Please join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on Thursday, March 26 at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street in Beacon Hill, for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Lecture, featuring Dr. Carolyn Finney speaking on Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces and Stories of Possibility.
Dr. Finney will explore the relationship of African Americans to the environment and to the environmental movement. Drawing on “green” conversations with black people from around the country, Dr. Finney considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond. Dr. Finney’s love of environment was inspired by a backpacking trip around the world and numerous years living in Nepal. She is an assistant professor in environmental science, policy and management at the University of California Berkeley, and a member of the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board. As such, she works with the National Park Service to respond to America’s changing demographics and diversify the ranks of visitors and employees.
The Annual Meeting begins at 5:30, followed by a reception at 6 and lecture at 6:45. The evening concludes with book signing and dessert. There is no cost for this event but space is limited, Pre-register by calling 617-522-2700, or sign up on line at https://25749.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=300&erid=526776&trid=1f1d5801-d8e9-44bb-bee6-b82e767de6f9.
For 20 years, Wellfleet Bay has organized this full day conference featuring presenters from environmental organizations across Cape Cod, speaking on a diversity of natural history topics. This Saturday, March 14 conference, from 8:30 – 3, continues to be an engaging, exciting, and fun way to learn about local research projects, conservation efforts, and local environmental organizations. Please join us for our 20th annual event. This event is held at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Art Center. Detailed schedule of presentations may be found at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/news-events/20th-annual-cape-cod-natural-history-conference. Bring a brown bag lunch, and to help cut down on waste bring a mug for coffee. Coffee and refreshments are provided. Walk-in registration is $25. Image from Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s March meeting will be a field trip to the Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street in Boston. We will be joined by Executive Director Marcis Kempe and architectural historian Dennis DeWitt at the Waterworks Museum, who will discuss Boston’s first water safety laboratory, the landscaping of Boston, and other technological aspects of the creation of Boston’s excellent water system. Car pool notices will be sent to Garden Club of the Back Bay members. Non club members who are interested in joining us at the Museum should email email@example.com.
HYDRANGEAS, HYDRANGEAS, HYDRANGEAS! The species, cultivars, newest introductions, breeding innovations, cultural issues, and tours of significant private Cape Cod gardens will be part of an International Conference to take place July 14 – 16 at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Plus, there will be on-site displays by major hydrangea suppliers, and plant sales stalls by local nurseries featuring hundreds of hydrangeas- all presented and available over three days in the cradle of the genus – Cape Cod.
Heritage is widely known for rhododendrons, but it also features a growing collection of hydrangeas. In concert with the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, Heritage is the repository of the Society’s Hydrangea Collection and has continued to expand hydrangea plantings throughout the property.
Lectures will be held each morning with garden tours in the afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday tours will feature significant private gardens on the Cape. Keynote Speaker for the conference is Dr. Michael Dirr, who will give a talk on The History of Hydrangeas – Earliest Introductions to Current Developments on Tuesday morning. A host of prominent speakers will present on Tuesday and Wednesday – full details may be found on the website noted below. Thursday will be a full Heritage Day dedicated to tours of all garden areas including the Hydrangea Collection. Thursday evening will feature the Conference banquet followed by an Ice Cream Social and a Question & Answer Forum to conclude the event.
Cape Cod is a historical treasure trove, a place of incomparable natural beauty, with a maritime climate befitting Hydrangea macrophylla – the crown jewel of the genus – at their blooming peak in July.
Full registration now through March 31 is $550. One day registration for July 14 or July 15 only is $250. Register online, and complete information, may be found at http://www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/hydrangeas2015/.
The 1,100th Meeting (yes, you read that correctly) of The New England Botanical Club will take place Friday, March 6, beginning at 6:45 in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge, celebrating students. The speaker will be Tomas Zaveda of UMass Boston, delivering a paper on Case Studies in Domestication and Biological Invasions in Genera Cichorium and Centaurea (Asteraceae.) Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.rhodora.org.
February’s meeting of the Cambridge Entomological Society will be held Tuesday the 10th at 07:30 PM in room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge. Dr. Tanya Renner is visiting from the University of Arizona and will tell us about Genomic Insights into Multi-species Interactions: Molecular Evolution, Form, and Function.
From carnivorous plant enzymes that digest insect prey, to bombardier beetles (below) that have obligate associations with ants and spray defensive compounds up to 100 degrees C, evolution has played an integral role in the co-option of preexisting genes, driving the emergence of new functions that define the traits we see today. We will explore these processes in the context of natural history, examining the evolution of a plant lineage’s ability to digest insect exoskeletons, the chemosensory system in paussine ant nest beetles, and emerging data on the enzyme precursors that are responsible for the bombardier beetle’s explosive blast.
