Saturday, September 27, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Preserving the Harvest: Dressings and Dips

Impress your friends with homemade salad dressings and dips at your next gathering! Join The Boston Natural Areas Network and Tastes of the Garden in making creative dips and dressings with the herbs and veggies in your garden on Saturday, September 27, from 9:30 – 11:30 in the Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen at 560 Albany Street in Boston. Pre-registration required: contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.

Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Garden Talk: Thinking Ahead for Winter and Spring

What can you do with your garden in the fall? With a plan, you can give your garden winter appeal. This Brookline Adult & Community Education class will give you the confidence to try your hand at planting the way you want. Instructor Myrna Balk will discuss topics such as how to develop winter interest, how to attract birds, what plants thrive in winter weather, and when to leave leaves and when to rake. She’ll provide tips on light pruning, mulching, and re-organizing. You will receive advice on planting and sources of material, along with design ideas that suit your budget and personal aesthetic. You’ll also talk about color in the spring, and what bulbs you can plant now that will magically appear as the snow melts. The class will be held at Brookline High School, and the fee is $34. To register online visit https://aded.brooklinema.gov/detail.php?id=546456. Image from www.perennials.com.

Saturday, September 27, 5:30 pm – Pickling Autumn Produce

Join Grace, Formaggio Kitchen’s local produce enthusiast and avid home pickler, as she takes you through preserving some of the tastiest autumnal veggies. In this class at the Formaggio Kitchen Annex, 67 Smith Place in Cambridge, on Saturday, September 27 at 5:30 pm, Grace will show you some of her tried and true pickling recipes and explain matching spices, vegetables, and brines. Hold on to Autumn with Grace’s tips! $55. Register online at http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/classes or call 617-354-4750. Image from www.realsimple.com.

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sunday Afternoon at the Armenian Heritage Park

Join the Friends of the Armenian Heritage Park on Sunday, September 21 from 3 – 4 for a meet and greet for all ages.  The Park is located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park.  Emack & Bolio’s will be there, thanks to E & M’s Stewart Kagel, and there will be live music courtesy of Mal Barsamian on oud, Leo Janikian on clarinet, Kenny Kalajian on guitar, and Jay Baronian on dumbeg. Mal Barsamian is one of the most gifted Armenian-American musicians working today. His wealth of musical knowledge extends to classical as well as Middle Eastern music.  Barsamian performs on bouzouki, oud, clarinet, guitar, violin, and dumbeg. He has the same vitality on the instruments as he does on his most well-known instrument, the clarinet. At 2:30 there will be a game for kids with a chance to win Boston Duck Tour tickets for four, with the help of Boston Duck Tour’s Bob Schwartz.  Bob Lobel, co-host of Sports Legends New England, will act as Emcee.  Come early to walk the Greenway, ride the carousel, visit Christopher Columbus Park, the North End, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the Waterfront.  If you have any questions, email info@armenianheritagepark.org.

Saturday, September 20, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Somerville Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Discover the perfect plant to enliven your garden or windowsill at the Somerville Garden Club Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, September 20 from 9 – 1 at Davis Square, at the intersection of College Avenue and Holland Street. Perennials for sun and shade, plus a wide variety of house plants, will be featured, as well as herbs, shrubs, and groundcovers. Choose from hundreds of plants donated by both Somerville Garden Club members and community friends of the Club. Visit the Connoisseur Table for that unique specimen or find a tried-and-true favorite—there’s something for everyone! Horticultural books, decorative containers, and garden tools will also be for sale. Experienced gardeners will be available to answer questions and assist with plant selections. And the littlest gardener will enjoy the Children’s Table.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs and public plantings of the all-volunteer, non-profit Somerville Garden Club. For additional information visit www.somervillegardenclub.org.  Thank you www.somervillebeat.com for the image below.

Monday, September 15, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Radical Mycology

Green City Growers presents Radical Mycology, an educational workshop for Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts members, on Monday, September 15, from 3 – 5 at 600 Windsor Place in Somerville. International organization Radical Mycology is making a one-day stop in Boston on their 2014 3-month educational tour across North America. Radical Mycology is a volunteer-based organization and grassroots movement dedicated to sharing information and resources on the positive benefits of the fungal kingdom for personal, societal, and ecological health. RSVP to http://growmycitygreen.hs-sites.com/mushroom-cultivation-workshop, as seating is limited. Fee is $10 – $30, sliding scale.

