Sunday, September 22, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm – Mass Hort’s 15th Anniversary at the Gardens at Elm Bank

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society invites you to join them for a community day at the Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, on Sunday, September 22. Free Admission all day.

10:00: Nature Walk Through Trails with a DCR Ranger

10:00-noon: Mass Dairy Council

11:00-2:00: Follow the Honey – Honey Tasting and Live Bee Exhibit

12:00, 3:00, & 5:00:Garden Tours:

Take a guided tour of the 12 gardens on the Elm Bank reservation, lead by one of our staff members or trained tour guides. Please meet in the Maple Grove by the membership table.

12:00-6:00: Wellesley Society of Artists Art Show and Sale – paintings from around Elm Bank

The Wellesley Society of Artists have been spending their summer around the property gaining inspiration for their own work. The Hunnewell Carriage house will feature an exhibit of their works as well as many that are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Mass Hort.

1:00: Cake and Ice Cream Celebration: The moment we have all been waiting for! Come join us in the Crockett Garden for a cake and ice cream celebration to commemorate the 15 years the Massachusetts Horticultural Society has taken residence at Elm Bank. A welcome from DCR representatives, Mass Hort President and more.

All Day:

Mass Hort Historical Exhibit, Information Booth and Membership Table

In the Maple Grove you will find an exhibit about the history of the Elm Bank Reservation and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, information about the programs and activities going on daily, how to become a member, and ways support Mass Hort!

Food Vendors – Concessions and Catering by Kiss. Bring a blanket, grab your lunch, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and gardens

Farmers Market Exhibit – Did you know that Mass Hort sponsors the Wellesley Farmers Market located at Whole Foods? Come visit their information table and learn more about the booth, produce from one of the vendors, and even see a live demonstration.

Youth Activities

10:00-4:00: Kids Mural Activity in the Gardens

10:00-4:00: Elm Bank Scavenger Hunt

10:00-12:00: Build a Fairy Garden in Weezie’s Garden

10:00-12:00: Linx Camp – Discovery Grove Field

Game and Nature Arts and Crafts station

Adult Activities

10:00-12:00: Floral Design Workshop with Marisa McCoy- Create a Fall Basket centerpiece with Marisa McCoy. Join Mass Hort and Marisa McCoy in creating a Fall Basket centerpiece on our 15th Anniversary Day of Celebration. Hands on workshops are one of our most popular education events and as we celebrate what we do at Elm Bank we are offering this opportunity to create a floral design. Marisa’s depth of experience and gentle direction help to provide the perfect atmosphere for beginner to expert to release the creative juices and take home a design to be proud of. Participants will have their choice of fresh and dried materials including seed pods, seed heads, and berries, as well as flowers and foliage chosen from a bright fall color palette.

Marisa McCoy is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, and the current President Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Currently, Marisa is a floral design instructor, garden club speaker, active member of the MFA Senior Associates, and a custom wedding and special occasion floral designer.Program fee: $30 MEMBERS AND $35 NON MEMBERS- all materials included.  Registration required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

11:00-12:00: Extending Your Growing Season – Lecture.

2:00-4:00: Succulent Container Workshop with Art Scarpa – Hands on workshops are one of our most popular education events and as we celebrate what we do at Elm Bank we are offering this opportunity to plant a succulent dish garden with guidance from Art Scarpa. Participants will plant a twelve inch Italian terra cotta container with South African winter growing succulents. Workshop fee includes plants, soil, container, top-dressing, and hand selected decorative stones.

Known for his expertise in growing succulents and for his love for unusual plants, Art is certified as a judge by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and has competed and judged at numerous major shows, including Boston, Newport and Philadelphia and many regional cactus and succulent shows.Program fee and registration required. $40.00 MEMBERS, $45 NON MEMBERS. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

2:00-3:00: History of Elm Bank Lecture

4:00-6:00: Champagne and Strings in the Italianate Garden: $20.00 MEMBERS, $25.00 NON MEMBERS. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Wrap up the evening with light appetizers and bubbly in the beautiful Italianate Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers Firm. While taking in the view, enjoy the music provided by the Fensgate Chamber Players. Tickets can also be purchased during the day at the membership table (Program fee and registration required).

