Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, November 16, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – Holiday Showcase

The Garden Club of Hyannis presents Holiday Showcase at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, Bass River, South Yarmouth, on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, from 10 – 5, and on Sunday, November 16, from noon – 5.  $15 in advance, $20 at the event (cash only.)  This event will transform the Center into a magical and majestic home for the holiday season, each room decorated with gorgeous bouquets in beautifully designed settings.  An expanded boutique will offer unique gifts and gorgeous decorative items, most handcrafted by Club members.  Proceeds will help fund the Club’s many civic and charitable projects.  For more information contact

Sunday, November 16, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Franklin Park: From “A” to “Z”

On Sunday, November 16 at 1 pm, explore the portion of Franklin Park that designer Frederick Law Olmsted called the Ante-Park (“A”), which today is largely defined by the Franklin Park Zoo (“Z”). The walk will include stops at the Valley Gates, the Playstead Overlook, White Stadium, and the old Bear Dens. This tour includes an OPTIONAL extension into Franklin Park Zoo to explore the early Zoo designed by one-time Olmsted firm apprentice Arthur Shurcliff.  Meets at “Giraffe” rear entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo, just off the Jewish War Veterans Drive (also known as Circuit Drive).  The National Park Service ranger led Walk and Talk is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 617-566-1689.

Thursday, November 20, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Volunteerism on the Mystic River

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) began in 1972 as a grassroots environmental organization and continues to rely upon grassroots support and volunteerism to accomplish its many projects and programs today. On Thursday, November 20, come learn about the work of the association and how MyRWA engages the 22 community watershed through volunteerism and citizen science.

Beth MacBlane is the Outreach and Communications Director at the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA). In this role Beth manages MyRWA outreach events and the association’s electronic and print communications, including social media. She received her B.A. in environmental studies and anthropology at Tufts University, where she volunteered with MA Community Water Watch as the education coordinator. She received her M.S. in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental education at Antioch University New England. Her professional experience comprises various educational and community organizing endeavors including four years of work with the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger.

Lunch & Learn lectures take place every Thursday from 12:00-1:00pm at the Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room on the Medford Campus during the academic year. The Tufts Institute of the Environment generously sponsors lunch. If you are interested in participating in the Lunch & Learn program as a guest lecturer/participant, contact You can’t make it to the talk? No problem! Watch it live here from your computer or smart phone.

Saturday, November 22, 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm – The Art of Natural Perfumery

Looking for unique holiday gifts? Learn the art and science of creating natural perfumes and colognes. In this Brookline Adult Education class, you will start from scratch with individual ingredients and practice combining winning recipes to suit your taste. We will discuss aromatherapy and explore the emotional effects of dozens of essential oils that may include bergamot, frankincense, ginger, sandalwood, and lemon. You’ll learn to balance top, middle, and bottom scent notes to craft alluring aromas, and will make a customized perfume or cologne to take home. A $12 materials fee is payable to the instructor, Cher Kore. Cher Kore is an aromatherapist and her company, Kameleon Healing Aromatherapy, creates all-natural, biodegradable, pure essential oil blends for healing purposes. Her wellness articles have been published nationally in Natural Health Magazine, National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and AromaScents. The class will be held at Brookline High School and the fee is $34. To register, visit Image from

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Pilgrim Hall Museum Holiday House Tour

Don’t miss Pilgrim Hall Museum’s ninth annual Holiday House Tour. Beautiful homes across Plymouth will be opened Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch will be served both days at Plymouth Country Club and is included in your ticket. Tickets are $45 if purchased by November 14 and $50 if purchased after that date. The exact location of houses on the Tour is kept confidential until the day of the tour. You must pick up the booklet and map that will serve as your ticket (and that reveal the locations of the houses) at Pilgrim Hall Museum between 9:30 and 4:30 either Saturday or Sunday. To purchase tickets, stop by Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, or call 508-746-1620 x7. Generously sponsored by Cordage Commerce Center and media sponsor Old Colony Memorial.


