Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Winter in Bloom: Artists and Makers

Artists display their floral arrangements based on one of their pieces of artwork, which will also be displayed, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, as part of Winter in Bloom. Free with admission. For more information visit www.towerhillbg.org.  Image from www.fineartamerica.com of work by Shiva Shala.


Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Principles of Ecological Landscape Design: Getting It Right

There is growing expectation and demand that designed landscapes from public parks to backyards should not only be  beautiful and functional, but also sustainable. For constructed landscapes to perform as we need them to, we must get their underlying ecology right. Based upon his recently released Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, Travis Beck helps translate the science of ecology into design practice.

In this February 23rd Ecological Landscape Alliance webinar from 12 – 1 EST, Mr. Beck explains key ecological concepts and their application to the design and management of sustainable landscapes. Through photos and descriptions, Travis Beck takes us on a tour of Mt. Cuba Center, discussing the real world implementation of ecological concepts from his book.

Located in the Piedmont region of Delaware, Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden that spans nearly 600 acres of natural lands, grounds, naturalistic and formal gardens. Moving along a continuum from the wildest to the most intensively managed areas, Beck will shed light on the opportunities and challenges of applying ecological understanding to landscape design and management.

Travis Beck is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware, where he oversees the care and evolution of 582 acres of native plant gardens and natural areas. Prior to Mt. Cuba, Travis worked at the New York Botanical Garden, where he managed large landscape design and construction projects. He is a registered landscape architect and holds a master’s degree in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. His book, Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, published in 2013 by Island Press, applies current scientific thinking to the design and management of successful, sustainable landscapes. – See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/principles-of-ecological-landscape-design-getting-it-right/#sthash.56bDSztJ.dpuf. Free for ELA members, $10 for nonmembers.


Thursday, February 18, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Vegetable Garden Planning

Do you want to get more out of your vegetable garden? Come to the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market on Thursday, February 18 from 6 – 7:30. Learn about timing, spacing, succession planting and interplanting and leave with a draft of your spring planting plan. Members of The Trustees of Reservations pay $9; Nonmembers $15. The full program and events schedule through March of 2016 is currently available at thetrustees.org/KITCHEN and features regular tastings of what’s fresh at the market, engaging classes on cooking, gardening, and mixology, film screenings and discussions, yoga for kids and adults and so much more. Don’t let cabin fever get to you this winter – come on down to the KITCHEN to eat, learn and play.  Image from www.smartgardener.com.


Sunday, February 21, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration

Tower Hill Botanic Garden welcomes Page Dickey, editor of Outstanding American Gardens, on Sunday, February 21 from 1 – 2. This beautiful book showcases fifty stunning public and private gardens from coast to coast featured by the Garden Conservancy since 1989. Historic, modernist, traditional, cottage seaside, exotic, tropical, classic Southern, farmhouse, prison, organic and xeric – all are among the many types of gardens exquisitely photographed and described.

Page Dickey has been gardening passionately since her early twenties. She writes about gardening, garden design, and America’s gardens for House and Garden, House Beautiful, Horticulture, Elle Décor, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and other publications. She is the author of several books, including Gardens in the Spirit of Place, Breaking Ground, and Inside Out. Her first book, Duck Hill Journal, and her most recent, Embroidered Ground, are about Duck Hill in New York, where she lived and gardened for thirty years. Page cofounded the Open Days program in 1995 and has served on the board of directors of the Garden Conservancy since 2004. She also serves on the boards of Stonecrop, Frank Cabot’s garden in Cold Spring, NY, and Hollister House Garden in Washington, CT.

To register for this event, please call Gayle Holland (508) 869-6111 x124 or email gholland@towerhillbg.org. THBG members $15, nonmembers $25.


Sunday, February 14, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Coloring Outside the Lines: The Use of Annuals at Tower Hill

Many of the gardens at Tower Hill have been purposefully designed to allow the professional staff a chance to paint a fresh scene, and create a new mood, each year with artful plant combinations. These annual and seasonal changes require all the skills that define the field of horticulture – the combination of the art and science of growing plants. It’s not enough to simply choose colors that look good together in the nursery in April – many other factors go into selecting combinations that will go from alluring in April to awe-inspiring in August. Spend an hour at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, February 14, beginning at 1 pm, with Horticulture Director Joann Vieira learning about where the horticulture team at Tower Hill derives their inspiration for fresh displays; how they balance the science of growing plants with the art of color and texture; and how space and time influence their choices.

