Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Rising Tides in the Back Bay

The Green Committee of The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay will sponsor a NABB Neighborhood Forum on Wednesday, March 19, beginning at 6:30 pm at the French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough Street, entitled Rising Tides in the Back Bay: Increasing Resiliency and Preparedness Post “Sandy.” Presenting speakers are Nancy Girard, Commissioner, Environment Department of the City of Boston, Vivien Li, President, Boston Harbor Association, Peter Papesch, Boston Society of Architects, Sustainability Education Committee, and Bud Ris, President and CEO of the New England Aquarium.  To register for this free event, contact the NABB office at 617-247-3961. Image from

Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 pm – Food of the Future: Insects!

The March meeting of the Cambridge Entomological Club will be held Tuesday, March 11 in room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. Laura D’Asaro and Rose Wang will present a talk about the Food of the Future: Insects!

Laura D’Asaro and Rose Wang are 2013 Harvard College graduates and co-founders at Six Foods. Six Foods makes delicious foods from insects, a healthier and more sustainable protein source. They will talk about the state of entomophagy in the world and how introducing insects into the Western diet can help solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

They will also bring some of their insect foods for us to sample. Bug Appétit! Visit their website at for more information.

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 (non-entomophagous) pre-meeting dinner at the Cambridge Common.

Noanett “Gold”

Noanett Garden Club invites you to participate in their annual sale of Noanett “Gold”.

Noanett has become well known for its wonderful bright red bags of organic manure that come from a dairy farm in Western Massachusetts. When you purchase the bags, you support the Noanett Garden Club and you also support the farm. If you want to “buy local”, Noanett Gold is the way to go! And since many of you and your fellow gardeners have ordered before, you know how good this stuff is. The 40lb bags are only $7.50 each – the same as last year.

Bags available for Honor System Pick-up beginning Friday, April 18th. Please pick up your order by April 27th! Help will be available to load cars on Saturday, April 19th from 10am–12pm at the pickup location, 74 Farm Street in Dover.

Please send orders and PREPAYMENT to:
c/o Elaine Fiske
74 Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030

Orders MUST be RECEIVED and PREPAID by April 10th. Late orders will be accommodated on an as-available basis. Just a reminder: they do not offer delivery. For questions, please call Lin Murray, 508-785-9876 or e-mail  For product information see

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Art of Science in New England, 1700 – 1920

The 2014 Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium on Saturday, March 15, from 9 – 4, will explore visual representations of scientific inquiry produced, collected, distributed or otherwise circulating in New England from the start of the 18th century to the first decades of the 20th century.  Scholars from a wide range of disciplines will address a variety of topics from the use of anatomical and biological models in scientific pedagogy to the impact of mechanical inventions for enhancing vision on artistic and scientific practice.  Presenters include Daria D’Arienzo, Archival Consultant, Nancy Siegel, Associate Professor of History, Towson University, Ellery Foutch, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Adam M. Thomas, Ph.D. Candidate, Art History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Lita Tirak, Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies, The College of William and Mary, Peter Benes, Co-Founder, Director, and Editor of the Dubin Seminar for New England Folklife, Naomi Slipp, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, Catherine Newman Howe, Research Associate, Department of Art, Williams College, and Kathleen M. Raley-Susman, Professor of Biology and Jacob P. Giroud, Jr. Chair of Natural History, Vassar College.

The Symposium will take place in the Collins Cinema, Davis Museum at Wellesley College.  Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  For further information call 781-283-2043.  Sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College, the Office of Academic Programs at Historic Deerfield, and the Barra Foundation.

Accompanying the Symposium is the Davis Museum exhibit “The Art of Science: Object Lessons at Wellesley College, 1870 – 1940,” in the Robert and Claire Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove, on view through June 22, 2014.

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 15, 5:30 pm – Delicious Molds and Mushrooms

Join Formaggio Kitchen’s two favorite fungus gurus for a tour through the microbial world of cheese and mushrooms on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 5:30 at the Formaggio Kitchen Annex, 67 Smith Place in Cambridge. Veronica Pedraza, cheesemaker at Meadowood Farms and avid forager, and Benjamin Wolfe, a microbiologist and mycologist at Harvard University specializing in the microbiology of fermented foods, will help you discover a whole new world of fungal treats.  $55. To purchase a spot, register online at, or call 617-354-4750. Please have your credit card number ready. If you have any questions, please email

Friday, March 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge

Spend an evening with Frances Moore Lappé on Friday, March 14, from 7 – 9 at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street in Concord, when she discusses Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge, Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want. Frances Moore Lappé is the author of the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work, Eco-Mind, released by Nation Books in September 2013, is the winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She brings her capacity for brilliant and original thinking to address the question of how best to approach the climate crisis.

In her Concord appearance on March 14, she will assure us “that solutions to global crises are right in front of our noses, and our real challenge is to free ourselves from self-defeating thought traps that keep us from bringing these solutions to life.”

