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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

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

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

Photo of yellow fringed orchid with hooded pitcher plant from

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.


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, and now is a reviewer on 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 If you are interested in attending, please email

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 


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

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 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

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 before March 16.

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

Saturday, March 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Extinction is Forever: What Have We Learned?

Using the passenger pigeon as an iconic example of what can happen to a super-abundant species in a relatively short span of time, the 22nd annual Mass Audubon Birders Meeting on Saturday, March 8, from 9 – 3, will focus on the extinction phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. Since 1992, birders from around New England have come together every March to attend Mass Audubon’s Annual Birders Meeting. With the help of supportive sponsors, they have successfully brought together engaging speakers from around the country, been joined by top-notch vendors, and drawn enthusiastic participants to these day-long events.

The meeting will take place at Bentley University in Waltham, and is co-hosted by Mass Audubon, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Featured speakers are:

Patrick Comins, Audubon Connecticut – Weather: Its Significance to Birds and Birders

Keynote Joel Greenberg, Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum – A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction

Matthew Kamm, Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University – Legacy of the Heath Hen

John Kricher, Professor of Biology at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts – Bird Conservation: Ultimately it’s Personal

Michael Reed, Professor of Biology at Tufts University – Causes and Consequences of Avian Extinctions

There will also be a silent auction, proceeds of which will provide financial support to the Bird Conservation programs at Mass Audubon. Register ($60 sponsor members, $65 public) at;jsessionid=2941D35BFE22BC33B67791314E6F05F1.app271b?store_id=1761.

Saturday, March 8, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – 2nd Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance urban farming issues ranging from farming techniques and business models to climate change adaptation and food security. The UFC contributes to short-term and long-term state-wide strategic planning for a sustainable food system in Massachusetts.

Network with Massachusetts’ diverse, multi-sector stakeholders in this dynamic event that looks at current issues, emerging practices and programs, and markets that can contribute to Massachusetts’ urban farming sector resiliency.

For more information, contact Rose Arruda at MDAR: The conference will take place at Northeastern University on Saturday, March 8, from 8 – 4:30. $30. To register online visit Thank you for the image below.

Friday, April 4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and Saturday, April 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

The 11th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2014 at The Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont , will be sponsored by: The American Horticultural Society, Corona Tools, Equinox Valley Nursery, Espoma, Gardener’s Supply Company, Liquid Fence, Neptune’s Harvest and Proven Winners.

This premier symposium takes place April 4 & 5, 2014 and will be held at the world-class Equinox Resort ( in Manchester, VT. The symposium features six dynamic lectures, a Gardener’s Marketplace, great food, door prizes, and gifts. Over 200 gardeners from around the Northeast annually attend this popular event. NEW for 2014 is a special Garden Design Workshop on Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This workshop is in addition to the symposium. Featured speakers, horticultural experts and notable authors are: David L. Culp: owner of award-winning gardens that have been featured on HGTV and in Martha Stewart Living, VP of Sunny Border Nurseries, instructor at Longwood Gardens (PA), former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine, and author of the top selling book The Layered Garden; Thomas Christopher: a highly respected expert on sustainable gardening practices with articles in The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living; owner of a sustainable lawn consulting business, Greener Grasses/Sustainable Lawns, graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s school of professional horticulture and editor of a best seller – The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening, which contains his own chapter on water-wise gardening; Deborah Trickett: a highly applauded container designer who works with clients throughout New England, owner of The Captured Garden, instructor at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, and her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Garden Gate and New England Home magazines as well as on the TV show New England Dream Home; Adam R. Wheeler: a plant fanatic who is the propagation and new plant development manager for Broken Arrow Nursery – a destination garden center in CT, and adjunct instructor on plant propagation and woody plant identification at Naugatuck Valley Community College; and Kerry Ann Mendez: owner of Perennially Yours, garden designer and consultant, guest on HGTV, former TV garden series host, her gardens have been featured in Garden Gate, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and Better Homes and Gardens SIP, and author of The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists and Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens.

How-to, informative lectures include: 50 Perennials I Could Not Live Without; The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year Round Beauty; A Back Yard Revolution – alternative grasses and compatible perennials that provide all the benefits of a conventional lawn; Celebrity Pots, an entertaining presentation on creating flashy containers that portray celebrities like Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and Grace Kelly; Fun with Color: Variegated Foliage in the Garden; and Flashy New or Underused Perennials for 2014. Overnight packages and day only rates are available. Symposium Day Only rates: $98 per person by March 1, $108 after March 1; special rates for groups and Master Gardeners. Overnight packages including symposium programming, accommodations, meals and all taxes & gratuities start at $300.29 for a single or $430.09 for a double ($215.05 per person). For more information and registration details, visit

Thursday, June 26 – Sunday, June 29 – 2014 Northeast Dragonfly Society of the Americas Meeting

The 2014 regional meeting of the Northeast Dragonfly Society of the Americas, to be held June 26 – 29 in Binghamton, New York, recalls one of the earliest US meetings, an informal gathering hosted by Nick and Ailsa Donnelly the weekend of 4 July 1982. That meeting drew 21 participants plus families (a large fraction of the odonatists in North America at the time!), with participants coming from as far away as Florida and Oklahoma. Nannothemis bella (Elfin Skimmer) and Cordulegaster obliqua (Arrowhead Spiketail) were added to the already large Broome County list, and we hope to continue this fine tradition.

The Broome County area (including parts of Chenango and Cortland Counties, and Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania) has a rich odonate fauna, but there are opportunities to find additional species. The Susquehanna River close to Binghamton was the place where Ophiogomphus howei (Pygmy Snaketail) was found in 1967, after having “disappeared” for 43 years following the 1924 find of the original male in Massachusetts and female in Pennsylvania. The river has a rich ode fauna, is easily accessible, and will be one of the main features of the meeting.

