Saturdays and Sundays, September 24 – 25 and October 1 – 2, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – Apple Days at Old Sturbridge Village

Apples ready for harvest is a favorite sign of fall in New England. Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout our Apple Days weekends, Septembr 24 & 25 and October 1 & 2.

Come tour the orchards, help us pick apples, and taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties. Throughout the day our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit. Then, try your hand at cider-making, and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation (grinding on Saturday, pressing on Sunday.) You can even make your own mulling spices sachet to take home. Details and directions at Admission: $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 3 & Under FREE. This event takes place rain or shine and is held indoors and outdoors.

Saturday, September 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Plant Breeding in the Home Garden

It’s the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You’re not likely to find it at your local garden center. You’re going to have to create it yourself. But don’t worry—it isn’t hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. This Berkshire Botanical Garden talk on Saturday, September 24, co-sponsored with the Berkshire Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, will get you started with the basics of how to produce a new variety of hosta, a tomato perfect for your palette (or climate), a pepper with just the right amount of heat, or a more fragrant rose!

Part of a new generation of gardeners, Joseph Tchonievich earned his B.S. in horticulture from Ohio State University, went on to work for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan, and wrote a book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, spent two years working at the famed rare plants nursery, Arrowhead Alpines, and was named by Organic Gardening magazine as one of “six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” BBG members $20, nonmembers $25. Register online at

Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees

Autumn is a great time to assess your woody plants for shape and structure. This Berkshire Botanical Garden demonstration and workshop, led by Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and arborist Ken Gooch on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30 am, focuses on pruning, including when, why and how to shape, renovate, train, or rejuvenate your woody plants. Learn about pruning tools, timing, and specific techniques suited to the home gardener. Pruning techniques for evergreen and deciduous hedges will also be covered. Wear waterproof outerwear and boots; bring pruners.

Ken Gooch is the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Additionally, he is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and teaches arboriculture at the BBG. He lectures widely on a variety of topics including forest health, pruning, and arboriculture. BBG member price $25, nonmembers $30. Register online at

Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm – Massachusetts Horticultural Society Honorary Medals Dinner

Each year, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society presents the Honorary Medals Dinner where the leading lights of horticulture are honored. The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of horticulturalists, plant innovators, and those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment. This year’s dinner will take place Thursday, October 15 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Hunnewell Building at Elm Bank.

THE GEORGE ROBERT WHITE MEDAL OF HONOR: Kris Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director, Chicago Botanic Garden- Keynote Speaker

Kris Jarantoski (pictured below)  develops and directs the horticulture, plant collections, and facilities and planning of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Since joining the Garden in 1977, Jarantoski has played a major part in the creation of each of the 26 distinct gardens and four natural areas on the Garden‘s 385-acre campus.

During his time at the Garden, Jarantoski has received a number of notable awards. In 2007, the American Horticultural Society presented Jarantoski with its Professional Award for his significant contributions to the field of horticulture. In 2011, the Garden Club of America presented Jarantoski with its Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding service in the field of horticulture.

In July 2014, Jarantoski received the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) Honorary Life Member Award—its most prestigious—recognizing “an enduring commitment and contribution to the organization and leadership in the field of public gardens.” Announcing the award, Casey Sclar, executive director of the APGA, wrote, “Kris’s service to the Association for almost four decades is a beacon of leadership for others to emulate. He not only has taken the Chicago Botanic Garden from fledgling garden to one of the great gardens of the world, but has lifted the entire profession along the way with his charismatic, positive grace.”

Most recently, in November 2014 Jarantoski was awarded the 2015 Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award. The Scott Medal and Award, established in 1929 by Swarthmore College, recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding national contribution to the science and art of gardening; it has long been regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in horticulture.