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, October 5, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – 11th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show

The award winning New England Carnivorous Plant Society (NECPS) will again be hosting the Fall Carnivorous Plant Show at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1 Floral Avenue, Providence RI, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5. Plant lovers and all those who enjoy something different will be able to get up close to hundreds of carnivorous plants exhibited by the members of the NECPS. Featured plants will include pitcher plants from Malaysia with traps the size of softballs that are capable of eating lizards and mice. There will also be sundews from Australia ranging from the size of a dime to 12+ inches high and the ever-popular Venus Fly trap. For you native plant lovers, NECPS will also display carnivorous plants that grow locally in Rhode Island and throughout New England.

This is the largest collection of carnivorous plants displayed yearly on the east coast and the most popular show at the Botanical Center.  Visit the Venus Fly Trap feeding area where you can observe up close how these plants devour insects. Plants and growing accessories will be available for purchase for both novice and experienced growers from carnivorous plant vendors and the NECPS. The permanent carnivorous plant bog exhibit will also be available for viewing. Society members will be present both days to explain how the plants feed, what they eat, where they live, and how they can be grown and enjoyed at home. Admission to the show is FREE with the purchase of regular admission to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. Admission to the RWP Botanical Center is $3 for adults $1 Children 6 to 12, under 6 FREE. For more information visit www.necps.org. Image pf Venus Fly Trap courtesy of www.funguerilla.com.

Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – National Public Lands Day on the Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is excited to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a park-wide volunteer day on Saturday, September 27 from 9 – 12.  Help with projects along the Greenway, including weeding, planting and clean-up tasks.  Both individuals and groups are needed.  For more information, or to register, contact volunteer@rfkgc.org.

Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21 – Annual Combined Plant Societies’ Judged Show and Sale

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, will host a judged show and sale sponsored by the New England Chapter of The Gesneriad Society and by the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21.  Hours Saturday are 10 – 5, and on Sunday, 10 – 4.  $12 aduts, $9 seniors, $7 youths 6 – 18.  For more information call 617-479-3680, or visit www.towerhillbg.org.

 

Wednesday, October 1 – Application Deadline for Sustainable Landscape Practices Webinar

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, and the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, will coordinate a series of webinars for those interested in teaching others how to create sustainable landscapes.  From October 21 to November 18, the Landscape for Life: Train the Trainers webinars will occur every Tuesday afternoon and will also serve as an open forum for participants.

Featured topics include healthy soils, effective water management, selection of appropriate plants to create habitat, use of recycled materials, and integrated pest management.  Sustainable practices for a variety of gardens – from large, rural lots to small apartments – will be covered.

The webinars are part of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, an interdisciplinary program developed as a collaboration between the American Society of Landscape Architects, the US Botanic Garden, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to establish guidelines and benchmarks for sustainable landscape design.  The application deadline is October 1, and prospective participants must be able to attend, in all, five webinars to register.  For more information visit www.landscapeforlife.org.

Friday, October 3, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm – Nichols House Museum Symposium: In the House and on the Web, 21st Century Strategies for Interpreting Historic Interiors

On Friday, October 3, five speakers from Europe and the United States will come together to share experiences from their museums and heritage sites which have successfully integrated technology into interpretations of their historic interiors and landscapes. From mobile applications to virtual recreations, learn from these 21st-century innovators and come away with cutting-edge ideas from museum professionals around the world. Please join The Nichols House Museum for this full-day event, 8 – 3:30, at The Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street in Boston. $75 fee.

Speakers:

Lee Glazer, PhD- Associate Curator, American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Victoria Kastner – Historian, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Annie Kemkaran-Smith – Curator (Art Collections) Down House, National Collections Group, London, UK (pictured below)
John A. Sibbald – Founder and First Chairman, Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust, Hamilton, Scotland
Loic Tallon – Senior Mobile Manager, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Optional Activities

Lunch is available either at the Union Club (additional $45 per person) or on your own. More information coming soon on a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to tour two recently re-installed British period rooms, the dining room from Hamilton Palace (1700) and the drawing room from Newland House (1748), with Thomas S. Michie, Russell B. and Andree Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of Europe. Additional fee will be required.
Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given for cancellations received by Friday, September 26, 2014. No refunds will be made after September 26, 2014. Register by calling 617-227-6993, email info@nicholshousemuseum.org, or register online at www.nicholshousemuseum.org/symposium_2014.php.

