Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Food is Love Kitchen Tour and Tasting

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Board of Directors invites you to join them for a tour of six remarkable kitchens in Harvard, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 21, from 10 – 4. The Tour will begin when you pick up your ticket and tour book at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, at 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, MA.
They invite you to visit the Garden and enjoy delightful food tastings before you head on your way to the various locations on the tour. All proceeds benefit the The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event the Healing Garden at 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, Massachusetts. For more information visit

Saturdays, October 5 – 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Tonal Fall Treasures and Composition

Gourds, mums and asters will be used to explore the elements of artistic composition on four Saturdays in October, October 5 – 26, from 10 – 12 in classes co-sponsored by the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and Weston Nurseries, 160 Pine Hill Road in Chelmsford.  Jeanne Kunze will guide you in developing and increasing design skills to relate multiple pictorial elements.  Use graphite on paper to develop designs expressing the shape, value, and rhythm of fall’s rich harvest on display.  Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens price is $100, nonmembers $125.  Register by calling 781-283-3094, or email  Image from

Friday, October 4, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, October 6, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Ikebana: A Japanese Flower Exhibition

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, will present a three day exhibition entitled Ikebana: A Japanese Flower Exhibition, in honor of the 55th anniversary of Ikebana International. The program will begin Friday, October 4, from noon – 5, and continue Saturday, October 5 from 9 – 5, and end Sunday, October 6, from 9 – 4:30. See displays of the venerable art of Japanese flower arranging at this special exhibition, with entries created by many students who learned the art under the instruction of Kaye Vosburgh at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Pottery suitable for Ikebana will be for sale.  Floral demonstrations are scheduled for 2 pm on Friday (Ikenobo School, Kathleen Marble), Saturday at 11 am (Ikenobo School, Jorge Padilla-Zamudio) and 2 pm (Sogetsu School, Joanne Caccavale) and Sunday at noon (Ohara School, Keiko Thayer), 2 pm (Sogetsu School, Tomoko Tanaka), and 2 pm (Ikebana Children’s Workshop, Classroom C, limit 15 participants, pre-registration required.)  Cost is included with admission to Tower Hill ($12 Adult, $9 Senior, $7 Child, under 6 free.)

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – An Eden of Sorts: The Natural History of My Feral Garden

Thirty years ago John Mitchell Hanson made a brash decision—to cut down a forest of native white pines to build a home and make a garden. Over the next three decades he replanted the land in a series of garden rooms. The irony of his story is that by cutting down the forest of native trees and replacing it with a human construct, he significantly increased the bio-diversity of the area. Learn about the plants and animals, including people, who moved into and sometimes out of this dynamic landscape and how it is possible to increase the biodiversity of developed land.  Mr. Mitchell’s talk will take place in the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum on Thursday, October 3, beginning at 6:30 pm.  Register at  Fee $5 Arboretum member, $10 nonmember.

Friday, November 15 – Monday, November 18 – Gaining Ground: American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting in Boston

More than 6,000 landscape architecture professionals and students from across the U.S. and around the world will gather in at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, November 15-18, to earn up to 21 professional development hours, to enjoy the fellowship of our profession, and to reconnect with the fundamental elements of design, at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting. Advance deadline pricing will be honored through October 18, and can be found at  You may read more information and register online at

Monday, October 7, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Not Your Average Eggplant

Sofra’s fall cooking classes are in full swing at 1 Belmont Street in Cambridge. On Monday, October 7, join Oleana’s Chef de Cuisine, Cara Chigazola, as she explores the delicious, and sometimes intimidating, vegetable – eggplant. Cara will show you several different varieties and walk you through many exotic preparations. Come to class to learn how to make dishes including Imam Bayildi (Turkish Stuffed Eggplant), Zaalouk (Moroccan Eggplant Salad) and Eggplant Sarma. Fee: $110.  You may email for more information, or register on line at  Image from

Tuesday, October 1, 4:00 pm – Himalaya: Mountains of Life

The Harvard Museum of Natural History, along with the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Office for Sustainability at Harvard, will co-sponsor a lecture and panel discussion with Kamal Bawa and Sandresh Kadur on Tuesday, October 1, beginning at 4 pm on Himalaya: Mountains of Life. Conservation biologist Kamal Bawa and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur will share breathtaking photographs and stories from their new book, Himalaya: Mountains of Life, to spark a conversation about why the preservation of this land is so important not just for us, but for the future of all life on Earth. Following their presentation, a panel of distinguished Harvard professors, representing the arts, humanities and environmental disciplines, will lead a discussion with the authors on the interplay and interconnectedness of art and the humanities in building awareness of and potential solutions to global environmental challenges. Free and open to the public. Please note location: The Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway Street, Lecture Hall B029.

Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22 – Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, taking place September 20 – 22 at Marble House, The Elms, and Rosecliff, supporting historic preservation in Newport.  The presenting underwriter is Food & Wine magazine. Festival highlights include a Newport After Dark Party, two day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines and food from around the world, chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Michel Richard, Johnny Iuzzini, Claudine Pepin, and many more, seminars with leading wine experts, a collectible wine dinner, and silent auctions of luxury goods and wine.  Purchase tickets and find full information on hours at

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm – Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2013 Membership Drive

On Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston, , the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a membership drive called Journey of 2,000 Miles: the Appalachian Trail.

The event will feature the film Appalachian Impressions. James Haskell, A.T. section hiker, Ed Guyot, ATC board member and founding member of the Board of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, and Javier Folgar, ATC’s Director of Marketing and Communications will speak to guests. Prizes will also be awarded to guests.

Here’s how it works. Reserve your seat today by visiting Admission is free for kids ages 13 and under. Every dollar raised will help preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

Event Highlights:

Watch the film Appalachian Impressions on the big screen
Hear amazing stories of the men and women who volunteer on the Trail
Interact with a 2,000-miler
1 Year Member or Gift Membership to the ATC ($40 value)
Free admission for kids (13 and under)
Win cool prizes such as an ATC ENO™ Hammock
Make new friends in the outdoor and hiking community
1 year subscription to A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the A.T.
Receive an ATC decal and patch
Protect an irreplaceable treasure: the Appalachian Trail

About the Film:

For more than half of the U.S. population, the A.T. is less than a day’s drive away. Yet despite its proximity to many major cities like Atlanta and Boston, few truly know the splendor of this national treasure. Appalachian Impressions takes viewers on a six-month journey of thrills and challenges in fourteen states from Georgia to Maine. To watch a trailer of the film visit  Reserve your seat today by visiting Be sure to enter promo code COMM13 to receive $5 off your reservation.

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 0m – David Austin Roses

The British Society and The Garden Club of the Back Bay are pleased to present a lecture at The Union Club, 8 Park Street, Boston, on October 2nd featuring Michael Marriott, senior rose breeder at David Austin Roses.  There will be a cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm followed by a one hour presentation by Mr. Marriott.  The cost of $40 per person will include wines and hor d’oeuvre.  A cash bar will be available for spirits.

David Austin is a rose breeder, specialist grower and author.  His first rose, the fragrant Constance Spry, was released in 1961.  Since then he has released nearly two hundred English roses.  David Austin Roses was established in 1969 and remains a family business.  Today his English roses are grown in every rose-loving nation in the world, and win awards in many different countries.  In 1999, the company opened an office in Tyler, Texas, and all roses for the American market are grown in the USA.

After fifty years of intensive breeding, David Austin’s English roses combine the forms and fragrances of old roses with the repeat-flowering of modern roses. Michael Marriott has worked with David Austin Roses for over 25 years.  During this time he has designed private rose gardens and prestigious public gardens in many different countries.  His own garden is run on organic principles and has never been sprayed in the last 22 years.

The British Society was founded in Boston in 1816 as a nonprofit charity to raise funds to furnish emergency relief to British Nationals and their children in the Boston area.  As an all-volunteer organization, almost all of every dollar raised goes to help individuals and families. The net proceeds of this lecture will go exclusively to The British Society.

Please reply no later than September 27.  Reservations, and payment by check (made payable to The British Society) together with your contact details and a list of attending guests may be sent to Mr. Anthony Revis, Treasurer, The British Society, 501 Maple Meadows, 35 Maple Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776.

For reservations, and payment by credit card:
E-mail with a list of attending guests, and then go to

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, or would like to make a contribution in excess of the subscription amount, it would be gratefully accepted. Please follow either the payment by check or payment by credit card instructions above.

The Union Club does not permit the use of cellular telephones and requires business attire. Please respect these rules. Valet parking is available, payable at the door upon arrival. We thank for the photo below.


Thursday, September 26, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm – The Fruit Garden of Lee Reich and Garden Tour at Mohonk Mountain House

This is a Berkshire Botanical Garden-sponsored field trip to the garden of well known author and vegetable and fruit gardener Lee Reich, followed by a garden tour and picnic lunch at Mohonk Mountain House. A writer once proclaimed Lee’s garden to be very much a “man’s garden” and perhaps it is. The emphasis is on fruits and vegetables, but the whole works is woven into plantings of flowers and ornamental shrubs supported by rustic fencing and gates. He grows a year ’round supply of pretty much every kind of vegetable except rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes. Fruits include many varieties of dwarf apples, pears and grapes, as well as uncommon fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, gooseberries (20 or so varieties), juneberries and medlars. September in his “farmden” brings to ripening a number of fruits, common and uncommon. Pawpaw, hardy kiwifruits, grapes and American persimmons should be available for tasting. From here, travel to historic Mohonk Mountain House and picnic on the grounds. Head Gardener Andrew Koehn will then lead a tour of the grounds and gardens of this famous historic resort. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately to New Paltz, NY. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden at 9 am (approximate travel time from BBG to first site estimated 1 hour:45 minutes) Participants should bring a bagged lunch. BBG members $50, nonmembers $60. Register by calling Elisabeth Cary at 413-298-3926, or online at

