Saturday, May 27 – Rockport Garden Club Plant Sale

The Rockport Garden Club will hold its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 27 at Greentop, 158 Granite Street in Rockport.  Healthy plants grown by garden club members will be available at affordable prices.  Perennials, annuals, herbs, veggies, shrubs, hanging baskets, container gardens, and trees are all available. Also, browse a distinctive array of raffle items and handcrafted garden themed items.  For times and more information visit http://www.rockportgardenclub.org/contactus2.html


Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Lincoln Tree Tour and Champagne Reception

The Lincoln Garden Club is promoting a Tree Tour with champagne reception on June 4, 2017, from 1 – 7. A booklet with guiding maps and information on historical sites and trees will lead people through several historical areas in Lincoln, such as the Lincoln Public Library and its genetically unique twisting catalpa tree. Starting location: Pierce House 17 Weston Rd, Lincoln. Cost: $45 (single), $80 (2 tickets), $150 (4 tickets).  Contact: Daniela Caride at danielacaride@gmail.com or call 262-416-1618.


Thursday, May 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Tour The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Join The Massachusetts Horticultural Society on Thursday, May 25 at 10 am for a 1.5 mile walk through the Rose Kennedy Greenway led by Jesse Brackenbury, Executive Director of the Greenway. Jesse will discuss many of the Greenway’s features, including its horticulture, history (such as Mass Hort’s involvement), programs, public art, and more. Pre-registration required. Mass Hort Members: $15; General Admission: $22. Sign up at www.masshort.org.


Thursday, June 1, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 24, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – WCHS Founders Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Worcester County Horticultural Society founders – see where they lived, what they grew, and learn about the early days of the Society. Meet at the Worcester Common for the approximately ¾-mile walk. Co-sponsored our with Preservation Worcester. The walk will be held at two different times and dates – Thursday, June 1 from 6 – 7, and Saturday, June 24 from 2 – 3. Free for members of sponsoring organizations, $10 for nonmembers.

Pre-registration required at https://towerhillbg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-form—wchs-founders-walking-tour – please note this tour is not at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Directions will be sent upon registration.


Friday, June 9, 6:30 – 10:30 – Glow in the Park

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy presents Glow in the Park on Friday, June 9 from 6:30 – 10:30.  $75 early bird ticket price, $95 in advance, and $125 at the door.  All proceeds support the Conservancy. The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy raises 60% of The Greenway’s budget from private sources and is responsible for maintaining and improving Boston’s exceptional and dynamic mile-and-a-half of urban parks.  Tickets and more information are available online at http://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/


Wednesday, June 28 – Sunday, July 2 – 70th Annual International Lily Show & Symposium

The North American Lily Society will hold the 70th Annual International Lily Show & Symposium beginning Wednesday, June 28 at noon and running through Sunday, July 2 at 3 pm at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri.  Featured events will include Dr. Wilbert Ronald on A Passion for Lilies, a Judges symposium with Kathy Anderson and Warren Summers, a Species Lily Preservation meeting, a tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery, Jan Riggenbach’s lecture Landscaping with Lilies: Complementary Companions, Judith Freeman on Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed … Something Blue?, a tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the keynote address by Dr. Peter Zale on Lily Species Around the World and in Cultivation.  There will be auctions, pollen swaps, demonstrations, and much more.  For Registration and complete information visit http://nals2017.lilies.org/events.html#wed


Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 am – Eco-tour of Roger Williams Park: Artful Stormwater Solutions

Designed by renowned landscape architect Horace Cleveland in 1878, the historic Roger Williams Park (RWP) is located in the southern part of Providence, Rhode Island and contains approximately 435 acres of landscaped areas, including the Roger Williams Park Zoo. The original plan included many of the curvilinear roads that follow the natural landscape and the large lakes and strategically placed man-made structures that still exist today. Unfortunately, like many of the historic parks designed in that era, the water quality of the ponds is severely degraded and suffering from impacts associated with the development of dense urban areas that drain into the ponds. On Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 am, Brian Kuchar RLA, P.E. from the Horsley Witten Group, Inc (HW) and Brian Byrnes, the Deputy Superintendent for the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation (PDPR), will lead a tour of the on-going innovative stormwater management work being completed in Roger William Park.

