Sunday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Memorial

We have learned that this coming weekend, the 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Memorial between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall will be celebrated.  Enjoy a charming video of the making and the dedication of the statue at, featuring a young Tom Menino.

Women's Memorial

Tuesday, November 12 – 2013 Annual Meeting of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy

You are invited to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on Tuesday, November 12 at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts.  Reception begins at 5:30, program at 6 pm.  Please join them and come together to thank volunteers, celebrate our parks community, and share a vision of the Emerald Necklace.  The Keynote Address will be given by Ned Friedman: The Emerald Necklace – Urban Gems of Landscape and Biodiversity.  There will be a special presentation of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award to Gerry Wright, co-founder of Olmsted 2022, Friends of Jamaica Pond, and Friends of Olmsted Park – Boston.  Hosting sponsor of this meeting is Simmons College, and the meeting sponsors are MASCO and Colleges of the Fenway.  This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP by November 4 online at, or by calling 617-522-2700.

William (Ned) Friedman is Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  He received an A.B. in Biology from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Berkeley.

Friday, November 8 – Saturday, November 23 – Simple Machine’s Stage Adaptation of The Turn of the Screw

From November 8 through November 23, 2013, Simple Machine proudly presents Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by M. Bevin O’Gara.

James’ classic story of a young governess charged with caring for two orphaned children at a lonely English country estate is one of the most famous Victorian ghost stories ever written. Hatcher’s adaptation ratchets up the psychological suspense and intimacy of the story with two actors playing all the roles.

The Turn of the Screw will be staged in two historic houses in Boston. The Gibson House Museum in Back Bay is a beautifully preserved 19th century home that has served as a museum for over 40 years. The Taylor House Bed & Breakfast was built as a residence in the 1850s at the height of Jamaica Plain’s golden age and has been lovingly restored in recent years to its former glory. Although both houses are from the same era, the staging in each will be unique to that location; these remarkable settings will give audiences an authentic and exhilarating atmosphere in which to experience this classic Gothic thriller. All performances will start at 7:30 pm. The performance runs approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. Due to the intimate nature of the venues, there will be no late seating.

Tickets and specific dates of performance are available through for $25.

Holiday Wreaths 2013 Season Kickoff

While you may think we’re crazy to think about holiday wreaths in October, we actually think about holiday wreaths all year long.  In summer and fall we clip and dry natural materials, buy ribbon on sale, schedule venues, design order forms and advertisements, and generally obsess about the beautiful creations we will make in December.  This year, our wreath project will be in full swing December 1 (set up at The First Lutheran Church of Boston), then, on Monday December 2 – Thursday December 5, we will produce and deliver hundreds of glorious wreaths for our neighborhood and beyond.  All proceeds benefit the trees of Back Bay, and help fund our many charitable projects.  Order forms will be mailed soon to customers from the past two years, and to our membership.  If you are not on that list, you may print the order form from this website, email and request one (we can send it by email or snail mail as you prefer,) or call 617-859-8865 and leave your name, address and telephone number.   Over the next weeks we will feature pictures and information on our many styles, each of which is custom designed for the customer.


Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 pm – Seventy-Five Years Later: The Hurricane of 1938

Historic New England, in partnership with Saylesville Friends Meeting,  will sponsor an event at the Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island, on Tuesday, October 29, with a lecture at 6 pm and reception at 7 pm. On September 21, 1938, a massive hurricane hit New York and New England, to the surprise of all residents. The Great New England Hurricane, one of the most destructive storms in American history, caused more than six hundred deaths and $400 million in property damages. What made this storm unique? In this illustrated lecture, learn about the impact and aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938 in southern New England. Reception at Arnold House to follow lecture.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 for nonmembers.  Registration is recommended.  Call 617-994-5959.