From the Archives: Letter from Arthur Shurcliff

The Committee of Beacon Street Residents raised money to plant trees on Beacon Street between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue in 1910.  Mrs. Frederick T. Lord of 305 Beacon Street was the Chairman of that Committee.  On November 16, 1937, she received a letter signed by Arthur A. Shurcliff, pictured below, a prominent landscape architect at 11 Beacon Street, in answer to a letter she sent to him.  The text is as follows:

“Dear Mrs. Lord:

I am glad you wrote me on the 5th with the questions.  There are no plans showing the location of the Beacon Street tree pits as finally installed.  The tentative layout was modified on the ground just before pits were dug and were adjusted to property lines, hydrants, and existing trees.  I think some of the owners who were opposed to tree planting in those days would be glad to have trees now.

It is pretty hard to answer the question about the landscape architect’s plans. I wish he had sat at a table with your daughter and roughed out some of his ideas to find out whether or not they seemed promising before going ahead with the elaborate plans.

I wonder if your daughter fave the landscape architect a free-hand.

If further work is done with the landscape architect, wouldn’t it be a good idea to rough out on the back of an envelope something which seems promising before any development is made? Rough preliminary sketches of that kind often expedite work and save later misunderstandings.

I often think of the pleasant hours we passed together at the planting of the Beacon Street trees.  You have, of course, noticed how thriving they are and how fully our hopes were realized. We did not dream the trees would be injured more by collision with vehicles than by horses.  You remember we were afraid the horses would gnaw off the bark.

Yours sincerely, Arthur A. Shurcliff”

Vehicles still collide with the trees, and DigSafe often shows we must adjust a planting site due to utility lines, but don’t you just love the comment about the horses?

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 pm – Community Meeting for the Improvement of the John Harvard Mall

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services invite the public to the second meeting in a series to discuss improvements the John Harvard Mall. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30pm at the Mary Colbert Apartments located on 20 Devens Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

The City is looking for interested community members to help them in determining how the John Harvard Mall will look and function in the future. This park renovation provides a unique opportunity to create a space for all. At the second meeting, potential park designs and equipment will be presented and the attendees will have the chance to determine which elements will be in the preferred/final plan.. For further information, please call (617) 961-3058.

Sunday, September 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Shrubs Across the Seasons: September

Walk the Arnold Arboretum landscape with Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, to learn about shrubs, both common and lesser-known species. Michael will focus on those that display outstanding characteristics in early autumn. You’ll learn cultural requirements and see full-size specimens so you can determine which shrubs might suit your needs. Fee $20 Arboretum member, $27 nonmember. Register at

Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm – Lisa Genova

The Garden Club of the Back Bay is an institutional member of The College Club of Boston, Inc., and occasionally will publicize an event at the Club, located at 44 Commonwealth Avenue, which is open to the public.  On Thursday, September 19, the 2013/2014 Speaker Series will launch with Lisa Genova, the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, and Love Anthony. Genova, with a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University, travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury and autism.

The menu will include:

Open face Crabcake Sliders with Saffron Aioli

Mini Lobster Grilled Cheese

Sweet Potato with Scallion Crème Fraiche and Caviar

Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches with Cranberry Mustard

Heirloom Tomato Bisque Sip with Pesto Drizzle

Brie en croute with Dried Fruit, Nuts and Brown Sugar served with Assorted Crackers and Seasonal Fresh Fruit

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Syrah, Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio

Heineken, Stella Artois, Sam Adams, Amstel Lite and a Seasonal Brew

Still and Sparkling Water, Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite

Assorted Cookies and Bars

Coffee, Decaf Coffee and Assorted TAZO Teas

$40 plus tax and club charge. Reservations are required. A Visa or MasterCard number and expiration date must be provided at reservation time. To reserve, email, or call 617-536-9510.

Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – The Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection: Celebrating 100 Years

Enjoy an afternoon of history and horticulture with Peter Del Tredici on Saturday, September 28, from 1 – 3:30, as he speaks in depth about the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. Imported to the United States in 1913 and donated in 1937 to the Arnold Arboretum, the core of this collection consists of seven large specimens of compact hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Chabo-hiba’)—each between 150 and 275 years old—that the Honorable Larz Anderson purchased from the Yokohama Nursery Company. Additional Anderson bonsai were donated in 1949 and the collection has expanded to include some younger plants. Peter will speak about the history and significance of this unique collection; give a detailed tour, and discuss the care regimen for these plants to ensure their continued health. An assortment of bonsai artifacts from the Arboretum archives will be on display in our library.  Image from Fee $20 Arboretum member, $30 nonmember. Register online at

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

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