Category Archives: Meeting

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 pm (Corrected Day) – Preparing for Climate Change in Boston: The Vital Role of Our Greenspaces

The Friends of the Public Garden will hold a members reception on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 pm at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart Street, on Preparing for Climate Change in Boston: The Vital Role of Our Greenspaces.  2012 was the warmest year on record in the US by one full degree.  By 2047, the coldest years will be warmer than today’s warmest. Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston, will discuss what Boston is doing to prepare for climate change, and how parks help.  The Friends will also be celebrating Hill Holliday for raising the visibility of the Friends through a generous marketing campaign.  Reception to follow program.

Event is free for members, but space is limited.  Please rsvp by Friday October 3 at info@friensofthepublicgarden.org, or call 617-723-8144.  Your membership can be renewed at this event.  Motor Mart Garage is lead sponsor for this reception.

Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Go Botany!

Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist for the New England Wild Flower Society, demonstrates exciting new tools for plant identification. Go Botany is the NEWFS’s new website that teaches botany and plant identification. This resource serves as a field guide to help you identify and learn about 1,200 of the most common native and naturalized plants of New England. Imagine identifying plants in the field with your iPad or smartphone!

This flexible and user-friendly tool helps you identify species based on whichever portions of the plant (leaves, flowers, winter buds, bark, etc.) you are able to observe at any given time of year. Once you identify the plant, you can see a wealth of information about it, including gorgeous color photographs, maps of its geographic range, diagnostic characteristics, and memorable facts. Go Botany is optimized for both desktop and tablet computers, so you can use it anywhere you have a web connection. Dr. Farnsworth is one of New England’s great botanists and Editor-in-Chief of Rhodora.

This talk kicks off The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s 2014-2015 meeting schedule, centered around Technology and the Garden.  The event will take place Wednesday, September 17 beginning at 10 am at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  Club members will receive written notification of the meeting.  Guests are welcome – if you are not a GCBB member, please email info@gardenclubbackbay.org to register.  A suggested $5 contribution is requested for non-members.

Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 8-10, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

Friday, August 8: Pre-conferences on Changing Dirt into Soil; Tools for Resilient Urban Ecosystems; Healing Autoimmunity with Naturopathic Medicine; and Stocking the Home Apothecary with Locally Abundant Herbs.

Saturday & Sunday, August 9-10: 150+ adult workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more.

We also offer educational and fun workshops designed for kids and teens where children bond with others throughout the Northeast while parents attend workshops and the plenary.

This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.  Cost ranges from $45 – $150.  Visit www.nofasummerconference.org/index.php for complete details.

Thursday, July 24, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – MNLA Summer Conference and Trade Show

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) will hold its annual Summer Conference and Trade Show on Thursday, July 24, from 8 – 5 at Savage Farms in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  The keynote presentation will be The Future in Plant Materials by Michael Dirr, author of seven books including Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses, a widely used and best-selling reference text. Register on line at  http://www.mnla.com/mnlamfga-summer-conference-and-trade-show/ before July 17.  $55 for sponsor members, $65 for non-members. Walk in registration will be $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers. For more information visit the website or call 413-369-4731. Image of Michael Dirr from Scott Arboretum.

Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21 – 2014 Northeast Region American Conifer Society Annual Meeting

The American Conifer Society’s Northeast Region Annual Meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport, Rochester, New York, on Friday through Sunday, September 19 – 21. Rochester was the host city for 2004 Regional Meeting and several new conifer gardens have emerged to welcome attendees. Co-chairs Elmer Dustman and Jerry Kral are planning an event that they promise will showcase over 600 conifer cultivars including dozens of unusual ginkgos in the gardens to be visited. Program details will follow at  http://northeast.conifersociety.org/events/event/2014-ner-annual-meeting/ but save the date for a fall visit to Rochester when the ACS transforms the Flower City into Conifer City. Registration forms and meeting brochure will be published on the above website when available.  The Highland Park Pinetum will be visited, but for a picture filled preview of the itinerary, which will include a number of Olmsted designed parks, link to http://northeast.conifersociety.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/08/Preview-of-Rochester-Meeting.pdf.

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Saturday, May 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Greenovate Boston Community Summit

On Saturday, May 31, from 10 – 5, you are invited to the Greenovate Boston Community Summit.  The Summit will include world-class speakers, interactive workshops and trainings, and a Marketplace of Ideas to showcase local innovations, products and services.  This day-long event will help gather input and ideas from the community for the 2014 Climate Action Plan Update, which is due for completion by the end of the year.  Location to be determined.  Free and open to the public.  Presented by the City of Boston. For more information check www.summit.greenovateboston.org, or contact Leah Bamberger at leah.bamberger@boston.gov.