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Apples, Apples, Apples

Apples aren’t just for eating! They have played an important role in Harvest and Winter celebrations for at least two thousand years. Learn apple history, folklore and magical traditions at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Saturday, September 27, from 10 – noon with Betsy Williams. Watch a demonstration of apple pomanders and apple cinnamon ornaments, then make an apple candle and a fresh Autumn Apple Potpourri to enjoy at home. Recipe and craft handouts included. Visit www.towerhillbg.org for more information, or click HERE to register. $60 Tower Hill members, $80 nonmembers.

Tuesdays, September 23 – November 18, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Introduction to Botany

Learn botany from dedicated instructor and plant nomenclature specialist Kanchi Gandhi, of the Harvard University Herbaria, on Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, where the eight week course will be held. Among the topics to be explored: plant cells and tissues, anatomy and morphology, reproduction, nutrition, growth and development, plant diversity, evolution, classification, and nomenclature. This course, offering both lecture and laboratory activities, introduces botany to new students or serves as a refresher course. Classes begin Tuesday September 23, from 6:30 – 8:00, and are offered in collaboration with the New England Wild Flower Society. Required text: Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon.  Fee $225 sponsor member, $270 nonmember. Register online at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1.

Tuesday, September 23, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Tour of Research Gardens and Global Flora

Explore the exciting opportunities for engaging in plant science at Wellesley College.  Botanic Gardens Director Kristina Jones leads a tour of new gardens with a science education and research focus: the Creighton Educational Garden, Climate Change Monitoring Garden, Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden, and Farm in a Box, on Tuesday, September 23 from 3 – 4:30.  After the garden tour, Kristina presents plans for Global Flora: transforming the five major houses of the Ferguson Greenhouse complex into an innovative display of plants from around the world, incorporating aesthetics, sustainable design, and new areas for plant study.  Co-sponsored by Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston and the Wellesley College Botanic Garden Friends.  Free for WCAB and WCBG members, non-members $15.  Register by calling 781-283-3094, or email wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu.

Tuesday, September 23, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Organic Lawns at the Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is the mile-long ribbon of green that replaced Boston’s elevated Central Artery when Route 93 was moved underground as part of the Big Dig.

This is Boston’s only organically maintained Public Park and one of a handful of organically maintained urban parks in the United States. Children and pets can play freely and safely on our lawns without the worry of chemicals or pesticides, because the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy manages the parks organically. “Our plants are healthier, more resilient, and better able to withstand the wear of public use.” The Conservancy’s practice of not using herbicides and toxins also ensures that run-off from the parks will not pollute Boston Harbor or harm the delicate marine life.

Organic turf and weed management practices include carefully planned mowing height to deter weed development, alternating mowing patterns to avoid compaction, and the regular practice of maintaining mowing equipment to ensure blade sharpness which properly cuts turf resulting in less stress and less opportunity for disease issues. The Conservancy uses alternative means of weed control including flaming, hand removal, and products that use clove oil or citric acid. These methods utilize heat and naturally occurring compounds to disrupt plant cell activity in weeds. Annual spring and fall lawn care applications include aeration of lawns to alleviate compaction with the addition of compost top dressing and humates and over seeding to promote dense turf development. We apply organic fertilizer 4 times a year: Spring, summer, early fall and mid-fall.

Join Ecological Landcape Alliance tour guides Conservancy Superintendent of Horticulture, Stuart Shillaber and Horticulture Foreman, Anthony Ruggiero for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenway focused on the organic lawn care program.

Anthony Ruggiero, is the Horticulture Foreman at the Conservancy and is responsible for the direct oversight of the Horticulture crew and the day to day horticulture activities on the Greenway. Anthony also manages the Organic Program and the Irrigation System of the Greenway. His previous experience includes working in all aspects of the Green industry specializing in Sustainable and Organic Landcare. Tickets are $20 for ELA members, $25 for nonmembers. Call 617-436-5838 or visit the website below.
– See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/organic-lawns-at-the-rose-kennedy-greenway/#sthash.trlIsEr2.dpuf.