One of our prime spots will be Jam Pond, one of the finest bogs in the state. Although having one of the longest lived colonies of Aeshna subarctica (Subarctic Daner) in the United States, it has never yielded any species of Somatochlora, though a few have been seen over the years. Late June will be a prime time to find abundant Enallagma annexum, all intergraded with Enallagma vernale (Vernal Bluet). (However, we will not find A. subarctica, which flies from mid August until late September.)

Another site is Wier’s Pond, in northern Pennsylvania, which is a Nature Conservancy property featuring both Lanthus vernalis (Southern Pygmy Clubtail) and L. parvulus (Northern Pygmy Clubtail), and has apparently stable colonies of Coenagrion resolutum (Taiga Bluet) and Gomphaeschna furcillata (Harlequin Darner). There are numerous additional sites: The Chenango Valley State Park (where Aeshna mutata was recently found), Otselic Bog (another fine kettlehole bog), Geneganslet Creek, where three species of Calopteryx can be found together; Hawkins Pond and Greenwood Park (Broome County Parks) with several species of interest, such as Boyeria grafiana (Oscellated Darner) and Enallagma traviatum (Slender Bluet) (we are in the zone of intergradation between subspecies traviatum and westfalli).

ORGANIZERS: Ailsa and Nick Donnelly and Bryan Pfeiffer
REGISTRATION: You must register by March 1, 2014 in order for organizers to obtain necessary permits. To register send an email to Bryan Pfeiffer (

Lodging options in the Binghamton area, including camping, will be available to registrants.

Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30 – Doin’ the Charleston : Azalea Style

Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30, 2014 are the dates of our next Azalea Society of America convention, Doin’ the Charleston – Azalea Style, in Charleston, South Carolina, hosted by the Reverend John Drayton Chapter of the ASA. The convention hotel is the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston SC 29403, where they have a special $179 rate until March 6 – mention Azalea Society of America when you call for reservations at 1-800-968-3569.

Spend time under stately live oaks hung with Spanish moss, visit the intimate gardens of the old homes and the historic plantations. Gaze at the plethora of azaleas as the Low country seduces you. During your time in Charleston, you’ll visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens (pictured below), Middleton Place, Cypress Gardens, historic downtown Charleston and see many beautiful displays of azaleas.

Lecturers include Tom Johnson, Director of Magnolia Plantation; Ernest Koone from Lazy K Nursery in Pine Mountain,GA, and famed for its native azaleas; Mary Roper, Garden Director at Asticou Azalea Garden in Maine, and Robert “Buddy” Lee, inventor of the Encore Azalea. Registration fee is $85, which includes the opening reception with two drink tickets, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, a great bag of gifts, and the Friday evening meeting. The registration form may be found at

Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 am – Fascinating Fungi of New England

Let Lawrence Millman escort you on a journey into the amazing natural history of over 150 Northeastern fungi species on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 10 am at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Learn how to make spore prints, discover which species are edible and which are poisonous, and find out which mushroom the Vikings ate before their raids. His book Fascinating Fungi of New England will be available for purchase and signing.

This Garden Club of the Back Bay meeting is free for GCBB members, and a $5 contribution is suggested for nonmembers. An optional lunch at a separate cost will follow the meeting. Guess what we’re having for lunch? Members will receive written notice of the event, and nonmembers may email for more information.

Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 pm – Phyto-Predation and Phylogeny of Lepidochrysops Butterflies and Relatives

Yes, you read that right. February’s Cambridge Entomological Club meeting will be held on Tuesday the 11th at 07:30 PM in in room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Dr Marianne Espeland will present a talk entitled From host plants to host ants: phyto-predation and phylogeny of Lepidochrysops butterflies and relatives.

More than 99.99% of the approximately 200,000 described Lepidoptera species are phytophagous. Only around 500 species are aphytophagous and feed mainly on other insects or their secretions. Aphytophagy is most common in the butterfly family Lycaenidae where it has evolved independently several times, but mostly as single species in otherwise phytophagous clades. One exception is the Afrotropical genus Lepidochrysops, with 137 described species, all assumed to be predaceous on ant brood or fed by trophallaxis from the third instar until pupation. Little is known about their life history, the relationships among the five genera in the Euchrysops section, and even less about the relationships among species within Lepidochrysops. Dr Espeland’s aim is to infer a phylogeny of the Euchrysops section and answer questions about the evolution of predation and diversification of the group.

If you can make head or tail of that description, 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.

Friday, February 7, 9:00 am – Garden Writers Association Region 1 Meeting

Garden Writers Association members, Region 1, will meet during New England Grows on Friday, February 7 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Summer Street, receiving complimentary registration for all three days of the trade show. Guest speaker: Kevin Sprague of Studio Two in Lenox, Massachusetts, will speak on Making the Web Work for You. Participation is by pre-registration only. For information about New England Grows, visit their website at For information about GWA, call 806-832-1870, or visit Cost, before January 17, is $40 for GWA members, $55 for nonmembers. After January 17, the price is $50 for GWA members and $65 for nonmembers.

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Rain Gardens to the Rescue

The North Andover Garden Club will meet Tuesday, January 14, from 7 – 9 at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main Street, North Andover, and the featured speaker will be Donna Williams. Donna is a Board Member of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. This is an informational meeting about the MA Rain Garden Campaign to help reduce polluted runoff flowing into our water resources. Gardeners,homeowners, and business owners are invited to learn what they can do on their own property to reduce the stormwater impact to Massachusetts waterways, and how to enhance rainfall, reduce runoff, and save money on your water and sewer bills.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information visit

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