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Friday, July 18 – Saturday, July 26 – 10th International Carnivorous Plant Conference & Post-Conference Trip

The International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2014 is presented by the three Australian CP Societies:

The Australian Carnivorous Plant Society
The Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society
The Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society

The conference will be hosted by The Cairns Botanic Gardens, which houses an impressive collection of tropical CPs.

This 3-day event (July 18 – 20) will cater for the scientific/academic community, hobbyists, and conservationists alike. The conference will include high quality contemporary speakers and a range of public events.

To express an interest in attending and to receive a pack, please e-mail: ICPS2014@captiveexotics.com.

Two post-conference field trips have been organized to capture the diversity of tropical Australian CPs.

Monday 21 July 2014, a full day trip to Mount Bartle Frere to see 3 different locations for Drosera schizandra.

Tuesday 22 July to Saturday 26 July 2014, a rare opportunity to visit the very tip of Cape York to see Nepenthes, Tropical Utricularia (below), Drosera, and Byblis.

For complete registration information visit www.carnivorousplants.org/news/Cairns2014.php.

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Tuesday, May 20, 5:00 pm – Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc.

The Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc. will take place Tuesday, May 20, beginning at 5 pm, at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue.  Following the business meeting, Liz Vizza, Executive Director of The Friends of the Public Garden, will speak on the Friends’ new Docent Program.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notice.  If you are interested in attending, please email info@gardenclubbackbay.org by May 13.

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Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 pm – Weevil Diversity: Beyond the 60,000 Names

The Annual Meeting of the Cambridge Entomological Club will be held Tuesday, May 13, beginning at 7:30 pm in Room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Oxford Street, Cambridge.  Bruno de Medeiros will give the traditional President’s address, this year entitled Weevil Diversity: Beyond the 60,000 Names.

Many people know about horned scarab beetles fighting for females, or insect predators such a praying mantises that can be cannibals. What is less well-known is that similar stories can be found among the seemingly uninteresting plant-feeding beetles known as weevils. Weevils stand out as a very diverse group in terms of number of species – in fact, they are the most diverse family of animals. However, they are much more than a bunch of names, and weevil natural history can also be very interesting and sometimes even surprising. In this talk Bruno will share some stories that he found while doing research on palm-associated weevils during the last few years, and also the adventures that he went through while chasing them in Brazil.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided and you are also welcome to join us at 6:00 PM for an informal pre-meeting dinner at the Cambridge Common.

Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Esplanade Association Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting of The Esplanade Association will take place Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30 – 8 at The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Meet new Executive Director Kate Fichter and hear about the accomplishments of the past year  and challenges facing the organization.  If you are interested in attending, email info@esplanadeassociation.org.

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Tuesday, April 29, 5:00 pm – 44th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Public Garden

You are cordially invited to the 44th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Public Garden on Tuesday, April 29, at 5 pm, at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston.  The featured speaker will be Bill Walczak, Vice President of External Relations at Shawmut Design and Construction, and a member of the Friends Council.  His topic is Opportunities for Parks in Boston’s New Political Environment.  He is a long-time parks advocate and was a candidate for Mayor of Boston in 2013.  Reception to follow. Kindly respond by April 22 to 617-723-8144, or email info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm – Orchids That Grow With Carnivorous Plants

The April meeting of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society will take place Saturday, April 12 beginning at 12:30 pm at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  Frank Meglio will give a presentation entitled Orchids That Grow With Carnivorous Plants, sure to inform both carnivorous plant and orchid enthusiasts.  For directions and information visit www.necps.org.

Photo of yellow fringed orchid with hooded pitcher plant from www.fs.fed.us.

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Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 pm – The American Natural History Tradition

The April meeting of the Cambridge Entomological Club will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm in Room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Oxford Street, Cambridge. Professor William Leach will present a talk about the American Natural History Tradition.

If we want to understand why Americans started to collect and study butterflies in the 19th century, we must first understand the evolution of natural history itself. Originating in Europe and England, natural history acted as a language of interpretation and as a way of understanding nature that opened it up. It revealed to Americans what butterflies were all about and why they mattered and were worthy of study and reflection. By the 1870s a brilliant group of American butterfly men had emerged, their ideas forged within the heart of this tradition. They made a profound contribution to natural history, bringing to it a radical Darwinian analysis and a passion for life histories perhaps unrivaled by any of their contemporaries. This talk will examine the character of natural history in America between 1865 and 1885 and the way men such as William Henry Edwards, Benjamin Walsh, (former CEC president) Samuel Scudder, Herman Strecker, Augustus Radcliffe Grote (pictured below,) and William Doherty transformed and enriched it.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided and you are also welcome to join us at 6:00 PM for an informal pre-meeting dinner at the Cambridge Common.

