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 www.bostonflowershow.com/buy-tickets/.

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 https://secure2.convio.net/mas/site/Ecommerce;jsessionid=2941D35BFE22BC33B67791314E6F05F1.app271b?store_id=1761.


Saturday, March 8, 6:00 pm – Bird Lover’s Event

On Saturday at 6:00 p.m.at 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 mariew@russellsgardencenter.com 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 https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/788429990. Image from www.turfmagazine.com.


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 programinfo@HistoricNewEngland.org.


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 www.masshort.org or call 617-933-4973.  Image from www.gardeningtoolsblog.com.


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: Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us. The conference will take place at Northeastern University on Saturday, March 8, from 8 – 4:30. $30. To register online visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-massachusetts-urban-farming-conference-tickets-7547919029. Thank you www.digboston.com 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 (www.equinoxresort.com) 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 www.pyours.com/symposium.


Wednesday, March 12, 6:00 pm – Evolutionary Forces in Humans and Pathogens

Have you been watching Helix on the SciFi Channel? This Evolution Matters Lecture on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 6 pm, will appeal to you. The genome revolution has created unprecedented opportunities to study human biology, evolution, and infectious diseases. Geneticist Pardis Sabeti, Associate Professor, Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University, and a member of the Department of Immunology and Infection Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss the rapidly emerging techniques and resources her lab is applying to advance our understanding of natural selection in the human genome and the genomic evolution of microbial pathogens such as Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Plasmodium falciparum malaria, and Vibrio cholerae.

The Evolution Matters Lecture Series is supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.  Free and open to the public. The talk will be held at the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.


Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Best New Plant Varieties for 2014

If you enjoy the White Flower Farm mail order catalog, then this Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury presentation on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 7 pm, is a “must.” The presenter will be Barbara Pierson, WFF nursery manager for 15+ years. Barb is a graduate of Cornell’s School of Horticulture and has appeared on radio, TV and in The New York Times. She is responsible for trialing all of the plants that White Flower Farm sells — which makes for some extraordinary photographs and great insights into what to buy (and what to avoid) for 2014, as well as plants being trialed for 2015 release. In early 2013 Barb gave this presentation to a packed house at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Her presentation to our club will be her ONLY appearance in MA this year – don’t miss it!  Location: Elks Lodge, 1 Morrell St., West Roxbury, MA. Cost: $10 at the door (one lucky attendee will win a $50 White Flower Farm gift card).  For more information please visit http://gcfm.org/eveninggcwestroxbury/Home.aspx



Monday, March 3, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – The Swan Boats

The Swan Boats are some of the most historic figures in the Boston Public Garden, but do you ever wonder where they came from? Lyn Paget is the fourth generation of Swan Boat operators, dating back to 1877. Originally started by Lyn’s great grandfather, Robert Paget, and preserved by her great grandmother, Julia Paget, the Public Garden’s Swan Boats are enduring and iconic symbols of Boston.

Initially starting out with one row boat, the Paget family adopted a number of paddle boats and christened them with the now iconic Swan imagery. Inspired by “Lohengrin”, an opera based on the medieval German story in which the protagonist traverses on a boat that is pulled by a swan, the Swan Boats are an important part of the Public Garden’s history.

While the Swan Boats may not be in operation until April, the opportunity to learn more about them is coming up. On March 3rd, the Connolly branch of the Boston Public Library will be hosting a talk given by Lyn Paget on the Swan Boats. This will be a great chance to learn about the Swan Boat’s history, the Paget family’s traditions, and practices behind a quintessential Boston activity that has been enjoyed by Bostonians and visitors alike for over 136 years.

This lecture is free of charge on March 3rd at 6:30 to 7:30 at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 422 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. This event is recommended for young adults, college students, adults and seniors and is sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.


Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 pm – Agriculture in Paraguay

Petersham Grange No. 95 will begin its 2014 season on Tuesday, March 4 with a program about agriculture in Paraguay.  Lynne Amsden of Holden, a Grange member and Crop Volunteer, will present a show of slides from her visit to that country.  The Grange meets at 7:30 pm in the Congregational Church Hall on North Main Street in Petersham.  The program is open to the public, and there will be coffee and refreshments after the meeting.


Sunday, March 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – The Secret Life of Cones

Led by Emerald Necklace docent Barbara Balasa, this informal talk on Sunday, March 2, from 1 – 2:30, focuses on all things coniferous and will feature a hands-on exhibit of a variety of cones from North America, including the infamous “widow-maker.” The program begins at the Shattuck Visitor Center located in the Back Bay Fens across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts, and is free and open to the public.  Image from www.travelinggardener.com.


Monday, March 10, 12:00 noon – Bonsai

Come to the Bourne United Methodist Church on Sandwich Road in Bourne on Monday, March 10 at noon and meet Les Lutz, new director of horticulture at Heritage Museum and Gardens. He will use a PowerPoint presentation to introduce us to bonsai, followed by a demonstration of how to start with nursery stock and end up with a beginning bonsai specimen. The free program is sponsored by the Aptucxet Garden Club.


Monday, March 3, 10:00 am – Vegetables for Your Garden

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts will present a horticultural morning with Betty Saunders on Monday, March 3, beginning at 10 am at South Church, 41 Central Street in Andover.  Garden keeper of Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s bountiful vegetable garden at Elm Bank, Betty shows us how to grow delicious vegetables.  $5 payable at the door.  For more information contact Betsy Williams at 978-470-0911 or email betsy@betsywilliams.com.


Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 pm – Landscape Design as Ecological Art

Explore how ecology can inform landscape design – creating environments that are rich, ecologically sound, and “of their place” – while they are dynamic systems that change over time, on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 7 pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway in Cambridge. The lecture is free and is sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts.

Darrel Morrison, the speaker,  has been inspired by Jens Jensen, Aldo Leopold, and the native landscape with its patterns and processes.  Learn about his exceptional projects: the Native Plant Garden at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, the recent Native Flora Garden Extension at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and others.


Thursday, June 26 – Sunday, June 29 – 2014 Northeast Dragonfly Society of the Americas Meeting

The 2014 regional meeting of the Northeast Dragonfly Society of the Americas, to be held June 26 – 29 in Binghamton, New York, recalls one of the earliest US meetings, an informal gathering hosted by Nick and Ailsa Donnelly the weekend of 4 July 1982. That meeting drew 21 participants plus families (a large fraction of the odonatists in North America at the time!), with participants coming from as far away as Florida and Oklahoma. Nannothemis bella (Elfin Skimmer) and Cordulegaster obliqua (Arrowhead Spiketail) were added to the already large Broome County list, and we hope to continue this fine tradition.

The Broome County area (including parts of Chenango and Cortland Counties, and Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania) has a rich odonate fauna, but there are opportunities to find additional species. The Susquehanna River close to Binghamton was the place where Ophiogomphus howei (Pygmy Snaketail) was found in 1967, after having “disappeared” for 43 years following the 1924 find of the original male in Massachusetts and female in Pennsylvania. The river has a rich ode fauna, is easily accessible, and will be one of the main features of the meeting.

One of our prime spots will be Jam Pond, one of the finest bogs in the state. Although having one of the longest lived colonies of Aeshna subarctica (Subarctic Daner) in the United States, it has never yielded any species of Somatochlora, though a few have been seen over the years. Late June will be a prime time to find abundant Enallagma annexum, all intergraded with Enallagma vernale (Vernal Bluet). (However, we will not find A. subarctica, which flies from mid August until late September.)

Another site is Wier’s Pond, in northern Pennsylvania, which is a Nature Conservancy property featuring both Lanthus vernalis (Southern Pygmy Clubtail) and L. parvulus (Northern Pygmy Clubtail), and has apparently stable colonies of Coenagrion resolutum (Taiga Bluet) and Gomphaeschna furcillata (Harlequin Darner). There are numerous additional sites: The Chenango Valley State Park (where Aeshna mutata was recently found), Otselic Bog (another fine kettlehole bog), Geneganslet Creek, where three species of Calopteryx can be found together; Hawkins Pond and Greenwood Park (Broome County Parks) with several species of interest, such as Boyeria grafiana (Oscellated Darner) and Enallagma traviatum (Slender Bluet) (we are in the zone of intergradation between subspecies traviatum and westfalli).

ORGANIZERS: Ailsa and Nick Donnelly and Bryan Pfeiffer
REGISTRATION: You must register by March 1, 2014 in order for organizers to obtain necessary permits. To register send an email to Bryan Pfeiffer (bryan@bryanpfeiffer.com).

Lodging options in the Binghamton area, including camping, will be available to registrants.


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