In 2011, the City of Providence received funding from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 to improve the water quality and biodiversity conditions of the RWP Ponds. The PPRD collaborated with the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) and sub-consultants to develop a comprehensive Water Quality Master Plan to address pond nutrient pollution in the ponds of Roger Williams Park. Since its inception, this project has been a true collaboration between federal, state and local agencies, non-profits, design consultants and contractors and highlight the benefits of public/private partnerships. As part of the project, six innovative stormwater practices were designed, permitted and constructed within the Park’s historic landscape. Practices include a grass surface sand filter, vegetated wet swale, a staged bioswale, with both wet and dry swale practices, a bioretention area, and road replacement with pedestrian shoreline walk with bioswales.

The tour will visit four of the six sites and will:

– Outline the challenges of working within a historic landscape
– Describe each of the six innovative stormwater practices
– Discuss lessons learned for design and construction based upon two-years of operation and maintenance an – Explain the revolving park maintenance program to adapt to 21st century realities
– Provide details of the creation of the Rhode Island Park Conservancy to assist with the planning and funding of park-wide Improvement projects.

Brian Kuchar, RLA, P.E., LEED accredited professional, Horsley Witten Group, Inc. has over 17 years of experience in the combined fields of landscape architecture and environmental engineering including: site planning, green infrastructure, ecological restoration, stormwater management, and land management planning. Brian has been employed in both the public and private sector and has experience with a broad range of projects including institutional, commercial and residential land development, multi use paths, park design, and ecological restoration. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Rhode Island. Brian served as the Project Manager for this Project.

Brian Byrnes, CPSI, Deputy Superintendent – Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, holds a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Rhode Island. Brian has over 30 years of experience as a contractor for site work and landscape construction in Rhode Island. Throughout his career, he has participated in the construction of over 100 storm water retrofits and drainage projects. As Deputy Superintendent, his main responsibility is to oversee design and construction projects throughout the Parks system, focusing on engaging the community and creatively using resources to make unique and sustainable community spaces. Brian brings a unique perspective to this presentation. Prior to joining Providence Parks, Brian served as a contractor project manager and oversaw the construction of four of the five stormwater practices built within the park in 2013.

The Ecological Landscape Alliance tour is $23 for ELA members, $33 for nonmembers. See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/eco-tour-roger-williams-park-artful-stormwater-solutions/#sthash.v7Pne2iI.dpuf


Garden How-To Free On Line Gardening Workshops

Horticulture Magazine has a series of free download’s on its website which give you access to great garden speakers from the comfort of your own home. No new live workshops are currently scheduled as of this date, but you may access recordings of past workshops at http://www.hortmag.com/smart-gardening-workshops

Here are highlights of two presentations of interest. We will feature more in the coming weeks:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: The Winners (Parts 1 and 2)
Monrovia Nursery’s Director of New Plants, Nicholas Staddon, shares his opening day experiences at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 in this unique workshop. He’ll take us through the stalls to see up-and-coming trends in gardens tools and decor, and we’ll get to wander the grounds with him as he shows us the award-winning garden displays. He then takes us on a VIP visit to the Grand Marquis at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, where we’ll see the most exciting plants and new ways they’re being used in today’s gardens. It’s a unique experience, almost like we’ll have arrived in plant heaven. Born and bred in England, Nicholas will also take this opportunity to share a few of his other discoveries he made while in his birthplace.

Create a Kitchen Garden Wherever You Grow

Why do people garden? Money, beauty, great food, and peace of mind are all great reasons. You may not think you have room to garden, but you do. Gardening is one part craft and one part artistic endeavor. Let author Dee Nash show you how to grow wherever you live: apartment, condominium, small house, larger property, or even in a community garden. Learn to create a garden that won’t scare your neighbors, but also gives you great food to eat and plants that awaken your five senses.


Thursday, June 8, 6:00 pm – The Boston Garden Club Party

The Women’s Lunch Place invites you to The Boston Garden Club Party on Thursday, June 8 at 6 pm at The Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury Street.  Celebrate summer and support a neighborhood charity with fellow garden club members from all communities.  Learn how to create beautiful and easy to care for arrangements featuring guest speaker and garden designer Ellen Abdow from Perennial Gardens.  Suggested donation $10 to reserve a spot.  RSVP to events@womenslunchplace.org by June 1.