Sunday, June 22, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Fruitlands Centennial Farm to Fork Dinner

Tickets are going fast for the birthday party of the century, to be held at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts on Sunday, June 22, from 5 – 8:30 pm.

Help celebrate Fruitlands’ centennial with a sumptuous farm to fork dinner in the field. We’ll start with tours of the Museum buildings and hors d’oeuvre under the tent then move outside to enjoy a sumptuous, locally sourced seated dinner under a summer sky, prepared by Fireside Catering from Gibbet Hill Grill.

Join us to raise a glass to Fruitlands’ 100th year and raise funds for our education and outreach programs. Purchase tickets ($150 per person) at http://www.fruitlands.org/f2fdinner. Direct questions to kcastorano@fruitlands.org.

Saturday, June 14, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm – Garden Dialogues: Connecticut

On Saturday, June 14th, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Connecticut through the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

From 10:30 – 11:30, visit a Greenwich residence with Landscape Architect Susan Cohen. This recently built waterfront home in Bellehaven, positioned to save an old magnolia tree, is reached by a sinuous drive that rises to offer refreshing views of Long Island Sound. Once a rugged hillside, this site has been redesigned to be in quiet harmony with the setting, and multiple landscape walls of native stone echo the stone facade of the house. Features include a crabapple orchard, a cutting garden, and a small terrace overlooking the Sound. Rough-hewn stone steps and a lawn path lead down, through sweeps of perennial grasses, to the gazebo at the water’s edge.

From 2:00 – 4:00, Janice Parker will take you to a Garden within a Garden in New Canaan (pictured below, in a picture by Neil Landino.) Inspired by a sunny memory of an Italian vineyard, this five-acre landscape successfully integrates an entertaining terrace, vegetable garden, tennis court and prominent pool. The vegetable gardens and fruiting trees were laid out on a strong grid intertwined with masonry. Each space is bordered with broad fences softened by rose bushes and perennials to complete this Bella Italia landscape.

More gardens will be added. Each separate garden tour is priced at $45. Register online at http://tclf.org/event/garden-dialogues-connecticut.

Sunday, June 15, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Fun in the Park: Parkland Games

Sunday is a day of rest, but it doesn’t mean you have to. Have a little fun! Sunday Fun in the Park is a community day promoting healthy living and sense of place. Though geared towards youth and families, there are a variety of activities for all ages, from music and fishing to games and arts & crafts.

All Sunday Fun in the Park activities are free and open to the public. Activities run from 2:00–4:00pm and are located at the Fiedler Field (near the Hatch Shell and the Fiedler Footbridge). For more information visit www.esplanadeassociation.org.

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“A unique opportunity for family, friends, neighbors, and entire communities to come together to play!” Knucklebones, a recreational programming company dedicated to inspiring athletics for all ages for the love of play, will be providing a variety of games geared towards every age group. Whether you want to try hoola hooping, volleyball, bocce, field hockey or corn hole, we have games for all ages and welcome you to get out there and have some fun!

Fishing off the Docks
Reel ‘em in! TEA offers kids enthusiastic to fish a chance to catch as many as they can off of the River Dock. Grab a rod and try your hand at nabbing one!.

Model Boat Sailing
Parents and kids can learn to maneuver miniature model boats on the Charles River.

Thursday, June 5, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Shade Gardening

We love trees in New England, so we have a lot of shade.  But that doesn’t have to mean a garden without color and drama.  Explore the world of shade tolerant plants and ideas for a great garden under the trees.  This Massachusetts Horticultural Society program is led by the Massachusetts Master Gardeners on Thursday, June 5 from 7 – 8:30 in the Parkman Room in the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley.  $10 Mass Hort members, $15 non-members.  Find out more at www.masshort.org. Image from www.enchantedgardensdesign.com.

Saturday, June 7, 5:30 pm – Summer Produce & Cheese

The summer harvest in New England brings a windfall of versatile produce that begs to be used in exciting and innovative ways! Join Andrea, Formaggio Kitchen South End’s head chef and Kyra, cheesemonger and local farm enthusiast, for a lesson in the various applications of the best produce of the year. The pair will walk you through some great and simple dishes, plus the best ways to match cheeses with local, seasonal foods. The class will be held at the Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex, 67 Smith Place in Cambridge, and the price is $65. To purchase a spot, register online at http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/classes, or call 617-354-4750. Please have your credit card number ready. If you have any questions, please email classes@formaggiokitchen.com.  Image from staceysnacksonline.com.

Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Wild Harvest: Sharing Mother Nature’s Bounty Edible and Medicinal Field Study

Join herbalist Dina Falconi and explore the plants of the gardens, meadows and woodland edges of the Berkshire Botanical Garden on Saturday, June 21 from 10 – 12. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills, and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. This walk will include practical information on harvest and preparation. Bring a notepad, camera and water bottle. Following the program, Dina will be selling and signing her beautiful book, Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.

Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter and permaculturalist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than 20 years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. She is also the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody.  More information may be found at www.botanicalartspress.com.

BBG members – $30; nonmembers – $35. Register at http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ai1ec_event/wild-harvest-sharing-mother-natures-bounty-edible-and-medicinal-field-study/?instance_id=2614.

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Tuesday, June 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Making Herbal Salves

Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs returns to the Polly Hill Arboretum in Martha’s Vineyard for her popular salve-making workshop. This fun hands-on workshop on Tuesday, June 17 from 1 – 3 starts with a walk to identify and collect medicinal herbs and weeds on the Arboretum grounds. Next, participants make their own oil infusions and beeswax-based ointments. Learn practical knowledge on when and how to use herbal salves and take home your useful creations. Supplies included. $45/$40 for PHA members. Please pre-register, space is limited.  Call 508-693-9426.

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Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29 – The 2014 Newport Flower Show – Journey: Grand Vistas

The same titans who built the summer cottages of Newport joined forces to create luxurious travel while also building the infrastructure which would forever change industry in America and become a model for the world. Climb aboard as The Preservation Society of Newport County journeys to grand vistas when the trip was as splendid as the destination! You’ll definitely want to be a part of the Opening Night Cocktail Party on Friday from 6 – 9, a much-anticipated festive event that kicks off the Newport summer season! Enjoy the exciting cocktail buffet while admiring the fresh floral arrangements and horticultural extravaganzas, and shopping the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners Marketplace.

The weekend includes several floral arranging sessions. Julie Lapham will take us on An Elegant Floral Journey, showing off distinctive arrangements inspired by travel. Robyn Spagnolo and Lynne Merrill will show us how to create Gems From the Garden, demonstrating the fine art of making jewelry out of enhanced dried plant material and other types of Botanical Art.

In America’s Romance with the English Garden, author and landscape designer Thomas Mickey (and Garden Club of the Bay Bay presenter) will teach guests about the inception of the modern American garden industry in the 1890s and the English Garden’s rise in popularity nationwide. Kerry Ann Mendez, a garden consultant, teacher and lecturer, will present Simplifying Gardens to Fit Changing Lifestyles. She’ll provide easy-to-follow downsizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning, easy to maintain year-round gardens.

Guests who are interested in taking on a new hobby can learn the basics of beekeeping and how to get started with horticultural writer and beekeeper Sanne Kure-Jensen’s Welcome Pollinators to Your Garden. Entrepreneur and lady farmer Kathleen Gagan, owner of New Jersey’s Peony’s Envy, will present Designing Gardens with a Passion for Peonies.

Joan Harrison, master gardener and President of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, will present Success With Hydrangeas, providing tips on how to select hydrangeas, where to plant them, how to provide basic care, and more.

In Jaw-Dropping, Traffic-Stopping, “Get the Neighbors Talking” Containers, award-winning container garden designer Deborah Trickett will give a hands-on demonstration as she shows you how to take your container gardens from “blah” to “aaah.”. In Myths, Lies and All the Latest Dirt, author and radio host C.L. Fornari will help gardeners sort through the folklore and hype surrounding plants, practices and products.

The Show’s Presenting Sponsor, Bartlett Tree Experts, will share its expertise, as arborist Chris Fletcher leads a tour of the beautiful trees at The Elms and Chepstow on Saturday afternoon; and on Sunday, award-winning landscape designer Warren Leach will give an onsite lecture about the plants and design elements used in the Bartlett garden exhibit on the front lawn of Rosecliff.

