Society’s history.

Planting in a Post-wild World will explore how we live in a global city and few wild places remain in today’s world. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to bring wildness and ecological value back into our landscape. This challenge requires a new form of planting design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. Join Claudia West as we explore how native plants will fit into our future landscape and how plant community based design strategies can help you meet aesthetic and ecological goals during your next planting project.

Hans Hansen will speak on New Plant Development at Walters Gardens. Hans Hansen is the director of new plant development and plant breeding at Walters Gardens in Zeeland, Michigan (pictured below) – a position he ‘s had for seven years. Before Walters Gardens, Hans was the director of research and development at Shady Oaks Nursery in Waseca, Minnesota, for over 15 years. Hans ‘s current breeding projects include refining U.S. natives for more ornamental and useful urban garden use. His most extensive projects include Baptisia, Monarda, Phlox, ×Mangaves, Heuchera, and Hibiscus breeding programs.

Also on the program will be Rebecca McMackin, Director of Horticulture for Brooklyn Bridge Park, along with an auction and book sale. Call Chris Glenn at 919-513-7005 to register, and visit Program registration is $180, which does not include transportation or hotel. The event will be held in the Ruby C. McSwain Educatin Center, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Climate Change and Its Impact

On Wednesday, September 14, from 9:30 – 11:30 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 33 Marrett Road in Lexington, Quentin Prideaux will cover the impacts and causes of climate change, the actions we need to take, and what it all means for Massachusetts and the Northeast. His highly informative free presentations are visually appealing and even funny! The event is sponsored by the Lexington Field and Garden Club. For more information call 781-860-7440, or email

Sunday, September 25 – Saturday, October 1 – HUBweek 2016

HUBweek 2016, a festival for the future, will take place in Boston September 25 – October 1.  Founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital, you will explore the topics and meet the thought leaders shaping our tomorrow. At HUBweek, the sponsors believe that sharing accelerates innovation and creativity and that Boston is where the future is being built. They invite you to join over 70 organizations and 50,000 participants in 2016 for a look behind-the-scenes – visit labs, companies, and creative spaces. Meet those who are making an impact, from policy leaders and researchers to investors, founders and creatives. Explore, imagine, and exchange ideas that are shaping your tomorrow. Open Registration is available at