To register for this event, please call Gayle Holland (508) 869-6111 x124 or email gholland@towerhillbg.org. Free with admission.


Saturday, February 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Pollinator-Attracting Landscapes: Beyond the Garden Border

Learning to create a welcoming pollinator habitat is part of stewarding the land. On Saturday, February 20 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, landscape and habitat designer Tom Sullivan offers practical advice for making a landscape welcoming to a variety of beneficial insects and pollinators. Through simple acts such as creating connectivity of habitat and modifying the composition and treatment of grass and lawns, Sullivan educates us on how to increase beneficial insect populations and enhance the diversity of pollinators essential to a healthy ecosystem. $20 for BBG members, $25 for nonmembers. Register at www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Tom Sullivan, MALD, at PollinatorsWelcome.com, is a pollinator habitat designer, consultant, public speaker, writer, and educator. Tom’s focus is clearly on bee survival through the habitat lens of the nesting, forage, and life cycles, as well as whole system landscape awareness. In Tom’s talks and workshops, self-referred to as his yard-by-yard approach, he offers guidelines and techniques for regenerating native bee habitats in yards, parks, farmland, and other open spaces.  Image from www.amherstbulletin.com.


Saturday, February 20, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Gardening for Pollinators

Native plants are not only beautiful, they are undoubtedly the best source of food for pollinators, because plants and their pollinators evolved together. Covering everything from understanding how to attract specific pollinators to finding the right plants, this Saturday, February 20 class with Dan Jaffe will help you turn your garden into a pollinator sanctuary.

This New England Wild Flower Society class is part of our Urban Gardening Series, a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by Society staff in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these free classes take place at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, beginning at 10:30 am in the Lecture Hall.


Saturday, February 13, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Seeing Flowers

Have you ever really looked at a flower? We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises, and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Teri Dunn Chace, author of Seeing Flowers, will speak at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Saturday, February 13, at 11 am and again at 1:30 pm. Free with admission. She will be available to sign copies of her book.

To register for this event, please call Gayle Holland (508) 869-6111 x124 or email gholland@towerhillbg.org. Pardon the inconvenience while Tower Hill updates its online transaction system.


Friday, February 12, 7:00 pm – Where Have All The Animals Gone?

From the biographer of Jane Goodall comes an eccentric blend of travels and adventures based on the underlying story of two men, sometime friends and allies, who uncover through personal experience the tragedy of animal extinctions in Africa and Asia. By turns ironic, funny, and tender, it contemplates changing landscapes and a vanishing world.

Over the last fifteen years, nature historian Dale Peterson has collaborated with photographer Karl Ammann to produce three books about apes, elephants, and giraffes. For this new memoir, Peterson recounts his travels with the iconoclastic Swiss photographer through Africa and Southeast Asia, serving as his Boswell and discovering along the way magnificent splendor, unexpected humor, and tragic loss.

Dale Peterson is the coauthor, with Jane Goodall, of Visions of Caliban (a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Book) and the editor of her two books of letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence. His other books include The Deluge and the Ark, Chimpanzee Travels, Storyville USA, Eating Apes, and (with Richard Wrangham) Demonic Males. They have been distinguished as an Economist Best Book, a Discover Top Science Book, a Bloomsbury Review Editor’s Favorite, a Village Voice Best Book, and a finalist for the PEN New England Award and the Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize in England. He resides in Massachusetts. He will speak on Friday, February 12 at 7 pm at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge, beginning at 7 pm, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information visit www.portersquarebooks.com.


Sunday, February 14, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Flower Arrangements

The Trustees of Reservations sponsors Gardening with Stow Greenhouse at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market on Sunday, February 14 from 3 – 5.  Come with your special someone, your friends, or even solo, to learn how to create a beautiful flower arrangement.  Class fee of $36 for TTOR members, $45 for nonmembers, includes materials.  Learn more at http://thetrustees.org/KITCHEN.

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