Saturday, November 15, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Fall Fermentation: Sauerkraut and Kimchi

Newton Community Farm instructor John Orren will lead you through the intricacies of making sauerkraut and kimchi on Saturday, November 15, from 12 – 1:30.  The course is $25 for Friends of the Farm, $28 for the general public. Newton Community Farm is located at 303 Nahanton Street, at the corner of Winchester and Nahanton Streets in Newton.  You may register online at Image from

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Seasonal Floral Arrangements: A Demonstration

Spend Thursday evening, November 13, from 7 – 8:30 pm, and learn the basics of floral arrangements to decorate your home. Learn to use what you have, how to buy sensibly and how to get the greatest impact for your effort! Watch as Marisa McCoy demonstrates how to make traditional and modern designs appropriate for the fall season. Learn the mechanics of arrangements, rules that help, and myths that hinder. Find your confidence in arranging to make your own autumn arrangements, just in time for a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Marisa McCoy is a nationally accredited Master Flower Show Judge, a Senior Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, and frequent exhibitor in Art in Bloom and the New England Spring Flower Show. Marisa enthusiastically shares her knowledge at Mass Hort’s Floral Design Course and at other botanical centers. This Massachusetts Horticultural Society evening will be held in the Parkman Room in the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. $10 for Mass Hort members, $15 for nonmembers. Register at

John Forti Named Director of Horticulture and Education at Massachusetts Horticultural Society

The Garden Club of the Back Bay was fortunate to have welcomed John Forti as a program speaker in 2013. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is excited to announce that John Forti has been named the Director of Horticulture and Education, a major step in the implementation of its 10-year strategic plan.

A nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer, Forti comes from the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, where he created numerous award-winning gardens and educational programs in the role of the Curator of Historic Landscapes. He previously served as the Director of Horticulture at Plimoth Plantation Museum, where he created a gardens and seed program that brought international attention to the preservation of Pilgrim and Wampanoag heirloom crops.

John founded and serves as the board chair for Slow Food Seacoast. He serves on the bio-diversity committee for Slow Food USA and recently represented the group as an international delegate among the 150 nations at the Terra Madre or “Farmers United Nations” in Italy. He is chair of the board for the Herb Society of America’s New England Unit, and won the 2014 Award for Excellence in Horticulture from the national office.

Thursday, November 20, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean For Them?

Sue Morse, field naturalist and founder of Keeping Track, will speak at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive in Hadley on Thursday, November 20, beginning at 7 pm, on Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them?  This program details ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected by climate change, with more serious challenges ahead. Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and marine mammals and waterfowl are some of the species covered in this stunningly beautiful show. We promise not to overwhelm our audience with bad news. Instead, our program will devote equal time sharing remarkable images of animals and their northern habitats—all in the spirit of Jane Goodall’s “reason for hope.” Our intent is to inspire our attendees, young and old alike, to join us in the vital crusade to change our fossil fuel-burning ways, conserve natural resources, and share a healthy planet with all that lives. Donations appreciated. Photo courtesy of

Thursday, November 20, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm – Trees in the Urban Landscape Symposium

Urban tree professionals, tree wardens, persons working in the tree-care industry and anyone interested in learning more about the urban forest are invited to attend Trees in the Urban Landscape Symposium, to be held Thursday, November 20, from 9 – 3:15 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston.  $35 fee, with an additional $14 if you wish to reserve a box lunch.  Sponsored by Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, Bank of America, Trustee.  For more information, or to reserve, visit

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Vision, Practice and Legacy: Edward Winslow Lincoln and the Worcester Park System

Jack Herron will present Vision, Practice and Legacy: Edward Winslow Lincoln and the Worcester Park System, on Sunday, November 16 from 2 – 3 in the Library of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, followed by a reception.  This talk is the second in a series of lectures sponsored by Lost Gardens of Worcester, a joint project of the Worcester Garden Club, Preservation Worcester, and Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Free with admission to Tower Hill.

Thursday, November 13, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – 18th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show Gala

The 18th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show Gala Preview will be held Thursday November 13, 2014 at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, to benefit the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit. The 18th Annual BIFAS will continue to feature the best in historic, modern, and contemporary fine art, with 40 galleries from the United States, India, Europe, and Canada. The Friends were established in 2008 in order to preserve the Mounted Unit. Boston was under fiscal pressure and the six horses that patrol the nine parks of the Emerald Necklace were going to be cut. Thanks to generous donations, the horses today still provide a safety net in our parks. This year the friends must raise $100,000 in donations to ensure continuation of the Mounted Unit. Your participation will help us achieve this goal! For more information on the horses or to purchase tickets (at $125 and $250 levels) please visit Enjoy exquisite cuisine, fine wine compliments of Dark Horse, and music, while being among the first to select from a dazzling array of fine art.