Tuesday, November 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Dymystifying the Flora Novae Angliae

The newly published Flora Novae Angliae is now the most up-to-date and comprehensive compendium of the plants in the New England region. Are you reluctant to delve into it because of the technical terms and the unfamiliar format? On Tuesday, November 5 from 10 – noon, receive an introduction to the organization of the Flora and then learn some simple techniques to verify the plants you may have already identified. Using the Flora can be like using a dictionary to clarify the meaning of a word! Practice your skills during class with a couple of plant families and a few species. Bring a copy of the Flora if you have one, otherwise all materials provided. The class will take place at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods in Framingham, and is co-sponsored by NEWFS and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. $26 for Arnold Arboretum or NEWFS member, $32 nonmember. Register online at or at  The class will be taught by botanist and author Neela DeZoysa, PhD.

Saturday, October 26, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Educators: Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree

Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore the natural world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, these new curricula provide an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Educators taking this professional development workshop on Saturday, October 26 from 9 – 3:30 will receive award winning curriculum guides for educators of young children. The activity guides feature over 150 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Join instructors Patti Steinman, Education Coordinator, Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Kim Noyes, Northfield Mountain’s Education Coordinator, for a fun-filled day of interactive, hands-on, activities. Gain experience and skills helpful for taking children outside to explore the natural world. This professional development workshop is great for teachers, camp counselors, child care providers, home school parents and other educators. Both curricula are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Fee is $40, which includes two activity guides. The event will take place at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, and is co-sponsored with Massachusetts Audubon Society. To register call 413-584-3009 or online through Mass Audubon.

Friday, November 1, 6:45 pm – Ginkgo: An Evolutionary and Cultural Biography

Dr. Peter Crane, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale University, will speak on Friday, November 1 on Ginkgo: An Evolutionary and Cultural Biography, at the meeting of the New England Botanical Club in the Haller Lecture Hall (Room 102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.

Dean Crane’s work focuses on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use. From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum’s scientific programs. During this time he established the Office of Environmental and Conservation Programs and the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, which today make up the Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). From 1999 to 2006 he was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world. His tenure at Kew saw strengthening and expansion of the gardens’ scientific, conservation, and public programs. Dean Crane was elected to the Royal Society (the U.K. academy of sciences) in 1998. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He was knighted in the U.K. for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. Dean Crane currently serves on the Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

For information visit

Tuesday, November 5, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm – ELA Season’s End Summit: Natural Landscapes

Natural Landscapes are not just for nature preserves. Join the Ecological Landscaping Association at Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Avenue in Stoneham on Tuesday, November 5, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm,  for a full day of presentations, panel discussions, and networking with colleagues to explore the many aspects of natural landscapes. Learn techniques to expand client notions of the potential of ecological landscapes.  $75 for ELA members, $95 nonmembers, including lunch and networking.  Featured speakers are Nanette Masi, a landscape designer specializing in Wildlife Habitat, Carolyn Summers, Kim Eierman, Amanda Hardy Sloan, Carl Brodeur, Kate Pawling, Darryl Newman, and Jeremy Dick.  Image from Register online at

Saturday, October 19, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – South End House Tour: Back to Our Roots

Tomorrow is the day of the 45th Annual South End House Tour, hosted by The South End Historical Society.  The tour will take place from 10 – 5, rain or shine. Day of tour tickets may be purchased for $30 in the theater lobby of the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, and at Roundeau-Tierney Real Estate, 69 Appleton Street.  For complete information visit, or call 617-536-4445.  All House Tour attendees gain free admission to the Ellis Boston Antiques Show.

