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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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.
Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd will create six floral designs, both formal and informal, for fall and winter holidays. Table settings with linens, dishes, glasses and napkins will accompany the arrangements and reflect the desired celebration. This Needham Garden Club program will take place Tuesday, November 18, from 10 – 11:30. If you wish to attend, and for information on the venue, contact: Bonnie Waters, Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Image from www.familyholiday.net.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or call 617-723-8144. Your membership can be renewed at this event. Motor Mart Garage is lead sponsor for this reception.