The Annual Meeting of The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America will take place Wednesday, October 29, at The Country Club, Clyde Street, Brookline, beginning with coffee and registration at 10:00 am, and the business meeting at 10:30 am, followed by a keynote speech by Peter Del Tredici on Nature in the City and Stewarding Our Native Ecology. Dr. Del Tredici is Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
“My research interests are wide ranging and mainly involve the interaction between woody plants and their environment. Over the course of thirty plus years at the Arnold Arboretum, I have worked with a number of plants, most notably Ginkgo biloba, conifers in the genera Tsuga and Sequoia, various magnolias, and several Stewartia species (family Theaceae). In all of my work, I attempt to integrate various aspects of the botany and ecology of a given species with the horticultural issues surrounding its propagation and cultivation. This fusion of science and practice has also formed the basis of my teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (since 1992), especially as it relates to understanding the impacts of climate change and urbanization on plants in both native and designed landscapes. Most recently, the focus of my research has expanded to the subject of spontaneous urban vegetation which resulted in the publication of Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell University Press, 2010).”
The program is open to members of the Garden Clubs which comprise The Boston Committee (www.bostoncommittee.org) who will receive written invitations with information on attendance fees. If you are not a member, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Image from www.peterdeltredici.com.
Bring your lunch and join the Friends of the Wellesley College Botanic Garden for a weekly discussion of short stories and poetry featuring plants, October 17 – November 14, from 12:15 – 2, with experienced group leader Joan Parrish. Joan is a WCBG docent with a master’s degree in adult education. Each week read one assigned short story and one poem for discussion. A variety of gardens provide inspiration for works by authors including Eudora Welty, Garrison Keeler, and Jane Smiley. The story and poem for the first session can be picked up at the WCBG Friends office, or email email@example.com. WCBG members free, non-members $25.
Join Wellesley College faculty, alumnae, students, and Wellesley College Botanic Garden Friends for the second annual Project Handprint Symposium, exploring foor and water through lenses of environmental sustainability and justice, on Saturday, November 1, from 10 – 4 in the Tishman Commons, LuLu Chow Wang Campus Center. Keynote talks with Q & A, small group facilitated discussions, posters on current projects, tours of the Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden, and a panel discussion round out the day. $20 registration includes lunch. Additional donations enable students to attend free of charge. Please call 781-283-3094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20 to register.
Restoring the Beauty and Function of Residential Landscapes is the title of this year’s Ecological Landscaping Alliance Season’s End Summit, to be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
$85.00 ELA Member – $110 Non-Member, including Lunch and Networking with Colleagues
Space is limited – Register today! – See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/11509/#sthash.Gtq3gges.dpuf
Featuring leading landscape experts who will share their expertise and landscape restoration projects that demonstrate:
Reestablishing healthy soil and healthy plant communities
Addressing diminished garden performance
Restoring ecological function and landscape aesthetics
The morning presentations will feature case studies representing the beautiful as well as practical aspects of restoration. The afternoon will include a panel discussion on invasive plant control, a tour of the Crane Estate restoration project, and an inspiring wrap-up presentation.
This educational event will give landscape professionals an opportunity to gather at the end of the season to review and reflect on the season; learn from respected industry leaders; network with other like-minded professionals; and get inspired for the next year – all around the topic of restoration.
The 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland Hotel, January 6-10, 2015. As always, this conference promises to bring you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry and the latest products and services offered by our many exhibitors and sponsors.
The 2015 ABF Conference will feature
Vendor tradeshow with the latest and greatest products and services in the beekeeping industry
Top-notch general session presentations on Wednesday morning and Thursday
Two keynote presentations featuring Graham White from Scotland, UK (on Wednesday) and Mark Winston from Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue (on Friday)
Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings on Wednesday afternoon followed by the welcome reception with entertainment in the tradeshow
Track session on Friday morning for Beginning Beekeepers, Serious Sideliners, Commercial Beekeepers and Research presentations
ABF Business Meeting on Friday afternoon
20+ workshops on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2015 Honey Show
Various silent and live auctions benefiting the ABF legislative fund and the American Honey Queen program
Optional Activities to include
Auxiliary Meeting on Thursday morning
Social activity on Thursday afternoon/evening
Foundation luncheon on Friday
ABF Annual banquet on Saturday evening with the coronation of the 2015 American Honey Queen and Honey Princess
For complete details visit www.nabeekeepingconference.com.
The New England Botanical Club (NEBC), founded in 1895, is a non-profit organization that promotes the study of plants of North America, especially the flora of New England and adjacent areas. The Club publishes the journal Rhodora, holds monthly meetings during the academic year (usually at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts), maintains an herbarium of more than 253,000 sheets, has a small library, and annually grants a graduate student research award and Fernald publication award.
The New England Botanical Club will hold its October meeting beginning at 6:45 on Friday, October 3 in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, found inside the door to the Harvard Museum of Natural History entrance at 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. The speaker will be Dr. David S. Barrington, Professor of Plant Biology, Director of the Pringle Herbarium at University of Vermont, speaking on A Biogreographic Perspective on the Fern Genus Polystichum. The meeting is open to the public. For more information you may email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-723-8144. Your membership can be renewed at this event. Motor Mart Garage is lead sponsor for this reception.
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 email@example.com to register. A suggested $5 contribution is requested for non-members.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com by May 13.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.