Friday, October 11 – Monday, October 14, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm – Fall’s Finer Details with John Pastoriza-Piñol

Australian botanical artist John Pastoriza-Piñol is coming to the Wellesley College Botanic Garden for four days, October 11 – 14, to teach a master class in Fall’s Finer Details from 9:30 – 4 each day.  An accurate realism artist based in Melbourne, John Pastoriza-Piñol shares the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor masking fluid and NEEF 1/4 Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists.  Over the four days, John will also assist you with composition, painting techniques, and color theory as you accurately render the chosen subject.  As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail.  For artists with intermediate to advanced drawing and watercolor skills.  Member price $550, non-members $660.Call 781-283-3094, or email to register.

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Wildflowers in the Fall

A follow-up to New England Wild Flower Society’s spring course, “Wildflowers of New England,” this class highlights flora in the last stages of the growing season. What fruits have the spring wildflowers produced, and how are they dispersed? Which flowers are blooming in the fall and why? Which pollinators are active? The program includes a walk in the Garden, a power-point presentation to illustrate key points, and samples for dissection and close observation. References for fruits and winter identification will be provided. Bring Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and a 10x hand lens to Garden in the Woods in Framingham.  The course will be held Saturday, September 21, from 9:30 – 12:30, led by Dr. Neela De Zoysa, botanist and author of A Field Guide to the Common Trees and Shrubs of Sri Lanka, and costs $40 for NEWFS members, and $48 for nonmembers.  Register online at

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Preserving the Tastes of Summer Workshop

Enjoy the fragrance and taste of fresh herbs while you create some delightful products that will capture the essence of herbs for your own use. in this Massachusetts Horticultural Society class featuring Karen O’Brien of The Green Woman’s Garden, you will make herb butter, herb vinegar and an herbal liqueur. Handouts with recipes will be provided.

Karen O’Brien runs her herbal business “The Green Woman’s Garden” in the central MA town of Mendon. She has herbs and ornamental flowers for sale, runs workshops on various herbal adventures, and occasionally participates at farmers markets and fairs. She is the Development Chair of The Herb Society of America, currently serves as Chairman of the New England Unit of H.S.A., is Secretary of the International Herb Association, and is President of the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford. She is the editor and contributing author to the latest Herb of the Year book on elderberry entitled Elder, produced by the IHA.  The class will take place at Elm Bank on Thursday, September 19, beginning at 7 pm.

Cost – $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members. To register, or for more information, visit

Thursday, September 26, 6:00 pm – The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

Evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman discusses the evolutionary history of the human body by examining major transformations the body has made over the millennia. The lecture, book launch and reception will take place Thursday, September 26, beginning at 6 pm. From the advent of bipedalism, to the rise of hunter-gatherers and the development of a very large brain, the human body has adapted in ways that allow for exceptional athletic endurance and intelligence. Central to Lieberman’s lecture are the effects of cultural evolutionary forces on our health and longevity. Lecture followed by a reception in the Harvard Museum of Natural History galleries.

Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage after 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Drafting Design Workshop

Gain knowledge and skills to apply to your own projects during this hands-on drafting workshop sponsored by the New England Wild Flower Society, to be held at Garden in the Woods in Framingham on Tuesday, September 17, from 10 – noon. Kristin DeSouza draws on her training in landscape architecture to teach you some useful drafting techniques. Using the Idea Garden at Garden in the Woods as a case study, we go into the field with drafting pens, notebooks, and a tape measure to record what we see. From here we draft a base map and practice putting a three-dimensional landscape into a two-dimensional plan and section.  $26 NEWFS members, $32 nonmembers.  Register on line at

From the Archives: Beacon Street Tree Planting Fund

Last week we shared a solicitation letter from the Committee of Beacon Street Residents from 1910, looking for funds to plant trees on Beacon Street between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue.  Here is the follow up, the original residing at the Boston Athenaeum:

“The fund has now reached $6,257, of which $5,275 is paid in and $982 is promised.  We must have $8,500 before work can be started.  Part of the promised money is conditional on the work being done this summer.  Therefore the deficit of $2,243 must be wiped out during this month or the plan given up.  Will you not help to complete the fund?”