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Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Massachusetts Agricultural History

Meg Muckenhoupt is such an extraordinarily good speaker we just had to have her again. Meg is an environmental and travel writer. Her book Boston Gardens and Green Spaces (Union Park Press, 2010) is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller, and she is co-creator of the Green Spaces: Boston app. She has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, and WGBH’s Forum site. She blogs at GreenSpaceBoston.com, and now is a reviewer on www.thesweethome.com. She is working on a new book on the history of Boston food, which may not be published by the date of the meeting, but which we eagerly anticipate. An optional lunch will follow the meeting, which takes place Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 10 am at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notice of the meeting. Image below from www.ag.umass.edu. If you are interested in attending, please email info@gardenclubbackbay.org.

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Saturday, March 29, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – 39th Annual Gardeners Gathering

Do you love to garden? Join over 400 community and backyard gardening enthusiasts for a full day of lectures, demos and hands-on workshops on Saturday, March 29, from 11 – 5 at The Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street and Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth Street at Northeastern University in Boston. Learn how to keep bees, grow mushrooms, plan your garden and more. Plus, the perennially popular community garden awards will honor Bostonians who’ve made extraordinary contributions to our gardening community. Join Boston Natural Areas Network for this special event!  For more information visit www.bostonnatural.org. 

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Saturday, March 22, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – 2014 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

The 24th Annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, Healthy Land – Healthy Communities, will take place Saturday, March 22, from 8 – 4 at the Worcester Technical High School. One Skyline Drive in Worcester. This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members and staff, parks administrators and advocates, colleagues from federal, state and local government agencies, students, and philanthropists an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and discussions that focus on fostering healthy communities in Massachusetts through land conservation. Join your colleagues in land conservation and acquire the information, skills, and connections you need to be most effective.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Eric Chivian, Nobel Laureate, Founder of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Director of The Program for Preserving the Natural World, and heirloom apple farmer, pictured below.

Registration is $42 for MLTC members, $62 for non members, and $30 for students.  Register online at http://www.massland.org/conference.

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Thursday, March 27, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Civic Development Projects: What Worked, What Didn’t

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts will present a civic development workshop on Thursday, March 27, from 9 – 12:30 at the Espousal Center, 554 Lexington Street, Waltham, entitled Civic Development Projects: What Worked, What Didn’t.  Learn how to work effectively with civic authorities to make everyone proud. Photo below of a Garden Club of the Back Bay civic project courtesy of Penny and Ed Cherubino of www.bostonzest.com. Cost is $15 per club OR bring one item for the Raffle Table.  Multiple club members may attend for just one club donation.  To register contact Louise Sironi at 781-826-8421, or email sironied@verizon.net.  

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Monday, April 7 – Wednesday, April 9 – 2014 Northeast Natural History Conference

Join the Eagle Hill Institute on Monday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 9 for the 2014 Northeast Natural History Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Springfield Hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts. This conference promises again to be the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history for the Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. It will serve as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide interest in natural history by bringing people with diverse backgrounds together. Impressed with the Sheraton Springfield Hotel as a wonderful conference facility and western Massachussetts as a central location within reasonable travel distance to so many institutions and organizations focused on natural history research, the organizers are returning there for the 2014 NENHC.

Special Conference Rates:
• $109 plus tax per night for a room with either one king or two queen beds
• $99 plus tax per night for students
• An extra person can share the room on a rollaway bed* for only an additional $15, making it even more affordable for those on a budget.

Individuals may call in directly to the Sheraton Springfield reservations desk at the number provided below. In order to receive the special rates, guests must identify themselves as attendees of the Northeast Natural History Conference and make their reservations by March 16th. In addition, students must identify themselves as students at time of registration and then provide student ID at time of check-in. After this date, discounted room rates may be available, but only at the discretion of the Hotel.

Sheraton Springfield Hotel
Address: One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144
Phone: 413-781-1010 or 1-800-325-3535
To register for the conference, visit http://www.eaglehill.us/NENHC_2014/registration/registrationinfo.shtml before March 16.

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Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered

The Hopkinton Garden Club welcomes character actor Colleen Plimpton as “Beatrix Farrand” on Tuesday, March 18, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Hopkinton Historical Society, 168 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton. Colleen considers herself both an educator and an entertainer. Her lighthearted, interactive, informative  show ‘n tell lectures illustrate various aspects of gardening and green living.  She has presented to thousands of people over the past several years, including appearances at the Boston, Chicago, Connecticut and Rhode Island Flower Shows.

Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was America’s first female landscape architect and a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Though overlooked for decades, her work is being rediscovered. Many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in Hyde Park, NY; Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT and Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, ME, have been restored. This talk is a dramatic, 45-minute, first person presentation of the life, times and work of this distinguished “landscape gardener”.

Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.hopkintongardenclub.org.

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