Aside from the free lectures taking place all weekend, nationally renowned garden designer P. Allen Smith will appear at special Lecture Luncheons on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Smith will share insight and anecdotes about the benefits and pleasures of observing others’ gardens in Looking Over the Garden Fence. In his Saturday lecture, Irreverent Moves That Will Improve Your Garden and Life, Smith will share ways to think outside the box for your garden this year. These two Lecture Luncheons are separately ticketed events requiring advance reservations, and both will be followed by book signings.

Complete information and ticket purchasing may be found at http://www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show/.

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Sunday, June 8, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – South Natick Garden Tour

One of the area’s most sought after events of the season, The 7th Annual South Natick Garden Tour, will be held for one day only on June 8, 2014 from 2 to 6pm. The tour is anticipated by many to be one of the most exclusive opportunities to view the private spaces of a few of the area’s most cultivated gardeners. All garden addresses will be released on the day of the event, except for one, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society and their gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. Guided tours of these gardens will be offered throughout the day and the tour will conclude with a wine and cheese reception between 4:00-6pm for tour participants at Elm Bank. Additionally, the other participating garden locations will feature discussions on garden design, annual and perennial plant selection, bee keeping and general information from a master gardener. Proceeds of the tour will go to benefit Natick’s historic Bacon Free Library.
Tickets are on sale now for $30 and $35 on the day of the event – June 8, 2014.
They can be purchased by contacting the Bacon Free Library at 508-653-6730 or by
visiting the library in person, 58 Eliot Street, Natick.

Sunday, June 8, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Old Growth Hike at Mount Wachusett

Join Joe Choiniere on Sunday, June 8, from 1 – 4:30 for a firsthand look at the Old Growth forest at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. The mountain provides a living learning laboratory for investigation into how undisturbed forests grow, what biodiversity they support, and how they can provide unique information for forest ecologists, historians, geneticists, and dendro-chronologists. Meet at 1:00 PM at the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Visitor Center 345 Mountain Road in Princeton.  Co-sponsored with Hubbardston Naturalist Club.  For more information visit www.atholbirdclub.org.

Saturday, June 7, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Claremont Neighborhood Association Flea Market & Street Fair

The Claremont Neighborhood Association’s 25th Annual Flea Market and Street Fair will be held Saturday, June 7, from 9 – 3 on Wellington Street at Columbus Avenue in the South End.  Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, household goods and services will be offered, and there will be a silent auction, face painting, and balloons.  Free admission.  Rain date is Sunday, June 8.  For more information visit www.cnaboston.org.

Wednesday, June 18, 4:00 pm – Seeing Flowers

We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. On Wednesday, June 18 at 4 pm at the Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden, join author Teri Dunn Chace for this illustrated talk based on her recent book, Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers. Chace’s lyrical and illuminating essays complement the extraordinarily detailed floral images by photographer Robert Llewellyn. Chace will offer insights on each flower by exploring distinguishing characteristics and share fascinating tidbits, tales and lore as we view images revealing amazing details of stamens and pistils, shadings on a petal or the secret recesses of nectar tubes.

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 30 titles in publication, including How to Eradicate Invasive Plants and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers. She’s also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living and Birds & Blooms.  BBG members $15, nonmembers $20.  Register at http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ai1ec_event/seeing-flowers/?instance_id=2615.

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Sunday, June 8, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Greater Boston Open Day

The Garden Conservancy will spotlight Greater Boston (in this instance, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Milton)  on Sunday, June 8, from 10 – 4. Admission to each garden is $5.

A Resplendent Spring Garden will be found at 58 Greyfield Avenue in West Roxbury. Beginning with an upright red-leaf Japanese maple and magnolia in the front yard—planted by Weston Nurseries in the late 1980s—this garden has evolved leaving little grass remaining. Consulting with Christie Dustman, garden designer, this homeowner has collected unusual conifers, shrubs, trees, and perennials—plus a very sweet birdbath area—to make this urban garden a show-stopper. From a practical standpoint, this garden shows how Ilex pedunculosa can provide an amazing evergreen screen and how so many plants can work together in a small space.