Monday, September 22, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Urban Greening for Urban Birds

What are the needs of an urban bird? What can be done to increase the diversity of avian and other species living in the city? The highly managed nature of a city landscape provides biologists with some unique opportunities to understand both the role of humans in altering patterns of biological diversity and the role of behavior in limiting animal distributions. Join the Arnold Arboretum on Monday, September 22, from 7 – 8:30 in the Hunnewell Building for a lecture by Dr. Paige Warren, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A guiding principle for Paige Warren’s research is that the typical indices of urbanization, such as human population density, describe only a portion of the habitat structure that is important for wildlife. Paige Warren has recently analyzed 150 years of documented changes in the bird communities of Cambridge and examined a variety of Boston’s green spaces to determine ways to improve and increase habitat for year-round as well as migratory birds and other city-dwelling animals. She will speak about her research, done locally and around the country, to understand processes generating and maintaining biological diversity in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by humans. Fee $5 Arboretum member, $10 nonmember. Register on line at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1.

Saturday, September 20, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm – The Ferns of Horn Pond Mountain

Ferns have been around for more than 300 million years, and in that time the diversification of their form has been phenomenal. Join Don Lubin and the New England Wild Flower Society on Saturday, September 20 at 11:30 am as Don investigates the ferns of Horn Pond Reservation in Woburn, MA. Horn Pond is crossed by rocks such as diorite and gabbro, making it a great home for ferns that prefer a “sweeter” habitat. We hope to see two Asplenium species, two Woodsias, and a Selaginella, as well as numerous more common ferns. Expect some climbing and off-trail hiking. Bring a hand lens if you have one, and any fern fronds you would like Don to identify. $33 for NEWFS members, $40 for nonmembers.  Register at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/ferns-of-horn-pond-mountain.

Saturday, September 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Kale, Glorious Kale

Bursting with nutrients, kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables on Earth. It makes a tasty addition to soups and smoothies; you can sauté it, eat it as a side dish or salad, or roast it for a snack. If you love this popular leafy green or think you might if you knew how to cook it, this Stonewall Kitchen cooking class taught by author Cathy Walthers is for you. Her book Soups + Sides is pictured below. It will take place Saturday, September 27 from 11:30 – 1 and the fee is $45.  Register by calling 1-877-899-8363 from 8 – 5, Monday through Friday. The class location is 2 Stonewall Lane in York, Maine, and the menu is highlighted below.

Rustic Kale and Goat Cheese Tart
Fall Baby Kale Salad with Apples, Dates and Walnuts
Italian Kale Soup with Mini Meatballs
Faro and Kale Salad
Bacon Kale and Pumpkin Seed Crunch

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Cooking with Cranberries

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society in conjunction with the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University are pleased to announce they will be hosting the next Talk and Taste public lecture on the theme of Cooking with Cranberries on Saturday, September 27th from 10 -11:30 am at the Mass Hort property at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA. Featured speakers include: Blue Ginger’s Pastry Chef – Michele Fadden; Dr. Diane McKay, nutrition scientist at the Tufts HNRCA; and David Fiske, Horticultural Director, Massachusetts Horticultural Society for a three–part lecture on cooking, nutrition and gardening.

After the lecture there will be time for sampling, Q&A and a tour of the Garden to Table garden.  Fee: $15 Mass Hort members; $18 non-members.  Visit http://www.masshort.org/eventdetail/36/422|427|430|433/talk-and-taste-cooking-with-cranberries?filter_reset=1 to sign up on line. Photo from www.spoonful.com.

Thursday, September 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Artists in the Arboretum Opening Reception

Local artists will exhibit works inspired by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University as part of Jamaica Plain Open Studios, the premiere annual arts event in one of Boston’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. The juried exhibit will run through October 19, and the opening reception will take place Thursday, September 18, from 6 – 8 in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall at 125 Arborway. For more event information, and to preview works by participating artists, visit www.jpopenstudios.com. Work below by artist Sarah Coyne.

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