Sunday, November 17, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Ecological Impacts of Climate Change in New England

Ailene Kane Ettinger will speak at Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts, on Sunday, November 17, from 1:30 – 3:30 on the topic Ecological Impacts of Climate Change in New England, in a program sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association, the New England Wild Flower Society, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Audubon Society Drumlin Farm.  The fee is $26 for members of any sponsoring organization and $32 for non-members.

Are alpine environments threatened because forests may expand uphill with global warming?  Is maple syrup likely to remain a viable product in New England?  How will salt marshes and other coastal habitats be affected by sea level rise?  Will we see more invasive plants in New England.  Learn what scientists know about climate change, including past warnings, and what we can expect for the future.  Dr. Ettinger will discuss what remains uncertain and what can be expected for New England’s flora, fauna, and unique habitats.  For more information email or call 617-436-5838.  Register online at

Thursday, November 14, 4:30 pm – Opening Reception: The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

Modernist landscape architect Daniel Urban Kiley (1912-2004) achieved acclaim for his visionary landscape designs, numbering more than 1,000 worldwide. In 2013 The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s annual Landslide compendium will be presented as a special retrospective of Kiley’s life and prolific body of work. As a part of the retrospective, an exhibition of photography, showcasing some of Kiley’s most important commissions as they appear today, will open at the Boston Architectural College where it will remain on display through 2013, before traveling to other venues nationwide.

An exclusive opening reception will be held at the College’s McCormick Gallery, 320 Newbury Street in Boston, on November 14, 2013 beginning at 4:30pm.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm – Holiday Sparkle

The North Reading Garden Club will present renowned floral designer Bill Graham at a meeting on Wednesday, November 20, beginning at 7 pm, entitled Holiday Sparkle. Mr. Graham has been a fixture in the North Shore for twenty five years, and is the proprietor of Beautiful Things, Ltd. in Salem. The event will take place at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 235 Park Street in North Reading.  The cost is $10 in advance (contact Lisi Lesch at or $15 at the door.

Thursday, November 21, 6:00 pm – From Buffalo to Boston: Olmsted’s Evolving Vision of Urban Park Systems

The Friends of Fairsted presents From Buffalo to Boston: Olmsted’s Evolving Vision of Urban Park Systems, a lecture by Francis R. Kowsky, PhD,  SUNY Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus and author of the the book The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System, on Thursday, November 21, at Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street in Brookline.  The reception and book signing will begin at 6, with the lecture at 7.

Beginning in 1868, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux planned the first metropolitan park system in America for Buffalo, New York.  They designed three distinct parks linked by “parkways,” majestic, tree canopied boulevards that were linear parks in themselves.  Displaying a map of Buffalo at the Paris Exhibition in 1878, Olmsted called it the best planned city in the world.  That same year, he began to apply the concept he had pioneered in Buffalo to the Boston metropolitan area.  Here, he planned six parks stretching from the Charles River to the harbor, a remarkable chain of green spaces today known as the Emerald Necklace.

Free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Email  Limited street parking is available.  Public parking is not allowed in the Wheelock parking lot.

Thursday, November 21, 6:00 pm – Seeing Earthquakes Before They Happen

Geophysicist Brendan Meade, using satellite technology, generates images of current fault-line activity to help predict earthquakes and to better understand earthquake cycles and the tectonic development of continents. Find out more about his research and the progress being made in predicting the timing and magnitude of earthquakes on Thursday, November 21, at 6 pm, in a lecture sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking is available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage after 5:00 pm.

Holiday Wreaths – Don’t Forget the Poinsettias

We go on and on about our beautiful wreaths, but let’s not forget the poinsettias.  Our Garden Club of the Back Bay plants are huge – six inch pots, at least four main stems – healthy and full, a complete design statement.  They will arrive carefully wrapped for protection from the elements.  Order one or order multiples to create a poinsettia forest.  You could even dispense with a tree!  Order here.

Friday, November 15, 7:30 pm – Maize, Mysteries of an Ancient Grain

Edward S. Buckler is a Research Geneticist at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. On Friday, November 15, beginning at 7:30 at the Smith College McConnell Hall Room 103 at The Botanic Garden of Smith College, 16 College Lane in Northhampton, he will be talking about genetic diversity of corn and how this diversity is the product of evolution and adaption over the last 5 million years and how it provides the potential for creating a more sustainable crop to satisfy nutritional needs facing many parts of the world. The lecture is free.

Thursday, November 21, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Special Salute to Toni!

Please join Honorary Chair Henry Lee and Chair Pamela Lazares, along with the Friends of the Mounted Unit for complimentary libations and hors d’oeuvre in their continuing support of the Boston’s Park Rangers Mounted Unit on Thursday, November 21, from 6 – 8 in the Admirals Bank, John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon Street, 22nd floor, Boston. $150 per ticket.

Pamela Lazares invites you as well to a private reception honoring retiring Commissioner of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Antonia M. Pollak, from 5 – 6.  The $500 VIP ticket includes the general reception.  RSVP by November 16 – you may do so online and pay with PayPal at

Check in at the front desk, first floor of the John Hancock building – please bring proof of identification.



Friday, November 15, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Transformation: Through the Eyes of a Designer

Transformation: A Design Showcase in Rapid Images, features the work of landscape designers who have rejuvenated abandoned and tired spaces into places which inspire hope and delight. Presentations by contributing artists and contractors show the many layers, skills, and creative inspirations that go into making a truly memorable landscape.

Designers’ presentations will be in a Photo Flash format: Each presenter gets 10 slides and 20 seconds per slide to tell their story. The event takes place at Lexington Depot, home of the Lexington Historical Society, 1332 Massachusetts Avenue (Depot Square), Lexington, Massachusetts, on Friday, November 15, from 6 – 8.

So many stories to tell “Quickly”: From empty lot to happy dog park in Dorchester; from post-construction high school devastation to award winning campus in Lexington; from inner-city Boston grunge to fabulous neighborhood oasis; from tired turf to soothing garden for mourning kids in Arlington.

How do designers envision and create these miraculous transformations? Come find out, see the stories, mingle with designers, sip, munch.

Transformation: Through the Eyes of a Designer is a benefit event. All proceeds are used for the improvement of community parks and gardens. COGdesign, a Waltham-based non-profit, works exclusively with under-resourced organizations or in underserved neighborhoods. For further information, please visit the COGdesign web site (link below).

Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and includes appetizers. Specialty beer and wine available.

Register on or mail your check to: Transformation/COGdesign, 14 Buxton Lane, Waltham, MA 02451.

Sunday, November 10, 2:00 pm – Loudville Lead Mines: An Historical Discussion and Exhibit

Wayne Perrea will present an illustrated lecture entitled An Historical Discussion and Exhibit of the Loudville Lead Mines on Sunday, November 10, beginning at 2 pm at the Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark Street, Easthampton.  This is a fund raiser for the Pascommuck Conservation Trust’s Open Space Campaign, and the suggested donation is $5.

Friday, November 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Inventing Wine: A New History of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasure

Join The Arnold Arboretum on Friday, November 15, from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Weld Hill Building, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale, for a lecture and informal wine tasting with Paul Lukacs, professor by day and wine connoisseur by night.  Paul will speak on the subject of his most recent book in which he chronicles the 8,000 year history of wine, from spiritual and bodily nourishment to an everyday pleasure.

Paul is the author of Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures; American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine, winner of the James Beard Foundation, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Clicquot Wine Book of the Year awards; and The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages.  He has been writing about wine and its cultural contexts for nearly twenty years.  Attend the lecture and sample several vintages (must be 21 or older). $40 ($30 if an Arnold Arboretum member.)  Phone 617-384-5277 to register.

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm – Gem, Mineral, Rock and Fossil Show

Saturday, November 9 is the 17th annual Pioneer Valley Institute Gem, Mineral, Rock and Fossil Show and Sale at Greenfield Community College’s new Dining Commons in the Main Building. (If you haven’t been to GCC, don’t worry. You won’t get lost! Also, the newly reconstructed Core area with the Dining Commons is just beautiful.) The show opens at 9:30 and runs to 4 pm. ADMISSION IS FREE!

Besides geological specimens from around the world, come and see jewelry, beads, cabochons, and many other “gems” from the earth. Talented local artisans have crafted many items. The Jurassic Roadshow showcases specimens from the Connecticut Valley. Talk to the expert collectors. Bring in your specimens for identification. On display: an amazingly preserved baby dinoprint. You can also take a tour of the GCC Rock Park at the rear of the Main Building.

At 1:00 Historian Bob Herbert will present a program on ROSWELL FIELD, the owner of the famous Barton Cove dinosaur footprint quarry where so many Amherst College Hitchcock specimens were collected. This man, now mostly forgotten, was an important layman-scientist who met and corresponded with many world-famous scientists. You can see the whole Bob Herbert journal article here: .

Avoid Decorating with Invasive Plants

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has sent us the following reminder:

During the holiday season, many people use plant material gathered from their yard to decorate their houses or businesses. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) encourage people to avoid using exotic, invasive plants such as Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) in holiday decorations. Though these plants are attractive, it is best not to use them. Birds eat fruits from wreaths and garlands and the digested, but still-viable seeds, sprout where deposited. Exotic, invasive plants create severe environmental damage, invading open fields, forests, wetlands, meadows, and backyards, and crowding out native plants. Bittersweet can grow over and even kill mature trees. These invasive plants are extremely difficult to control: when cut off, the remaining plant segment in the ground will re-sprout. It is illegal to import or sell Oriental bittersweet and Multiflora rose in any form (e.g. plants, cuttings, or wreaths) in Massachusetts.

Home and business property gardeners, garden club members, nursery staff, landscapers and conservationists can learn more about invasive plants from DFW’s “A Guide to Invasive Plants.” The guide includes invasive plant descriptions, photographs, the plant’s regulatory status, key identification characteristics, habitats where the plant is likely to be found, type of threat the plant poses to native species and their habitats, its current distribution, and place of origin. Similar plant species are also briefly described to aid in plant identification.

To purchase a guide, stop in the Field Headquarters office in West Boylston (note new address) during business hours or send a request to “Invasive Plant Guide,” DFW Field HQ, NHESP, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA, 01583, and include a check for $5 (per copy) payable to: Comm. of Mass.–NHESP. Sorry, but DFW does not accept credit cards. Learn more about invasive plants from DFW’s Natural Heritage webpage at: Find this and other NHESP publications at:

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Creative Winter Flower Arrangements

The Wednesday, November 13 meeting of the Somerville Garden Club features a demonstration by experienced florist and gardener (and SGC member) Tom Sopko. Using the late-in-the-year plant materials found in our own back yards, Tom will create arrangements for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Winter. While building the arrangements, Tom will discuss texture, color, scale, plus practical considerations for successful, long-lasting floral arrangements. His creations will be added to the raffle that ends every SGC monthly meeting, which takes place at the Tufts Administration Building, 167 Holland Street, Second Floor, Somerville, from 7 – 9.

The Somerville Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month; meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Each meeting includes club announcements, a horticultural question-and-answer segment, a lecture and/or demonstration, and a raffle of donated plants and garden items.

Parking is available onsite, and the building is a short walk from the Davis Square Redline T station. Meetings are on the second floor, wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, November 16, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Talk and Taste Low Calorie Cooking

Tufts University Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, in partnership with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, invites you to a Talk and Taste: Low-Calorie Cooking, a lecture on cooking low caloric dishes with preparation of Gingered Carrot Chicken Salad and Green Coconut Curry Sauce, along with gardening tips and tasting.  The event will take place Saturday, November 16, from 2 – 3:30 on the mezzanine level of 711 Washington Street in Boston.

