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Tuesday, June 27 – Thursday, June 29 – One Water Summit 2017

Water touches everything we do: it drives our economy, helps communities thrive, and shapes our environment. The challenges facing our water supplies and systems are complex and immense, both in scale and importance. From aging infrastructure, to demographic and economic shifts, political uncertainty, climate change, inequality—water cuts across so many of our country’s most pressing issues. At the One Water Summit 2017, the nation’s brightest minds and most committed leaders come together to discuss solutions that can create a more sustainable water future for all.

Convened by the US Water Alliance, One Water Summit 2017 brings together hundreds of leaders from across the country to network, engage in thought-provoking dialogue, share best practices, set strategic priorities, amplify great ideas, and take actionable ideas back home. One Water Summit 2017 is a unique venue to craft innovative solutions, connect with influential leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and forge the alliances needed to advance sustainable water solutions.

Many thanks to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans for serving as our local host for One Water Summit 2017. New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for a dynamic, solutions-focused conversation about how we view, value, and manage water—now and for future generations. The Conference will be held at the InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, and is $595 for a US Water Alliance Member, $745 for nonmember.

Register today at http://www.cvent.com/events/one-water-summit-2017/event-summary-143e6507ae114e39b572c8c0c1eb1c0c.aspx. You won’t be disappointed.


Wednesday, July 12 – Saturday, July 15 – National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

NCYGS is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. This summer’s event will take place in the Greater Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington area. NCYGS 2017 attendees will have the opportunity to:

Explore topics ranging from curriculum to program management to garden design and maintenance during four dynamic days of educational sessions, field trips, and expert keynote presentations. July 12 will feature optional pre-symposium trips, while July 13-15 will comprise the main body of the symposium.
Experience the vibrant gardening and environmental culture of the green Pacific Northwest. Share ideas, success stories, and inspiration with like-minded colleagues from across the nation. Have questions or need more information? Email education@ahsgardening.org or call 703-768-5700 ext. 140. Website: http://ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/youth-gardening/ncygs/2017-ncygs/overview


Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Sogetsu Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

The Andover Garden Club will meet Tuesday, June 6 at the Andover Country Club, Canterbury Street in Andover, for a general meeting with luncheon and presentation. Presentation and demonstration by Tomoko Tanaka, a Wellesley resident who began her training in her native of Japan. She holds a certificate of Riji, the highest rank of the Sogetsu School. Cost $40, including lunch and speaker. Checks payable to Andover Garden Club due by May 24, 2017. Mail to Sandy Clevesy, 165 Hidden Road, Andover, MA 01810.  Guests are welcome for coffee and general meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Sandy at sclevesy@gmail.com.


Wednesday, June 28 – Sunday, July 2 – 70th Annual International Lily Show & Symposium

The North American Lily Society will hold the 70th Annual International Lily Show & Symposium beginning Wednesday, June 28 at noon and running through Sunday, July 2 at 3 pm at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri.  Featured events will include Dr. Wilbert Ronald on A Passion for Lilies, a Judges symposium with Kathy Anderson and Warren Summers, a Species Lily Preservation meeting, a tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery, Jan Riggenbach’s lecture Landscaping with Lilies: Complementary Companions, Judith Freeman on Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed … Something Blue?, a tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the keynote address by Dr. Peter Zale on Lily Species Around the World and in Cultivation.  There will be auctions, pollen swaps, demonstrations, and much more.  For Registration and complete information visit http://nals2017.lilies.org/events.html#wed


Wednesday, June 7 – The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. Annual Meeting

President Betty Sanders and The Board of Directors are planning for the 89th Annual Meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., to be held
June 7, 2017 at The Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, Massachusetts. All registration information may be found at http://www.gcfm.org/Meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx


Monday, May 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods

A green forum on Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods will take place Monday, May 1 beginning at 6:30 pm at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street in Back Bay.  Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Green Committee, Mothers Out Front: Downtown, and the Ellis Neighborhood Association, the event will feature great speakers with a brief question and answer period, a fun “artistic” interlude to capitalize on the setting at The Lyric Stage, and an opportunity to engage with many advocacy groups taking action on clean energy initiatives.  Free, but tickets must be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-forum-supporting-clean-energy-healthy-neighborhoods-tickets-32991323938


Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 pm – Esplanade Association’s 16th Annual Meeting

The Esplanade Association will be hosting their 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 2nd at the Algonquin Club in Boston. The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the organization will share what they have accomplished over the past year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and what they have planned for 2017 as they continue their mission to make life better on the Charles River Esplanade.

The evening will also feature guest speaker, John Alschuler, Chairman at HR&A Advisors, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary firm focused on increasing the vitality of urban life. Also, Mr. Alschuler is Emeritus Chair of the Friends of the High Line. Since founding the New York office of HR&A in 1984, he has developed bold plans that have reshaped waterfronts, downtown districts and neighborhoods. Specifically, in Boston, HR&A is the lead consultant for Imagine Boston 2030 and is playing an influential role in the Barr Foundation’s work on Boston’s Harbor. As a part of the Annual Meeting, Mr. Alschuler will speak about the significant relationship between parks and city life, as well as public-private partnerships, which is a topic that is very relevant to the Esplanade Association.

The meeting will be from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Algonquin Club located at 217 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. For those interested in attending please RSVP to afischer@esplanadeassociation.org as space is limited. For more information visit esplanadeassociation.org.


Monday, May 8, 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 will take place Monday, May 8 at 5:00 pm at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  We will welcome Tom McNichol from the Charles River Clean Up Boat, a GCBB grant recipient, who will give a short talk on the work of his organization, and following the business meeting where we will vote on grants and select new officers for 2017/2018, there will be a reception.  Members will receive written notice, but if you are not a member and wish to attend please email info@gardenclubbackbay.org before May 5.  Image courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.


Wednesday, June 21 – Saturday, June 24 – 2017 AHS National Convention

The Tidewater Daylily Society would like to invite you to the 2017 American Hemerocallis Society National Convention at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. The 2017 Garden Tours are divided between East Side and West Side Tidewater. Visitors will visit either the East or the West on the first day and the other on the second day. Some of the gardens were established more than 30 years ago and others established as recently as 5 years ago. They all have stunning plants. At the Clinics and Workshops you learn everything you need to know about daylilies. AHS offers two types of daylily judges. Those that judge plants as they grow in the garden are called Garden Judges. Those that judge daylilies at accredited daylily shows are called Exhibition Judges. There will be an opportunity to take one or more of five clinics or workshops. Of course there will be boutiques, raffles, and plentiful retail opportunities. To register, and for complete information, visit http://www.ahs2017convention.org/index.html

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Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 pm – Chemical Ecology and Behavior of the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle

Emerald Ash borer (EAB) Agrilus planipennis and the Asian longhorned Beetle (ALB) Anoplophora glabripennis, are considered to be two of the most serious invasive pests of deciduous trees in North America. Efficient monitoring traps are needed to detect and delimit new introductions and assess population densities of established infestations. Development of a monitoring trap for these pests are hindered by their complex sequence of mating behaviors.

EAB and ALB mating involves host kairomones, male produced short range pheromones, female produced short range pheromones, female produced trail and cuticular contact pheromones, along with important visual cues. A Tuesday, April 11 Cambridge Entomological Club presentation by Dr. Damon Crook of the USDA will discuss the complex chemical ecology of these insects and show what electrophysiological and behavioral research is currently being done at the Otis USDA laboratory with regards to identifying and testing new potential attractants and traps.

The lecture will take place at Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, MCA 101 in Cambridge. Parking permits are available: see www.entclub.org for details. Free and open to the public.