Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Monadnock Garden Club Jaffrey Center Garden Tour

The Monadnock Garden Club will sponsor a tour of six private gardens in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire on Saturday, July 29 from 10 – 4. Proceeds of the tour support the efforts of the MGC to maintain The Spalding Nature Trail at Monadnock and The Wyman Tavern Garden in Keene. MGC supports The Monadnock Conservancy, Student Conservation Association, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Audubon Camper Program. Tickets ($20) may be purchased via mail. Please send checks, payable to The Monadnock Garden Club, to PO Box 343, Jaffrey, NH 03452. On the day of the Tour, tickets will be sold at the Monadnock Inn, Jaffrey, and at all the gardens.

Of special interest to friends of The Garden Club of the Back Bay, one of the featured gardens is owned by our past President Margaret Pokorny and her husband Gene. The 14 acre garden, a vignette of which is pictured below,  might almost be called a Hidden Garden. When they purchased the property in 1989, apart from a few mature trees along the frontage, some tree lilacs, and a vast lawn, they were presented with a tabula rasa. Now, stone walls, pathways, and planting beds accompany unusual trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Two vegetable growing areas and a small orchard are also part of the design.

Sunday, July 23, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Planting for Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are among the most unique birds in the class of Aves. They are a major pollinator in the ecosystem and have co-evolved with specific ornithophilous plants in the American content. On Sunday, July 23 at The Gardens at Elm Bank, beginning at 10 am, Amir Ghazanfari will discuss Planting for Hummingbirds. Amir Ghazanfari, a biologist and a researcher, has been studying and monitoring Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, in the state of Massachusetts, for the past decade. Mass Hort Members: $12; General Admission: $20. Register online at

Thursday, July 20, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Twilight Art Stroll

Come to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge on Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 pm and join Meg L. Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, for a special walking tour of funerary art in the resplendent light of a late summer afternoon. This tour is recommended if you would like to learn about the iconography and design of Mount Auburn’s monuments. Free for Friends of Mt. Auburn, $7 for nonmembers. Register online at

Saturday, July 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Introduction to Sedges

Environmental consultant and plant taxonomist Lisa Standley will teach a Polly Hill Arboretum workshop on Saturday, July 15 from 9 – 3 focusing on understanding the diversity of the genus Carex, which has 189 species in New England, and on building skills for identification and keying. These grasslike perennial plants are often difficult to identify without close examination. Join us for a basic review of their identification features to build confidence in your own abilities to recognize species in the field. The workshop will include a lecture and discussion, keying practice, and field identification. Bring a lunch.

$60 / $50 for PHA Members. $40 for professionals associated with Island land management or conservation organizations. Pre-registration required. Call 508-693-9426 to sign up. The Arboretum is located at 809 State Road in West Tisbury.

Wednesday, August 30, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – How Are Rare Plants Conserved? NEW DATE

New England Wild Flower Society continues its webinar series on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 with a discussion with Botanical Coordinator Laney Widener on How Are Rare Plants Conserved? (Hint: NEWFS is a major player here.) In this talk, we will study the actions being taken to conserve rare plant species. We’ll begin by discussing New England programs at the state and regional levels, then look at plant conservation organizations throughout the U.S.and abroad. $10 for NEWFS members, $13 for nonmembers. Photo by Steven Ziglar. Register online at

Thursday, July 20, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm – Esplanade Association Summer Dock Party

The Esplanade Association invites you to it annual park benefit, The Summer Dock Party, on Thursday, July 20, from 7 – 10:30 at the Docks at Community Boating, Inc. Please join them for a BBQ dinner, dessert, beer, wine, music and dancing on the Docks.  Over the past six years the Dock Party has become a Boston social calendar staple and has sold out weeks in advance.

Each year, the Dock Party invites over 200 guests join us for a fantastic night of dinner, drinks and dancing on the docks. The funds raised at this event are critical to our organization’s ability to fund important park improvements and community enriching programs for the enjoyment of the park’s millions of visitors.