The show will continue throughout the weekend with special receptions, lectures, and dealer booth talks. Opening on Friday at 1:00pm and running until 8, Saturday from 11am-8pm, and Sunday from 11am-5pm. To see the special receptions and programs going on please visit

Saturday, November 15, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Annual African Violet Repotting Clinic

Each fall, Bay State African Violet Society holds a Re-potting Clinic at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  For a nominal fee of $1.00 per plant, they will repot your African violet into a new pot with new soil.  They will also remove suckers and separate multiple crowns so you may go home with more plants than you brought in!.  It is a fun and informative session.  Turn your lopsided, non-blooming, multi-crown African violet into a thing of beauty on Sunday, November 15, from 11 am to 3 pm. For more information, log on to Thank you for the perfect picture.

Saturday, November 8, 12:30 pm – Preparing Plants for Dormancy

The November meeting of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society will be held Saturday, November 8 at 12:30 pm at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  John Lombardi will speak on Preparing Plants for Dormancy, and there will, in addition, be a talk on Propogating Cephalotus Follicularis  (pictured, courtesy of by Jeff Matteson.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information visit

Sunday, November 23, 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm – Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Make a beautiful, long-lasting table arrangement in the Williamsburg tradition, combining fresh fall flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seasonal berries with preserved autumn leaves, in this Thanksgiving Centerpiece workshop taught by instructor Betsy Williams at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, on Sunday, November 23 from 12 – 2:30.  The fee is $75 for THBG members, $90 for nonmembers.  Register on line at

Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 tour, 6:00 pm lecture – Prohibition: Boston Dry/Boston Wet

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society presents Stephanie Schorow, author of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits, who will discuss the history of Boston during the era when the 18th Amendment was in effect. Prohibition in Boston was a period rife with class politics, social reform, and opportunism. Our hosts will be the Boston Beer Company, housed in the historic Brewery Complex where Haffenreffer survived Prohibition by brewing ‘near beer’ and sodas.

In Drinking Boston, Stephanie Schorow serves up a remarkable cocktail representative of Boston’s intoxicating story: its spirit of invention, its hardscrabble politics, its mythology, and the city’s never-ending battle between personal freedom and civic reform-all told through the lens of the bottom of a cocktail glass.

Come early (at 5:30) to the Sam Adams Brewery at 30 Germania Street in Boston on Wednesday, November 12 to go on a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery before the talk. Books will be for sale.

Saturday, November 8, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Earthwatch Summit 2014

You are cordially invited to Earthwatch Summit 2014, a Citizens for Science Exposition, on Saturday, November 8, from 9 – 4 at the Harvard Science Center in Cambridge.  Although the registration deadline has passed, please contact Nicole Barry at 978-450-1235 if you wish to attend.  The event is sponsored by the Earthwatch Institute. This FREE event is a great opportunity to learn about meaningful research from scientists around the world, including Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, Dr. William Moomaw, Chief Science Officer of the Earthwatch Institute, Dr. Richard Primack, Boston University biologist and author of Walden Warming, and Dr. Meg Lowman, Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. You will also learn how citizen science research directly influences wildlife, the environment, and community members. At the Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the world’s brightest scientists.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Protecting the Ash Tree: Wabanaki Diplomacy and Sustainability Science in Maine

Brown ash trees sustain the ancestral basket-making traditions of the Wabanaki people of Maine and play a key role in their creation myths. These trees are now threatened by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in the eastern United States. Wabanaki tribes and basket makers (see basket image below from Hood Museum at Dartmouth) have joined forces with foresters, university researchers, and landowners to develop and deploy actions aimed at preventing an invasion by this insect. Anthropologist Darren Ranco, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research, University of Maine discusses how the stakeholders involved in this interdisciplinary effort are making use of sustainability science and drawing from Wabanaki forms of diplomacy to influence state and federal responses to the emerald ash borer, and prevent the demise of the ash trees that are so central to Wabanaki culture. The program will take place on Tuesday, November 18, from 7 – 8 at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge, and is sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, in collaboration with the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Visit the exhibits in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, open for special evening hours following the lecture. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 15, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Pressed Flower Botanical Artwork

Tower Hill Botanic Garden will welcome instructor Pauline Bergassi on Saturday, November 15, from 2 – 3:30, who will teach you how to create an 8″ x 10″ ready-to-frame pressed botanical artwork.  Pressed flowers, background board, and papers are included in the fee, which is $35 for THBG members, $50 for nonmembers.  Register online at

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Harvest and Prepare Medicinal Roots

Learn how to recognize, harvest and prepare herbal roots for medicinal uses on Saturday, November 15 from 10 – noon at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan.  The free program is sponsored by the Boston Natural Areas Network.  For more information visit Ginger root image from

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