The letter is signed by the Committee of Beacon Street Residents, the Committee of Metropolitan Improvement League, and the Secretary of the Massachusetts Forestry Association.  Fundraising then, as now, is always difficult.  One wonders whether someone made a $2 pledge?  Every $2 helps.

Monday, September 23, 6:00 pm – The Grandest of the Grand: The Mansions of Commonwealth Avenue

The Gibson House Museum will sponsor a walking tour entitled The Grandest of the Grand: The Mansions of Commonwealth Avenue from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue, on Monday, September 23, at 6 pm, led by architectural historian Edward Gordon.  The tour will commence at the Gibson House Museum at 137 Beacon Street.  For more information, and to rsvp, call 617-267-6338, or email

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Somerville Garden Club Plant Sale

The Somerville Garden Club holds one of the best plant sales in the Boston area. Club members divide and donate time-tested favorites as well as plants they have just discovered.

When: September 21, 2013, 9 am – 1 pm

Where: Davis Square (at the intersection of College Ave. and Holland St.)

For more information, visit

Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29 – New England Carniverous Plant Society Plant Show

The New England Carnivorous Plant Society Annual Show will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.  For complete hours and information, visit  There will be dealers attending with a varied stock of plants for purchase, as well as a juried show and lectures during the day.


Thursday, September 19, and Thursday, October 24, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon – Sogetsu Ikebana with Kaye Vosburgh

Garden Club of the Back Bay member Kaye Vosburgh will again teach a class in Sogetsu Ikebana on Thursday, September 19 from 9:30 – noon at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, Massachusetts, with an encore presentation Thursday, October 24. Sogetsu Ikebana is an internationally recognized school of Japanese flower arranging. In these classes you will learn the essentials of this venerable art from veteran exhibitor and instructor Kaye Vosburgh.  Flowers are provided and other supplies are available for purchase.  Each class is priced separately. Tower Hill members $32, nonmembers $35.  Register online at

Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Teeming with Trees: An Armchair Tour of an African Hotspot

The Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot in southern Africa’s eastern region holds the highest tree diversity of any of the world’s temperate forests, with nearly 600 tree species represented. In total, about 8,100 species of plants from 243 families occur within this hotspot, and nearly a quarter of these are found nowhere else [Conservation International]. Botanist, artist, author, and guide Elsa Pooley has spent years identifying, studying, painting, and cataloging the flora of this second richest floristic region in Africa and an important center of plant endemism. She will speak about some of the Hotspot’s most interesting habitats and the plants found there, with a primary focus on its trees, on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum.  $10 for the general public, free to Arboretum members.  Register at

Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 pm – Eliot Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Tuesday, September 10th at 4:30 pm, The Esplanade Association will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Charles Eliot Memorial, adjacent to the Community Boating Docks. The groundbreaking is the result of over two years of fundraising and advocacy efforts to revitalize this historical memorial. Tuesday’s event will celebrate not only the work of Charles Eliot, but the future of the Charles River Esplanade.

The revitalization of the Eliot Memorial will transform the decaying site, named in Eliot’s honor, into an inviting gathering spot for Esplanade visitors by offering new seating, improved views, and enhanced plantings. This project has been made possible through the generous support of our donors and in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The Esplanade Association invites you to join us on Tuesday to celebrate this restoration and enhancement of the park. The Garden Club of the Back Bay has been a contributor to this effort.