Attire is casual: Casual summer/boating attire is welcome. Ladies, please refrain from wearing thin heels that can get stuck between the dock platforms. Sandals, wedges, and thick heels are recommended. Esplanade Association members, $80, non-members, $100. Learn more and buy your tickets at

Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Why Are Some Plants Rare? Live Webinar (NEW DATE)

New England Wild Flower Society will sponsor a live webinar with Laney Widener on Tuesday, AUGUST 29 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Why Are Some Plants Rare? We see many sugar maples and Canada-mayflowers throughout New England, but relatively few Lapland rosebays (pictured) or Wright’s spikesedges. In this talk,we will examine the primary reasons certain plant species become rare in the landscape, both in New England and beyond. $10 for NEWFS members, $13 for nonmembers. Register at

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 pm – A New England Food Vision

In the spirit of inspiring and facilitating conversation in a time where it is crucial that we stay informed about the world around us, the staff of Wright-Locke Farm invites you to their 2017 Speaker Series. Join them monthly in the  beautiful 1827 Barn in Winchester for an evening of discovery and discussion. The Speaker Series is free and open to the public. They kindly ask you to RSVP by emailing so they can save you a seat.

Each presentation will begin at 7:30PM and allow for a follow-up Q & A session. Coming up on Wednesday, July 19, Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College and member of the Network Design Team of Food Solutions New England, Molly Anderson will talk about A New England Food Vision, which details how the region can feasibly provide half of its food needs by the year 2060.

Thursday, July 13, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm – Fun with Ferns

Elizabeth Farnsworth (aka “Fernsworth”), coauthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Ferns, will introduce you to the major groups of true ferns, moonworts, horsetails, clubmosses, spikemosses,and quillworts. We will learn how to identify these plants, discuss their lifestyles and ecology, view specimens under a microscope, and travel into the field to view a variety of these diverse plants. The class will take place at Garden in the Woods, Hemenway Road in Framingham, on Thursday, July 13 from 10 – 2:30.  Bring a bag lunch.  $60 for NEWFS members, $72 for nonmembers. Register online at

There is a second Fun with Ferns in Amherst, MA, on Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Phyto Filtration: The Power of Plants

Nature uses vegetated depressions, wetlands, marshes, etc. to clean stormwater runoff by removing sediments, turbidity, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Some pollutants are removed by vegetation uptake, some by slowing the flow down enough for sedimentation to occur, and some by biota consumption and ionic attraction around the roots. In the built environment, stormwater best management practices include vegetative removal of pollutants through the use of raingardens, bioswales, vegetative buffers, and constructed wetlands. And common to all of these is the vegetation component.

Join Rip Sokol on Thursday, July 20 at  52 Bates Street in Mendon at 11:30 am for this behind-the-scenes tour of Fourth Generation Nursery to learn about Vegetative (Phyto) Filtration. Rip will discuss several vegetative filter types in the nursery area as well as review the “dry” set-up of multiple configurations. Vertical and horizontal flow patterns will be compared along with common types of “mechanical” filtration. Pros and cons of installation mechanics and resultant maintenance requirements will be discussed and demonstrated. Both hardy and tropical plant communities can be assembled and compared for short and long term efficacy.

Fourth Generation Nursery is the largest stocking distributor of products for the construction and maintenance of water features east of the Poconos. They are also the oldest and largest wholesale grower of aquatic plants north of New Jersey, focusing on established ornamental & functional plants for ponds and streams. They propagate about 98% of the plants they sell right in Mendon and have introduced a select few hybrids into the trade, most notably the Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea) ‘Cliff Tiffany’ chosen as the 2009 Best New Hardy Lily.

Bring your camera! $10 for Ecological Landscape Alliance members, $20 for nonmembers.

R. P. “Rip” Sokol has worked in the horticulture industry for over 50 years, has been growing plants since the age of five, and created his first water garden at age He has been a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist since 1986 and belongs to multiple nursery associations. Rip is the co-owner of Fourth Generation Nursery, a wholesale nursery and supplier in Mendon, MA. The Sokol family has been engaged in horticulture for over 100 years, and began Fourth Generation Nursery in 1989. See more and register at: