The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpa, is one of only three cultivated fruits native to North America. The story of this perennial vine began as the glaciers retreated about fifteen thousand years ago. Through the centuries the cranberry has provided critical sustenance for humans, on land, at sea, and in times of war. It was even offered in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles II in 1677. Today, it is a powerful tool in the fight against various forms of cancer. Author Susan Playfair interviewed scientists studying the health benefits of cranberries, growers in several states, geneticists mapping the cranberry genome, a plant biologist who provided her with the first regression analysis of cranberry flowering times, and a migrant beekeeper to weave together the history and culture of the cranberry and assess the possible effects of climate change on this North American resource. America’s Founding Fruit will be available for purchase and signing after this October 20 lecture at the Arnold Arboretum beginning at 7 pm in the Hunnewell Building. Fee $5 Arboretum members, $10 nonmembers. Register online at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1.
Esther Klahne guides you in capturing autumn fruits’ shapes and highlights as well as achieving a balanced composition. Working on vellum, choose your subject from an assortment of acorn or chestnut specimens, either your own or those provided. This Class, sponsored by the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, will take place on four successive Saturdays, November 1 – 22, from 9:30 – 12:30, on campus. The cost is $200 for Friends, $250 for non-members. Register by calling 781-283-3094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tuition includes the cost of the provided vellum.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, presents An Autumn Fable: The Art of Don Carney & John Ross of PATCH NYC, which will be on view October 4 – October 26.
The internationally known artists and designers will debut their latest collection, inspired by Tower Hill Botanic Garden and installed throughout the galleries. Their work has been featured in The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. PATCH NYC has also produced special collections for Barnes & Noble, West Elm, and Target.
For more information visit www.towerhillbg.org.
Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History at 2 pm on Saturday, October 25 for a screening of The Lost Bird Project, a film that honors five extinct North American birds: the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon. Directed by Deborah Dickson, the film follows sculptor Todd McGrain as he sets out to create large bronze memorials to these lost birds and to install them in the locations where they were last seen in the wild. A discussion with McGrain and Andy Stern, the executive producer of the film, will follow the screening. A book about the project will also be available for purchase at the museum store. Free with museum admission.
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Making your own fruit preserves requires a delicate balance of science, seasonal produce, and a touch of creative flair. Learn about what differentiates preserves, jellies, jams, and butters in this October 19 Cambridge Center for Adult Education Class, held from 1 – 4 at 56 Brattle Street in Cambridge. Snack on homemade shortbread jam cookies before rolling up your sleeves to process varietal apples such as Braeburn and Gala to make delicious rosemary-apple jelly and classic apple butter, then leave with a jar of your homemade goods to enjoy at home! $80 tuition. Image from www.bbcgoodfood.com. Register online at http://www.ccae.org/catalog/detail.php?id=573158.
“Make the cut” with Arboretum Head Arborist John DelRosso on Sunday, October 19 from 9 – 12 at Peters Hill Gate at the Arnold Arboretum in this practical workshop. John will quickly review basic chainsaw operation and safety. He will then demonstrate sawing techniques and guide you in felling and cutting using practice logs in the Arboretum’s wood recycling area. Bring your saw, if you have one. If you don’t own a saw but intend to purchase one, wait until you’ve attended the class to learn which styles and features are best for your size and needs. Participants must bring safety goggles, gloves, and ear protection. Dress for the outdoors and bring a snack and beverage. Registrants must sign an Assumption of Risk and Release to participate. Fee $45 Arboretum member, $55 nonmember. Register at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1.
Highlighting the intricate beauty of plants and nature, Josh Falk’s Small Worlds: Through a Small Glass Window is an ongoing macro-photo series shot with the intent of not only showcasing the subtleties of what we often take for granted in
nature, but to also create new abstract landscapes through manipulation of depth of focus and segmentation of the larger picture. As if the photos themselves and their glass-like finish are windows into a brief moment of time, Falk invites the viewer to look out, or perhaps in, to a new and reimagined world of nature and its complex beauty. The Arnold Arboretum will host the opening reception for this show in the Hunnewell Building on Saturday, October 25, from 1 – 3, and the exhibit will remain on view through February 3, 2015. For more information visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.
Celebrate autumn with popular family activities, continuous live entertainment, 113 food and craft vendors, educational workshops, a farmers market, silent auction and numerous tag sales, a spectacular plant and bulb sale, Hall of Pumpkins and a Haunted House. The Berkshire Botanical Gardens holds its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, from 10 – 5, at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge. Adults $5, children under 12 free. For more information visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.
Pumpkin patches provide the base for this Boston Center for Adult Education class offering dedicated to the gorgeous gourds known for their sweet, autumnal aromatics. We’ll bypass the traditional pumpkin custard pie and head into unchartered pumpkin territory as we explore breads, delicate pastries, and cupcakes based on this bright orange seasonal vegetable-masked-as-fruit. Sweetening it up with cinnamon and making it more savory with salts, you’ll have a cornucopia of pumpkin feasting in this hands-on class. This course, taught by Dustin Rennells on Monday, October 20, from 6 – 9 at the BCAE building, 122 Arlington Street in Boston, will include alcohol and nuts in various recipes, please plan accordingly. Tuition is $40 for general public, $34 for BCAE members. Image from www.pinchmysalt.com. Register online at http://www.bcae.org/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=11601&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=5&int_catalog_id=0.
The Boston Poultry Exposition is America’s first and oldest poultry show, having begun in 1849. It is held on the first Saturday and Sunday in November each year at the Four Winds Farm, 31 Ennis Road in North Oxford, Massachusetts. The show will be open to the public on Saturday, November 1 from 12 noon to 6 pm, and on Sunday from 9 – 11. Entry forms are available for download at www.bostonpoultryexpo.com (entries postmarked after October 17 will be charged a double entry fee.)
Some of the catagories are Champion Large Fowl, Champion Bantam, Champion Duck, Champion Goose, Champion Turkey, Champion Guinea, and Champion Pigeon. There is a junior show and a raffle as well. For more information email Stephen Blash at email@example.com, or call 508-987-8029. Photo by Charlie Sutherland from www.poultryshowcentral.com.
Spring and summer flowers produce a bounty of wild fall fruits that we will discover in this hands-on workshop on fruit form, function, and diversity, taught by Judith Sumner at Garden in the Woods, Framingham, on Sunday, October 19, from 10 – 4. We will study the significance of fruits in the flowering plant life cycle and then examine and dissect diverse fruit types, from capsules and follicles to pomes and drupes. You will learn fruit terminology and practice constructing and using dichotomous keys to sort out the remarkable variety of fruits produced by flowering plants. We will look at seed-dispersal mechanisms, the connection between fruit and seed forms, and strategies for seed dispersal. You are encouraged to bring fruit specimens from your own gardens for dissection and identification. Pack a bag lunch. $80 for NEWFS members, $96 for nonmembers. Image of serviceberry from Christian Science Monitor. Register at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/wild-fruits.
Nuts and seeds form the basic foundation of many Middle Eastern recipes – both savory and sweet. On Monday, October 20, from 6:30 – 9, Sofra Pastry Chef Emily Weber will illustrate how to use nuts more fully in your pastry dishes by experimenting with nut flour. Learn how to make Persian Love Cake: a moist, gluten-free Almond Rose Cake; spice up your house parties with Sweet and Smoky Pecans, and wow your dinner guests with a Sofra favorite – Black Walnut Baklava. Emily will finish off the evening with Fig and Almond Biscuits. Registration: $85. Picture from www.images.meredith.com. Class takes place at Sofra Bakery, 1 Belmont Street in Cambridge, and you may register on line through Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-you-nuts-tickets-12225684351.
Save your root vegetables throughout the winter with homemade sauerkraut and pickles! Learn how to pickle anything from beets to turnips and turn your cabbage into delicious sauerkraut. Pre-registration required for this free Boston Natural Areas Network class, to be held Saturday, October 18 from 9:30 – 11:30 at the Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen, 560 Albany Street in Boston. Contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Image from www.garlicfarm.ca.
Many North American native plants have been selected and cleverly repackaged for use in ornamental gardens. Often given charming names like ‘Pow-Wow Wild Berry,’ ‘Chocolate,’ or ‘Running Tapestry,’ they are barely recognizable as the cousins of the plants so familiar in the nearby wild landscape. These glamorous cousins can be lovely indeed, and in some cases are particularly well-suited for use in modern gardens. But sometimes the native plant, neither repackaged nor altered, is the perfect choice. Join Joann Vieira on Saturday, October 11, from 10 – 12 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, for a presentation and garden walk to look at North American plants used in formal garden settings and cultivated using sustainable gardening practices. Co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society. $20 for members of sponsoring organizations, $30 for nonmembers. Image of ‘Pow-Wow Wild Berry’ echinacea from White Flower Farm. Register at http://www.newfs.org/learn/our-programs/wild-plants-in-the-not-so-wild-garden.