Directions: This garden is 3 miles from Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; 6 miles from Wakefield Estate in Milton Massachusetts; and 1.2 miles from another garden on tour, 353 Park street, West Roxbury. There is ample street parking.

Also in West Roxbury, at 52 Richwood Street, visit Ovals. After twenty years, this family was ready for a new garden design and approached landscape designer Sally Muspratt. Their children had outgrown the rope swing and sandbox, several important trees had died, and a new kitchen/family room necessitated a different path from the driveway and an improved view from the kitchen table. The new design reshapes the space to fit the family’s changed life. A bluestone walk gives attractive (and dry) access from the driveway through the garden to the kitchen. With the help of Sally, the space was reshaped to fit the family’s changed needs. The effectiveness of the garden as a view from the new room is strengthened by the creation of two ovals: a bright foreground of grass in a flowering frame of perennials and a shady background bluestone oval, surrounded by evergreen shrubbery. The second oval is large enough for parties, but sufficiently isolated for reading and meditation.

Directions: From Route 128, take Exit 15/Route 1A/Dedham exit to Boston-Providence Turnpike. Continue for 3 miles. At traffic light, turn right onto Spring Street . Drive 0.8 mile, continuing on Center Street for another 0.5 mile. Turn left onto Richwood Street for 0.2 mile. Number 52 will be on the left.

At 3 Crestview Road you will find a Terraced Hillside. This urban garden offers an interesting solution to a common problem—a site that slopes steeply away from the house, providing an unwelcome view of the buildings below. The new owners of a four story condominium asked for interesting and attractive views from the decks overlooking the slope. They also wanted a place to garden which gave at least the illusion of privacy. By terracing the hillside, adding a curving path, and planting colorful trees, shrubs, and perennials, designer Sally Muspratt created a pleasant place to walk and garden and an ever-changing panorama to enjoy from above. The raised vegetable bed produces beautiful greens, herbs, and tomatoes. Birds flock to the many feeders.

Directions: Take Exit 15/Route 1A/Dedham) off exit to fifth set of traffic lights. Turn right at lights onto Washington Street. Go about 3 miles to Metropolitan Avenue (Pet Cabaret is on right corner). Turn right and go 0.2 mile. Turn left onto Augustus Avenue. Crestview Road is 400 feet ahead.

The Linked Garden Rooms of the Muspratt Garden at 10 Linnet Street in West Roxbury (pictured below) are a must. Over the past twenty years this small plot (eighty feet x 130 feet) has evolved from a standard suburban landscape of grass, asphalt driveway, and foundation plantings into a series of garden rooms. The driveway was removed and replaced by a brick parking area and walk in front of the house. The narrow area (ten feet wide) between the fence and the left side of the house became a wildflower walk leading to a new perennial bed and an expanded lawn behind the house. The garage became a tool shed with an attached vine house/potting shed. The existing foundation planting was incorporated into a new ever-green hedge which both frames the front lawn and encloses the private side yard. The arborvitae sentinels allow passersby a glimpse of the bright flower garden without compromising the owner’s privacy. Passing through a hidden gap in the hedge, one enters the rear yard to find a tiny meadow and orchard of peach and cherry trees, raised beds with perennials and vegetables, and a compost heap. Hurricane Irene felled the old apple tree which sheltered the original sitting area. A sunken terrace was built in its place.

Directions: From Route 128, take Exit 15/Route 1A/Dedham off exit to fifth set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Washington Street. Go about 2 miles to Lagrange Street and turn left. Go 0.7 mile to Linnet Street. Turn right. Number 10 is on right.

The James/Traverso Garden at 14 Sunset Hill Road in West Roxbury is described as a showstopper. This romantic urban escape with eye-popping color provided by hundreds of annuals, perennials, roses, and vines is viewed from a double-layered backyard deck that engages seamlessly with the surrounding gardens. Inspired by the classic “over the top” layered floral displays in English country gardens, it has taken eight years to build up four distinct garden areas that surround this Boston home. Definitely not a “low maintenance” garden, variations of color and texture provide a never-ending display from early Spring to late November.

Directions: Located on Sunset Hill Road between two main arteries, West Roxbury Parkway and Centre Street, near intersection of West Roxbury Parkway and VFW Parkway. Best to use “Boston” as city of destination in GPS systems (rather than West Roxbury) with zip code “02132”. Located within 1 mile of the Arnold Arboretum. There is open on-street parking within neighborhood (no meters).

The Dustman-Ryan Garden can be found at 353 Park Street in West Roxbury. This garden reflects the creative efforts of a mighty team: Christie Dustman, professional garden designer and Patti Ryan, a professional furniture maker. In their own personal garden, these two artists have let nothing hinder their zeal for plants, stone, and whimsy. The garden is in its eighth season and its transformation was done in phases, only keeping a privet hedge and one andromeda. The garden uses plants and objects as sculptures in an array of vignettes and intentional views. By showcasing some plants and objects against the background plants and elements, this garden has many levels of complexity and interest. As members of the Conifer Society, you will find over fifty different conifers, as well as rare and unusual plants. It is the reclaimed and cast-off items used as art and decoration like basketball hoops and organ pipes that often command the most “ooohs and ahhhs.”

Directions: From Route 128/I-95 North, take Route 1/Providence Highway inbound from Exit 15A or 15B. At Washington Street, bear slightly right and proceed inbound about 2 miles. Turn left onto Lagrange Street about 0.2 mile past Maplewood Street. Go 0.3 mile and turn right onto Robin Street, just past Searle Road. Take third left onto Park Street. The garden is at #353. Please park along street.

Now, off to Hyde Park, to a Front Yard Attraction at 907 Metropolitan Avenue. This organic garden demonstrates a re-imagined use of the front lawn. Because of its sunny location, the owners opted to grow their wide offering of herbs and vegetables, interspersed and combined with shrubs and perennials, at this site. Use of colors and textures provides year-round interest, as well as a magnet for birds, bees, dragonflies, and butterflies. The front yard location makes it the perfect spot for impromptu gatherings with neighbors and friends.

Directions: From Exit 2B on Route 128 take Route 138N for just over 3 miles. Turn left onto Vose Hill Road and go 0.2 mile to intersection with Brush Hill Road. Turn right onto Brush Hill Road, and then immediately left onto Metropolitan Avenue. Number 907 is on right.

The Mary M.B. Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, is the next stop. The 2014 Open Days coincides with the Wakefield Estate’s own Dogwood Days, a week-long event timed to give the public a rare opportunity to enjoy its collection of hundreds of Chinese Dogwoods (Cornus kousa) at their spectacular peak bloom. Polly Wakefield grew most of these trees from seed or cuttings collected from the Arnold Arboretum. The dogwoods are planted throughout Polly’s Formal Garden and Terrace Rooms along with other rare trees and shrubs, as well as lining either side of the Fountain Path Allée that spans the entire length of the garden. Gardens surround the Georgian 1794 Isaac Davenport mansion as well as other historic structures on the property. The Wakefield Estate takes its name and purpose from Mary “Polly” Wakefield, who lived most of her life at the estate. The estate is managed by the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust which is committed to promoting life-long participatory learning using the land and resources of the Wakefield estate. Through collaborative partnerships with schools and community organizations, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Trust carries out this mission through providing educational opportunities, tours, presentations, workshops, hands-on training, internships, and other programs covering a variety of subjects, including local history, ecology, horticulture, agriculture, archival work, and historic preservation.

Directions: Exit 2B on 128 take 138 north for 1 mile, bear right onto Canton Avenue. Get into left lane and turn left onto Brush Hill road across from Fuller Village.

Finally, Grossberg’s Garden is at 38 Green Street in Milton. The privacy of this family’s property was destroyed when developers leveled the woodland behind the lawn to erect two large, brightly-painted houses. Creating an undulating berm about six feet high and fifteen feet wide and planting it with a mixture of white pines, river birches, Viburnum dentatum, and ferns erased the view of the neighbors and reestablished the sense of seclusion in the garden.

Directions: From Route 128, take Exit 2B/Milton/Route 138 North. Proceed straight up Route 138/Blue Hill Avenue past Blue Hills Ski Slope and Trailside Museum (1.3 miles). Immediately after museum parking lot, bear right at fork in road (Brush Hill Road/Canton Avenue). Take very quick left and then another quick left back onto Route 138/Blue Hill Avenue. (This is a U-turn around green house, and you will now be going south.) In 0.25 mile, Green Street forks off to right. A quarter mile down road, take first driveway on left to #38 at end.