In addition, the Thomas Roland Medal will be presented to Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Jackson Dawson Memorial Medal will go to The American Chestnut Foundation, and Gold Medals will be awarded to Roger Cook, for his expertise on This Old House and his promotion of the public’s understanding and appreciation of horticulture and gardening, Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton for her support of excellence in horticulture through the Preservation Society of Newport County Flower Show, and Mrs. Maureen Ruettgers for her support of excellence in horticulture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

For information on attending, visit




Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village

On September 24 & 25, celebrate the bounty of the harvest on the spectacular grounds of Hancock Shaker Village, with a farmer’s market, horse-drawn wagon rides and the best local and regional crafts — all for sale! Enjoy our food tent with regional specialties. Listen to music, watch agricultural demonstrations, and even jump in a pile of hay!
Regular Village admission gives you free entry to Country Fair. (Some attractions may require an additional fee.) For complete details visit

Adults $20 / Seniors $18
Youths (ages 13-17) $8 / Children (12 and under) FREE
Members FREE

With your admission ticket you also have access to:

Guided tour of the Brick Dwelling at 11 am and 3 pm
Farm & Garden Tour at 12 noon
Demonstration of the water-powered turbine at 1 pm
Live Shaker music and dance performance at 1:30 pm
Hands-on activities for visitors of all ages in the renovated and enlarged Discovery Barn throughout the day
Fascinating craft and trade demonstrations by costumed interpreters
Miles of hiking trails, including the mile-long interpreted Farm & Forest Trail
Indoor and outdoor picnic areas.

Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 10 – Topsfield Fair

Come and enjoy eleven days of agriculture, entertainment, and great food, from Friday, September 30 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm) through Monday, October 10 (October 1-10, 10:00 am – 11:00 am) at the Topsfield Fair, 207 Boston Street in Topsfield. The colorful and often exciting history of Topsfield Fair began in 1818 when the Essex Agricultural Society, the non-profit organization that owns the Topsfield Fair, was officially granted a charter on June 12th of that year.

The goal of the fledgling Society, formed by a group of “practical farmers” who first met on February 16, 1818, was “to promote and improve the agricultural interests of farmers and others in Essex County.” Now, nearly 200 years later, the Society still strives to do this, “to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair.” For complete schedule of activities visit

Thursday, September 29, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Massachusetts Green Career Conference

The 2016 Massachusetts Green Career Conference will take place Thursday, September 29 from 9 – 4 at the Worcester DCU Center in Worcester. There will be breakout sessions on Career Development, Business, Government, Introductory Careers, and Education, along with a Summit where Massachusetts associations’ representatives will present on employer and employee resources, job openings, education training benefits and sustainability trends. After a Lunch Roundtable, additional sessions will focus on Upward Trends for Women and Minorities, Entrepreneurs, Resources for Employers Who Are Recruiting, Massachusetts Legislation and Clean Energy Jobs, City Planning, Food & Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate Careers, Landscapes, Trees and Urban Infrastructure, The Media, Health & Toxin Reduction, High Schools, and College & The Future of Higher Education. For registration information visit


Monday October 17, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, & Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – 82nd New England Regional Annual Meeting

Join the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. on October 17 and 18 at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 11 Beaver Street in Milford, for the 82nd Annual New England Regional Meeting.  A Journey Through the World of Daffodils by Catherine Felton is just one of many scheduled activities. A full schedule and registration form are available at Registration deadline September 17!


Saturday, September 24, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – Gore Place Fall Festival

Come celebrate fall with delicious local food, local craft beers, live local bands and entertainment for the kids. The 50-acre Gore Place estate in Waltham will be the perfect site for this “new tradition”. Tickets are just $10 adults (food and drink sold separately). Kids 12 and under and Gore Place members admitted free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Free parking onsite.  Beer by Cape Ann Brewing Company and Hopsters. Music by Damn Tall Buildings, The Roberto Cassan Trio, and Boston Scottish Fiddle Club Orchestra.  Tickets:

Saturday, September 24, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, September 25, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Begonia and Gesneriad Shows

Discover splendid examples of a huge variety of Begonias and Gesneriads sporting a range of color, leaf texture, and patterns in this judged show. Enter your own plants for the exhibition. Get tips for growing these favorite houseplants, and select from a wide variety of plants for sale.  Presented by the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society and the New England Gesneriad Society on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston. Free with Admission. For more information visit