With the guidance of bestselling cookbook author Cathy Walthers and the stunning photography of Alison Shaw, every home cook can explore the multitude of ways this most healthy of foods can be made into delectable and satisfying meals. From Baked Eggs Over Kale in the morning to kale snacks and appetizers, salads, soups, side dishes and main courses like Pork Braised with Kale and Cider for dinner, Kale, Glorious Kale will be your complete guide to the greatest of green vegetables.
Catherine Walthers is an award-winning journalist and food writer. She has worked for the past 15 years as a private chef and cooking instructor in the Boston area and on Martha’s Vineyard. She is food editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, and the author of Raising the Salad Bar, as well as co-author of Greens, Glorious Greens.
This event takes place at Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. Porter Square Books in Cambridge is delighted to partner with Kickstand, cousin to Cafe Zing here in the store. Watch for more PSB at the ‘Stand events in 2015!
Dr. Paul K. Barten, Professor and Honors Program Director, Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will speak on Thursday, October 16, from 7 – 8:30 in the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum on the topic of The Origins and Legacy of the Catskill Forest Preserve. The Catskill Forest Preserve was established in 1885 and protected as “wild forest, forever” with an 1894 amendment to New York’s Constitution. This designation represented a major change in public opinion and political will as well as an early success for the fledgling conservation movement. The landscape paintings of Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and other Hudson River School artists, the stirring fiction of Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper, and the writings of George Perkins Marsh and John Burroughs had a dramatic and formative influence on societal values and attitudes. This opened a new era in which the damage to forest ecosystems by tanbark peelers, “cut and run” loggers, and market hunters could no longer be reconciled with the “the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run” and a thriving tourism industry. The presentation will conclude with some thoughts on where we appear to be as a nation on the forest preservation—conservation—utilization spectrum in the 21st century. Fee $5 Arboretum member, $10 nonmember. Thomas Cole painting of Catskill Creek from www.images.fineartamerica.com. Register online at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1.
The Arnold Arboretum crabapple collection has long been recognized for its importance to the horticultural and scientific worlds. Because of the Arboretum’s many introductions and broad distribution of both cultivars and previously undiscovered Malus species from wild origin, it has been hailed as the “ ‘Mother Arboretum’ for flowering crabapples” (Fiala 1994). This collection remains popular with Arboretum visitors, especially during spring bloom and fall fruit display. Join the Arboretum on Sunday, October 19 from 1 – 3 in the crabapple collection on Peters Hill to enjoy a fall afternoon amid this historic collection. Activities will include a tour of the collection by our curatorial staff focusing on Arboretum-bred hybrid introductions, and information about pruning techniques and timing. For more information visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.
Restoring the Beauty and Function of Residential Landscapes is the title of this year’s Ecological Landscaping Alliance Season’s End Summit, to be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
$85.00 ELA Member – $110 Non-Member, including Lunch and Networking with Colleagues
Space is limited – Register today! – See more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/11509/#sthash.Gtq3gges.dpuf
Featuring leading landscape experts who will share their expertise and landscape restoration projects that demonstrate:
Reestablishing healthy soil and healthy plant communities
Addressing diminished garden performance
Restoring ecological function and landscape aesthetics
The morning presentations will feature case studies representing the beautiful as well as practical aspects of restoration. The afternoon will include a panel discussion on invasive plant control, a tour of the Crane Estate restoration project, and an inspiring wrap-up presentation.
This educational event will give landscape professionals an opportunity to gather at the end of the season to review and reflect on the season; learn from respected industry leaders; network with other like-minded professionals; and get inspired for the next year – all around the topic of restoration.
Innovative new technologies may enable scientists to manipulate ancient and modern DNA to safeguard ecosystems from invasive organisms, help species recover their genetic diversity, and address issues of climate change. However, as geneticist George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will discuss, while resurrecting mammoths could help maintain the Arctic permafrost, such developments require thoughtful consideration of complex system interactions and potential unintended consequences. This Harvard Museum of Natural History program will take place Wednesday, October 15, beginning at 6 pm in the Geological Lecture Hall at 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge. Free and open to the public. Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Attend the opening reception on Saturday, October 11, from 1 – 3 of a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition sponsored in part by United South End Settlements and the Boston Arts Commission, in coordination with Boston Parks and Recreation Department. On view through October 24, 2014, the exhibition is set in Franklin Square Park, 1536 Washington Street, Boston, in the South End.
These artworks will serve to engage the public in considering the relationship between art and the environment.