Dr. Renner describes her research: “The goal of my research is to examine the patterns and processes of evolution and functional diversification at the molecular level. I am particularly interested in how multi-species interactions shape biodiversity at the microevolutionary scale and influence form and function.” You can find her lab at San Diego State University at http://www.tanyarenner.org/
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 Cambridge Common.
Planting in layers allows gardeners to take full advantage of their space and include a diversity of plants that provide beauty and benefit wildlife. The Colonial Williamsburg 69th Garden Symposium, co-sponsored with the American Horticultural Society Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12, includes presentations by Rick Darke and Douglas W. Tallamy, authors of The Living Landscape, and two of the most important voices in sustainability and horticulture. For full information on fees, lodging, and transportation, visit www.history.org/conted, or call 1-800-603-0948.
Wildlands firefighters, natural resource managers, land trusts, municipal conservation agents and other conservation-minded people in southeastern Massachusetts are encouraged to register for the 2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum to be held February 5 – 6, 2015 in Mashpee and Buzzards Bay. Learn how fire, tree harvest, and other habitat management activities benefit wildlife of all kinds, including some species that have been dwindling in numbers. This forum will build on the conservation initiatives prioritized by the participants of the first Regional Forum held in 2014, furthering the development of a Regional Conservation Partnership. On February 5, in Mashpee at the Wampanoag Tribal Offices, the focus will be on Fire Science and Land Management and include field trips to properties where various habitat management activities such as prescribed burning and tree harvest activities have been conducted. On February 6, at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay there will be presentations and breakout sessions on restoration projects, exploring partnerships in the Pine Barrens ecoregion, and reviewing the fire science field trip. The forum is sponsored by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, Southeastern Pine Barrens Alliance, MassWildlife, MassAudubon, and the Forest Guild Northeast Region. To register for the forum and for more information about the Regional Conservation Partnership, view the Forum Registration and Agenda at http://pinebarrensalliance.givezooks.com/events/se-mass-regional-conservation-forum.
Urban farming is taking off in some of the most densely populated places around Greater Boston in interesting, unexpected ways. Learn about the ever-changing landscape of growing technologies that is making this possible and how to apply these techniques at home or in your community. Jessie Banhazl, CEO and founder of Green City Growers, will join The Garden Club of the Back Bay at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, on Wednesday, February 11 at 10 am for this informative talk. Green City Growers are experienced and passionate organic urban farmers who specialize in year-round raised bed urban farms for yards, rooftops, decks, and unused lots. They maintain production-level urban farms for hotels, grocers, and restaurants, and pioneer farming education programs for businesses, municipalities, homeowners and schools. Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notice of this meeting. If you are not a member but are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Norwood Evening Garden Club presents a Panel Discussion about Water Features and Fountains on Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 6:45 pm at the First Baptist Church Parish House, 71 Bond Street in Norwood. $5 donation – public is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Nancy Costa at 781-248-4038 or visit http://www.norwoodeveninggardenclub.org. Image from www.bonicklandscaping.com.
The February meeting of the New England Botanical Club will be held Friday, February 6, beginning at 6:45 in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge. The speaker will be Dr. Patricia Swain, Natural Community Ecologist, Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program in Westborough, Massachusetts. Her topic is Revising the Classification of Natural Communities in Massachusetts. The meeting is open to the public. For more information visit www.rhodora.org.
The garden can be a magical place….even in winter! The richly illustrated lecture sponsored by the Millis Garden Club at the Millis Public Library, Main Street, Millis, on Wednesday, January 21 beginning at 6:30 provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs & perennials and grouping them to create arresting vignettes. The presenter is Joan Butler. Image from http://www.theinspiredgarden.wordpress.com.
For all interested in engaging children in nature-based and experiential learning, Mount Grace invites you to a local environmental education network event on Saturday, January 24, from 9:30 – noon at the Mount Grace office, Skyfields Arboretum, 1461 Old Keene Road in Athol. This is a forum for sharing successes and challenges, discussing curriculum development needs, brainstorming topics for future workshops, and talking about subject matter with the experts. There will also be a winter lesson demonstration. Opportunities to volunteer with Mount Grace as curriculum consultants or outdoor lesson chaperones are also available. Coffee and snacks will be served. RSVP to Martine at email@example.com, or to David Kotker at 978-248-2055, x 19.
The January meeting of the Cambridge Entomological Club will take place Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30 pm in Room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge. The speaker will be Noah Wilson-Rich, the founder of The Best Bees Company and author of The Bee: A Natural History. The meeting is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided, and you are welcome to join the group at 6 pm for an informal pre-meeting dinner at Cambridge Common. For more information email Shayla Salzman at shaylasalzman@FAS.harvard.edu.