Saturday, June 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Foraged Flavor

Spring traditionally marks the transition into the warmer months. Come to Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Saturday, June 14 at 10 am and learn how a ritual, including appropriate medicinal herbs, can renew and revitalize body and spirit then help prepare us for the bustle of Summer. Stretching tips and recipes included! The class will be lead by Tama Matsuoka Wong, author of Foraged Flavor. THBG member $15, non-member $25. Register at www.towerhillbg.org.

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Wednesday, June 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Beginners Japanese Flower Arranging Class

In this hands-on class to be held Wednesday, June 18, from 6 – 8 at TOTO Gallery, 123 North Washington Street in Boston you will learn the basics of Japanese Flower Design from J. Padilla-Zamudio,the President of Ikenobo Boston. The Ikenobo style has the longest tradition of Japanese Flower Arranging. You MUST RSVP and pay in advance as the Instructor will buy your flowers for you from the Boston Flower Market. RSVP to: GloriaHammac@Juno.com Bring scissors. Cost: $35 for Flowers + Instruction (a bargain!) Payment is required in advance – contact Gloria and she will tell you how to use their newly set-up PayPal account.

Wednesday, June 25, 6:00 pm – Rock and Stroll Concert and Picnic

Support The Friends of Copley Square, and celebrate summer with an outdoor concert, followed by a reception at The Boston Common Hotel at Trinity Place, featuring bites from Back Bay’s finest restaurants, on Wednesday, June 25, beginning at 6 pm.  For ticket purchase and information visit www.friendsofcopleysquare.org.

Thursday, July 17 – Saturday, July 19 – National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

The American Horticultural Society’s annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium will take place in Columbus, Ohio, from July 17-19 and will be hosted by the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Featuring workshops, tours, and presentations, this event is designed for anyone who works with kids in the garden or in plant-based educational programs. Registration opens soon and AHS members receive a discounted rate.  For more information visit www.ahs.org.

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Tuesday, June 3, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – The Rose Kennedy Greenway: Organic Practices, Beautiful Results

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is the mile-long ribbon of green that replaced Boston’s elevated Central Artery when Route 93 was moved underground as part of the Big Dig.  The Rose Kennedy Greenway is Boston’s only organically maintained Public Park and one of a handful of organically maintained urban parks in the United States.  Because of the Conservancy ground-up approach that encompasses all living things including soil, plants and trees, children and pets can play freely and safely on the lawns without the worry of chemicals or pesticides.  The plants are healthier, more resilient, and better able to withstand the wear of public use.  The Conservancy’s practice of not using herbicides and toxins also ensures that run-off from the parks will not pollute Boston Harbor or harm the delicate marine life.  This tour (Tuesday, June 3, 1 – 3, with a rain date of June 4) will include in depth discussion of the Conservancy’s organic horticultural practices.

Join tour guides Conservancy Superintendent of Horticulture Stuart Shillaber, and Horticulture Foreman Anthony Ruggiero for a behind the scenes tour of the Greenway. Spanish translation will be provided for this tour.  $20.00 for ELA members, $25 for non-members.  For more information email ela.info@comcast.net.  Register at https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1010978.

Wednesday, June 11, 7:00 pm – Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook

Terry Golson will be in Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Limonaia on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 pm, to read from her book, The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook, and to talk about all things related to chickens and eggs. To illustrate how engaging it is to keep your own small flock, Terry will bring one of her hens to the program! Terry is a recognized expert in backyard chicken keeping, and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She maintains the popular website, HenCam.com where she blogs daily about a life with chickens, and has live-streaming cams on her animals. This program is free (with paid admission to Tower Hill Botanical Gardens.) Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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Saturday, June 7, 6:30 am – 8:30 am – Birding at Fruitlands: Early Nesters

Local ornithologist Pat White will lead novice and experienced birdwatchers in a guided early morning foray at Fruitlands, from 6:30 – 8:30 in the morning on Saturday, June 7. The group will walk about two miles on trails through meadows, woods and varied terrain. Meet at the Museum’s upper parking lot. Free. For more information and directions visit www.fruitlands.org.

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