The event will feature Dr. Susan Roberts, Susan Hammond, Lisa Kamer, and Lisa Caldwell. Registration is $5, is required, and space is limited to 200 people.  Register at

Saturday, November 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Bring Nature into the Garden

Join landscape designer Bridghe McCracken on Saturday, November 16 from 9 – 1 at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a detailed program on how to create a biodiverse garden habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, bats and dragonflies—good for both the garden and the gardener. This program will give participants practical knowledge for how to plan and provide for wildlife based on ecological principles. Learn about the plants and plans needed to design a garden full of life for the property. BBG members $40 nonmembers $50.  Register at 413-298-3926 or online at

Bridghe McCracken has been designing biologically vibrant landscapes for over ten years. Her design and building company, Helia Land Design, specializes in ecological landscape design, land stewardship, ecosystem restoration and designing food systems. She is a certified Organic Landcare Professional from the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. In 2006 she began a partnership with Project Native as their Chief Landscape Designer, which allows her to stay abreast of the latest available native plants. She teaches permaculture as an adjunct professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Beginning Orchid Growing Workshop

You don’t need a greenhouse to grow orchids. Learn the essentials to achieve success on your windowsill. Historic New England’s staff at the Lyman Estate Greenhouse will cover watering, fertilizer, repotting, light and selection. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 9 from 10 – noon at 185 Lyman Street in Waltham, and costs $20 for HNE members, $25 for nonmembers. Reserve by calling 781-891-1985.

Saturday, November 16, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – A Park for All Seasons Monte Carlo Evening

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will hold its 10th annual fund raiser A Park for All Seasons Monte Carlo Evening on Saturday, November 16 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel from 7 – 11.  The entire complex of function rooms will be the setting for a memorable evening of dancing, dining and games of chance.  Patron Spirits, Al Dente Restaurant, Boston Pushcart, Benevento’s. and CL Waterfront Properties LLC headline the sponsor list.  The evening will start with a reception from 7 – 8 featuring passed hors d’oeuvre, live background music, a very special silent auction, and a short speaking program about the Park.  From 8 – 11, the Ballroom doors will open and gaming will begin with Roulette, Blackjack, Craps. and Texas Hold ‘em Poker.  Guests will enjoy a series of fine dining Chefs’ offerings as well as dancing under the stars in the Old North Skylight Room with the Luke Marantz quintet.  Complimentary Patron signature drinks will be offered throughout the evening in addition to the full bar.  Tickets are available for purchase at for $135.

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 pm – The Castle of Mey

The British Society invites you to another evening of “Britishness”.  On Wednesday, November 13, hear The Castle of Mey & Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother with Lt. Col. and Mrs. James Murray.  The presentation will take place at The Chilton Club, 152 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, (entrance on Dartmouth Street) by courtesy of Hope Baker.  The Cocktail Reception begins at 6 pm, the presentation at 6:30, and an optional dinner with the speaker begins at 7:30.  Reception and presentation: $50; with optional dinner: $150.  If you choose the reception, presentation and seating at the speaker’s table: $200.  Respond no later than November 8 at  Valet parking at the door, $20 payable upon arrival.  Please note The Chilton Club does not permit the use of cellular telephones and requires business attire.  Please respect these rules.

Holiday Wreaths – A Giving Opportunity

For years we have emphasized that Garden Club of the Back Bay wreaths make terrific holiday presents.  $30 will buy a fresh balsam standard size wreath with one of our gorgeous bows – wouldn’t your book group friends, your hairdresser and nail technician, the Girl Scout leader, or next door neighbor like one?  A fully decorated standard wreath like the one below is a bargain at $75.  Fulfill some of your holiday obligations right now.  A beautiful gift card is attached saying the wreath was created expressly for the recipient by The Garden Club of the Back Bay at your request.  The order form may be found by clicking here.


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