AVSA’s 69th consecutive convention and show will be held May 24 – May 31, 2015, at the Holiday Inn KCI Airrport Hotel. This year’s show is entitled Violets Love Jazz, Blues and Barbecue. The Missouri African Violet Council will be hosting this convention. There are 9 States in the Council so this will be a well planned event. The Convention Facilities of the adjacent KCI Expo Center will be used for the African Violet Show, Sales and Convention. The Expo Center is huge and connected to the hotel via a covered walkway. It will be a treat to have everything all in one location in the building.
Come join us to see our African violet show consisting of many different varieties and colors. There will be an AVSA commercial vendor salesroom with vendors from different parts of the country. During the week, seminars covering all aspects of growing and showing African violets will be held. Make your plans now to be there.
A variety of scheduled tours will take place during convention week. For complete information visit http://www.avsa.org/conventions-2015.
With the growth of new technologies for permeable pavement, sustainably-sourced materials, and energy-efficient lighting, today’s landscape professional faces new opportunities and new challenges. Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) for this symposium on Wednesday, January 21 from 8 – 5 to explore ecological approaches to the design and construction of hardscapes. Participants in this symposium will learn how to select new and traditional materials and how to bring them together to create durable and beautiful high-performance landscapes.
Through case studies and panel discussions, the symposium will address:
How to select materials and products based on their environmental impacts across their full life-cycle.
How to incorporate new and established permeable pavements in the design, construction, and maintenance of landscapes.
How to use sustainably-sourced and recycled materials in the landscape.
How to use new energy-efficient light sources in the landscape.
How to combine sustainable technologies in an integrated design.
Presentation and panel topics include:
The “life-cycle” perspective on materials.
Permeable pavements and driveable turf — materials, application, and maintenance in New England.
Salvaged and recycled materials.
Lighting options and energy use.
The keynote presentation will feature Jesse Harris, ASLA, landscape architect at BSC Group and the project management point person throughout the Oyster Shell Park construction process in 2011 and 2012. Located along the highly visible area of the Norwalk River waterfront, Oyster Shell Park (below) is one of the Pilot Projects for the SITES Initiative. This new park is a reclaimed landfill with notable elements that include: the use of renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic cells and wind power, shoreline and habitat restoration featuring native plants to enhance wildlife value, and utilization of recycled materials such as glass pavers for path construction. The project also incorporates bio-filtration of runoff for improved water quality. These design elements demonstrate the environmental and economic value of sustainable design practices while improving recreational value to the community. The event takes place at Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, Massachusetts. See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/building-the-ecological-landscape-materials-technology-and-design/#sthash.zE5xJuaY.dpuf.
Urban tree professionals, tree wardens, persons working in the tree-care industry and anyone interested in learning more about the urban forest are invited to attend Trees in the Urban Landscape Symposium, to be held Thursday, November 20, from 9 – 3:15 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston. $35 fee, with an additional $14 if you wish to reserve a box lunch. Sponsored by Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, Bank of America, Trustee. For more information, or to reserve, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
The November meeting of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society will be held Saturday, November 8 at 12:30 pm at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. John Lombardi will speak on Preparing Plants for Dormancy, and there will, in addition, be a talk on Propogating Cephalotus Follicularis (pictured, courtesy of www.collectorscorner.com.au) by Jeff Matteson. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.necps.org.
You are cordially invited to Earthwatch Summit 2014, a Citizens for Science Exposition, on Saturday, November 8, from 9 – 4 at the Harvard Science Center in Cambridge. Although the registration deadline has passed, please contact Nicole Barry at 978-450-1235 if you wish to attend. The event is sponsored by the Earthwatch Institute. This FREE event is a great opportunity to learn about meaningful research from scientists around the world, including Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, Dr. William Moomaw, Chief Science Officer of the Earthwatch Institute, Dr. Richard Primack, Boston University biologist and author of Walden Warming, and Dr. Meg Lowman, Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. You will also learn how citizen science research directly influences wildlife, the environment, and community members. At the Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the world’s brightest scientists.
The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s November meeting will take place Wednesday, November 19, beginning at 10 am at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Continuing our exploration of Technology in the Garden, we welcome Sarah Roche who will speak on Tablet Tech for Gardeners. Sarah Roche teaches a variety of courses for all abilities throughout the year, focusing on botanical drawing and painting in watercolor. She currently teaches at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset MA, at the Copley Society in Boston and at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens for the Friends of Horticulture, where she is Education Director for the Certificate program in Botanical Art and Illustration . She will demonstrate how the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool in the garden – feel free to bring your tablet with you to this meeting. Open to the public but reservations are essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Garden Club members will receive written notification of the event. One of Sarah’s beautiful watercolors is shown below, courtesy of the Copley Society.