In keeping with her upbeat message, the event will open with the lively music of local singer-guitarist, Tom Yates. There will be a book signing and reception at the conclusion of her remarks. Details: Go to The “Climate Solutions” speaker series is remarkable because it is co-sponsored by six different local organizations, joining their voices in a call for large scale, effective action on climate change. What all of these organizations and groups have in common is a deep concern about what is happening to our planet —and they are providing funds, as well as ideas and support to this speaker series.

Scientists describe a natural world in turmoil later this century if we do not take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. Gardeners and farmers see the change in blossoming time, and the impact of extreme temperatures on plants, insects and animals.

Saturday, March 8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, March 9, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Needham’s Art in Bloom

Now in it’s 6th year, award winning Needham’s Art in Bloom will return by popular demand to the Needham Public Library on Saturday, March 8nd from 9am – 5pm and on Sunday, March 9rd from 1pm – 4pm. There will be 45+ pieces of art, mixed mediums, by talented Needham High School students and creative colorful floral interpretations accompanying each piece of artwork by members of the Beth Shalom Garden Club. The Needham High School Fine Arts Department and Beth Shalom Garden Club have collaboratively organized this exhibit since its 2009 inception. Free admission. For more information visit:

Thursday, March 13, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Seed Starting Indoors

Get a jump on the season by starting your plants from seeds—it’s cheaper than buying transplants, offers a much broader variety of plants, and can be quite addictive. On Thursday, March 13, beginning at 7 pm at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Gretel Anspach will discuss seed choices, what to start and when to start it as well as growing methods including windowsill versus grow light gardening. Whether you are interested in annuals, perennials, edibles, or even shrubs and trees, this lecture will give you the information you need to go from starting a seed to planting in the ground.

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Lifetime Master Gardener, past-president of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association and a systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel is also a member of the Garden to Table committee at Mass Hort and helped to establish and maintain a food production garden at Raytheon that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for five years.

Lecture Fee $10 Massachusetts Horticultural Society members; $15 non-members. Sign up at, or call 617-933-4973.

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party

The Boston Flower & Garden Show and its producer, Paragon Group, are proud to partner with the Genesis Foundation for Children and radio station MIX 104.1 to kick off the show with a festive fundraiser on Tuesday evening, March 11, from 7 – 9:30 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. All proceeds will benefit the Genesis Foundation. Mix and mingle while getting the first glimpse of the landscapes and floral designs the night before it kicks off. Light refreshments and beverages will be served, and the party will feature Karson & Kennedy from MIX 104.1. For tickets ($100 per person) visit

The Genesis Foundation supports innovative clinical care, life enrichment and educational programs that care for children with complex genetic disorders so that they can overcome adversity.

Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 pm – Eagle One: Raising Bald Eagles

The Athol Bird & Nature Club will present Dianne Benson Davis, author of Eagle One:Raising Bald EaglesA Wildlife Memoir, on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm at the Miller’s River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.   Dianne spent four months living alone as the caretaker for eight baby bald eagles in the remote Quabbin Reservoir area of Massachusetts as part of an ambitious and successful effort to reintroduce the endangered bald eagle to the skies of New England. Eagle One is the record of her time with the eagles, based on the letters and journals she kept there. It is the story of a woman’s life devoted to the care of wildlife: her nearly twenty year relationship with a red-tailed hawk, her experiences caring for a baby polar bear, tagging loggerhead sea turtles, and working with countless animals at the Tufts University Wildlife Clinic and the EcoTarium. It is also a personal memoir; the story of perseverance and struggle as a single mother, the joys of learning and teaching about wildlife, and of finding happiness and fulfillment in work and family. Free and open to all.

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, 6:00 pm – Bird Lover’s Event

On Saturday at 6:00 Russell’s Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road in Wayland, there will be a free Powerpoint presentation by renowned avian photographer Geoff Dennis, whose work appears in many bird publications. He’ll show his fabulous photos taken from his own yard and share his techniques for photographing birds. Geoff will talk about why his yard is bird-friendly and suggest ways for you to achieve the same effect at your home.

Russell’s is also pleased that Harlan Hyde from Aspen Song Wild Bird Food, who is an expert on wild bird feeding, will be there. After the presentation, both Harlan and Geoff will be available to answer your backyard birding questions.

There is a Photo Contest associated with this event, with a submission deadline of March 3. Guidelines:

Must be an original photo of wild bird(s) taken by the entrant and entrant must own all rights and title to the photograph.
Please include details of when and where the photo was taken.
Photo submissions may be dropped off at Russell’s, mailed to Russell’s or emailed to Marie Winter at by March 3, 2014. Be sure to include your name, address and contact info.

By submitting your photo to this contest, you agree that Russell’s Garden Center may display a copy of your photo in the store through March 22, 2014.  Geoff Dennis from Geoff Dennis Photos in Little Compton, RI will judge all photos to determine the winner.  Winner will be notified by March 15, 2014.

Sunday, March 9, 2:00 pm – Echoes of Their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

The passenger pigeon once ruled the skies of North America, numbering in the billions and comprising upwards of 25% of the region’s bird population in the mid-1800s. By 1914, however, the species was extinct—a downfall hastened by America’s growing hunger for land development and hunting.  Author and naturalist Joel Greenberg will discuss how the passenger pigeon’s extinction may inform today’s conservation decisions. The author talk and book signing will take place on Sunday, March 9, beginning at 2 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge. Regular museum admission rates apply.

Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Principles of Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Webinar

In the Ecological Landscaping Association presentation to be held on line on Wednesday, March 12 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Tim Downey, owner of Aesthetic Landscape Care Inc, will discuss with attendees a practice he’s pioneered called mulch mowing for all seasons. With particular emphasis on the autumn leaf challenge, aka “leaf cleanup.” This is an old approach, with newer technology which not only makes this practice good for the environment, but ridiculously profitable for businesses, and affords cost controls, saving clients money and more.

The presentation will quickly look into the evolution on how this practice came about, its benefits to the environment, benefits to communities/municipalities, and finally a detailed explanation on how to get started with your own business, making you a leader in your area while realizing greater profits and fewer aches and pains.

There be plenty in the presentation for Q & A, and Tim will be available after the Go To Meeting time limit ends for e-mails and phone calls to answer individual question and provide clarification where needed.

Tim’s Bio:

Tim Downey, a landscape contractor responsible for landscape design, installations and maintenance, has been serving clients in the Westchester County NY area since 1983. An ardent environmentalist, Tim has worked to evolve his business to work more closely with nature’s principles, attempting to keep the Hippocratic Oath, “First, do no harm” as his mainstay. Tim is the pioneer largely responsible for the revived practice of mulch mowing, becoming part of a growing trend in Westchester and beyond. In this presentation, he’ll look at using mulching mowing through out the year, with particular emphasis on “fall cleanup” and leaves.  The webinar is free, but you must register in advance at Image from

Saturday, March 8, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Ladies of the House – Otis House Tour

Otis House, owned by Historic New England and located at 141 Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill, is rich with stories of remarkable women, from a wealthy politician’s wife and mother in the late eighteenth century, to an entrepreneur and holistic physician in the 1830s, to four sisters who ran a Victorian boarding house.  On this tour, taking place Saturday, March 8 from 11 – 12:30, discover these stories and relevant social history of women’s lives in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  A Mercy Otis Warren doll is pictured below.

$15 fee. Registration is required. Sign up by calling 617-994-5920, or email

Saturday, March 22, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm – Ikenobo Ikebana Workshop

The Ikenobo Ikebana Chapter of Boston invites you to experience the Art of Japanese Flower Arranging in a one-day, hands-on workshop on Saturday, March 22, from 9:30 – 3 at Whitcomb Hall, First Parish Church, 50 Church Street, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Learn about Ikenobo, an Ikebana school grounded in a finely developed aesthetic sensitivity born of the beauty of Japan’s natural environment. Ikenobo is unique to Japan, with its awareness that beauty lies not only in a flower in full bloom but in leaves, branches and grasses without flowers. This aesthetic began in 15th century Japan with the development of the Ikenobo school of flower arranging. Ikenobo arrangements extend from fixed form designs developed over centuries, to modern, contemporary styles that break with the original traditions but still retain an emphasis on good design: linear perfection, color harmony, space and form. This workshop will serve as an introduction to Ikenobo for beginner and advanced floral designers. You will make two arrangements that show the core rules of Ikenobo and how those rules have and can be adapted to contemporary designs.

The morning lesson, Shoka Shofutai, will be taught by Mimi Santini-Ritt. Bring Shoka container, kenzan (pinholder), small pebbles or aquarium gravel to fill container, scissors, cloth for under scissors, bucket to hold flowers, and brown paper bag for trash. The Chapter will provide the floral materials. The afternoon session, Shoka Shimputai, will be led by Kathy Marble. Bring a Shoka container, another kenzan if possible, small pebbles or aquarium gravel to fill container, cloth for under scissors, and bucket. Best not to dismantle the first arrangement in order to create the second. Again, the Chapter will provide materials, but feel free to bring a special stem or two of your own. Arrangements will be corrected by the teachers. The cost is $40 for the day – coffee and tea will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Reservations must be made no later than March 10 by sending a $40 check payable to IKENOBO IKEBANA SOCIETY OF BOSTON to Mimi Santini-Ritt, 92 Grant Avenue, Newton, MA 02459. Include your name and telephone number and reference the March 22 workshop. Flower material will be provided only for those who send their reservations and payment on time. Below is a picture of a Shoka container, for your reference. For more examples click HERE.

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Extending the Garden Season

Cold frames, hot beds and hoop houses are great season extenders, allowing vegetables to be planted 2-4 weeks earlier than unprotected plants as well as extending the growing season in the fall. They can also play a key role in the transition of seedlings of all kinds from the sheltered windowsill / greenhouse environment to the outdoors. How do they work and what factors do you need to consider when acquiring or building one. Learn how, where and when to use these interesting tools in your own garden, at this Thursdays at the Hort lecture to be held Thursday, March 6 from 7 – 8:30 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley.

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Lifetime Master Gardener, past-president of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association and a systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel is also a member of the Garden to Table committee at Mass Hort and helped to establish and maintain a food production garden at Raytheon that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for five years.

Lecture Fee $10 Mass Hort members; $15 non-members. Register at or call 617-933-4973.  Image from

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

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