For more information about the event contact Jessica Pederson at 617-227-0365 x104 or

Friday, September 27, 6:30 pm – Delicious Molds and Mushrooms

What is fungus? Join Formaggio Kitchen’s two favorite fungus gurus for a tour through the microbial world of cheese and mushrooms! Veronica Pedraza, cheesemaker at Meadowood Farms and avid forager, and Benjamin Wolfe, a microbiologist and mycologist at Harvard University specializing in the microbiology of fermented foods will help you discover a whole new world of fungal treats.While Veronica and Benjamin walk you through these fungal delights, eat tasty bites prepared for you by Veronica that will show you the ways these foods play together in harmony. With a crisp glass of wine in hand, Veronica and Benjamin’s class is sure to be a tasty educational journey you won’t want to miss. $55 fee. The class takes place at the Formaggio Kitchen annex, 67 Smith Place in Cambridge.  You may register online at  Photo below from

Fridays, September 27 – October 25, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon – Photoshop Elements Demystified

Bring your laptop and artwork to this Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Garden class on five Fridays, September 27 – October 25, from 9:30 – noon, and learn how to transform your images into finished reproductions for cards, collages and posters, as well as for the web.  With guidance from Patricia Buchanan, make color adjustments, tidy up edges and backgrounds, add a watermark, type or add other enhancements.  Solve the mystery of sizing and resolution to meet printing and exhibition submission standards.  Scanning procedures will be covered.  Mouse skills and a basic computer proficiency are required.  Note: Photoshop Elements is a more user-friendly and affordable version of the original Photoshop.  The skills you acquire with Elements are always transferable to Photoshop.  If you don’t already have Photoshop Elements, it can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial period.  Although this will not cover the entire class period, it’s a good way to begin. Thank you for the screenshot below.  WCFBG members $150, nonmembers $195.  Register by calling 781-283-3094, or email

Sunday, September 15, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Fungi in the Fall

Can you distinguish a bolete from a gilled mushroom? What is a mushroom anyway? While fall is considered fungi season in the Northeast, fungi are seasonally cyclical and different species and types can be found almost any time except deep winter. Join New England Wild Flower Society and Massachusetts Audubon Society Drumlin Farm for a walk around the Drumlin Farm Nature Center sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts to discover as many fungi as we can. Learn about the crucial and sometimes astonishing roles these fascinating life forms play in the ecosystem and some methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. $25 for members of either sponsoring organization, $29 for nonmembers.  Photo from Register online at

Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Culinary Guild of New England’s 34th Annual Opening Meeting

You’re invited to attend the Culinary Guild of New England’s 34th Annual Opening Meeting on Monday, September 16th, from 7 – 9 at Commander’s Mansion, 440 Talcott Avenue in Watertown.  Open to members, guests, and prospective members, our Opening Meeting is your chance to share some wine with old friends, meet new members, and to learn more about a very exciting year ahead for the Guild.  This year, Guild President Kris Piatt will be introducing our guest speaker, Beth Daley, award-winning Boston Globe reporter. Beth is an environmental reporter for The Boston Globe who is known for her coverage on fishing, climate change,and the environment. As a result of her work, Beth was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2008. For this event, Beth will be sharing the frequent mislabeling of fish in Boston area restaurants and supermarkets and sustainable fishing.  Wine and hors d’oeuvre will be served — and all attendees will have the opportunity to win one of several raffle prizes. Tickets for this event are just $10 for all attendees. And please remember — the Annual Opening Meeting is the most popular event of the year, so be sure to RSVP at now to confirm your seat at this event.

Saturday – Sunday, September 14 &15 – Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Show and Sale

Come to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, Masachusetts, on September 14 & 15, for the Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Show and Sale. Hundreds of spectacular cactus and succulents will be on display in a judged show of over 100 categories. Visit the plant sale area with 12 vendors offering rare & unusual plants, books, art and more. Plant auctions each day.  Enjoy lunch at Twigs Cafe patio overlooking Wachusett Reservoir. Tour Tower Hill’s spectacular gardens. Print $2 discount coupons at Free admission for Tower Hill members and other institutions w/reciprocal benefits. Sat. 9/14: Vendor sales 9 AM- 5 PM; Show 11 AM – 5 PM; Sun. 9 AM – 4 PM.


Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 10:00 am – Annual Combined Plant Societies’ Judged Show and Sale

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, will once again host the Annual Combined Plant Societies’ Judged Show and Sale, this year taking place Saturday, September 21, from 10 – 5, and Sunday, September 22, from 10 – 4.  Sponsors are the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society and the New England Chapter of The Gesneriad Society.  Cost to attend is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for youths aged 6 – 18.  For more information call 617-479-3680, or visit

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