Saturday, November 9, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Project Handprint Symposium

The Wellesley Center for the Environment’s Project Handprint is creating a powerful new learning community focused on environmental issues.  This inaugural symposium for Project Handprint brings together alumnae, faculty, staff, students, and Friends who are interested in and working on improving food systems, from production through consumption.  Be inspired to expand your handprint.  Hear from faculty about current research in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and beyond.  Connect with farmers, foodies, scientists, policy-makers, and activists about their current roles and the paths they took to get there.  The symposium will take place Saturday, November 9, from 2 – 6 in the Wellesley College Science Center Focus.  Free, but space is limited.  Please pre-register by Friday, November 1 by calling 781-283-3094, or email

Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 pm – Feasting at Leisure: 19th Century Hotel and Resort Dining

During the 19th century, hotels and resorts elevated fine dining for their guests to an art form, a combination of entertainment and spectacle. This Wednesday, November 6 lecture, Feasting at Leisure: 19th Century Hotel and Resort Dining by Mary Ann Caton, Director of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, examines the causes for such feasting and highlights special foods, chefs, menus and recipes used at resorts from New York to Newport and beyond.

Admission: Newport Mansions Members free, general admission $5. Advance registration required. Register online, or call Brittany Hullinger at 401-847-1000 ext. 154.

Saturday, October 26, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm – Canine Promenade

The Esplanade Association’s Annual Canine Promenade is just around the corner.  Don’t miss your chance to join them for this adorable parade of pets dressed in festive holiday costumes.  Whether you are a pet owner or spectator, this is one event that can be enjoyed by everyone.  Meet in front of the Hatch Shell.  Last year over 100 pups came out to the park, and they are expecting a great turnout again.  Following the parade a panel of judges will award prizes for best costume and invite guests to provide some helpful tips for dog owners.  Tickets are $15 a dog if you wish to enter your own pooch.  Sign up on line at  Thank you for the perfect picture.

Saturday, October 26, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – The Garnet Cabinet

The Millers River Natural History Museum and Laboratory presents its inaugural show, The Garnet Cabinet, on October 26 in a new gallery at 100 Main Street in Athol, Massachusetts. The three-dimensional “cabinet” made by Royalston artist Donald Shambroom uses paintings, sculpture, and rhombic dodecahedrons constructed of cardboard by local crafters, to evoke the space under the earth’s crust where crystals formed more than 360 million years ago.  For more information visit Below is Mr. Shambroom’s “Geranium.”

Saturday, October 26, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – All Eyes on Invasive Insects

Do invasive insects threaten the Arnold Arboretum’s valuable tree species? Join Rachel Brinkman, Horticultural Apprentice, at the Arborway Gate of the Arnold Arboretum on Saturday, October 26 at 11:30 am on a tour to learn more about the Asian Long Horn Beetle (ALB), Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (below), and other pests. Learn about susceptible tree species and how to identify these insects before they infest trees. Neither EAB nor ALB have been found in the Arboretum, but close monitoring is critical. Bring binoculars if you have them; a limited number will be available to borrow.  In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209. This activity is free, but you may register at

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm – Alfred Russel Wallace Day

Although Alfred Russel Wallace co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin, he has held a relatively obscure place in the history of science. This year marks the centenary of his death and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival, is celebrating Wallace’s rich legacy with “Wallace Day” on Saturday, October 26.  Learn more about a brilliant scientist, a heroic naturalist, and a passionate social reformer.

Event Schedule
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (In the galleries, free with museum admission)
Explore the HMNH galleries and see a one-day-only display of Wallace-related specimens and objects from the Museum’s zoological collections. Come see Wallace’s spectacular birds of paradise and birdwing butterflies. At 2:00 pm
, join Alfred Russel Wallace himself (impersonated by Wallace historian and evolutionary biologist Andrew Berry) for a live presentation about his remarkable life as scientist, author, and social activist.

Evening program (below): Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available by online registration only.  Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking is available after 3:00 pm in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

4:00 pm
Who was Alfred Russel Wallace?
A panel discussion with: James T. Costa, Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University; John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum; James Wood, Professor of Literary Criticism at Harvard University and staff writer for The New Yorker. Moderated by Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, and acclaimed biographer of Charles Darwin.

Parallel Lives: Edward O. Wilson & Alfred Russel Wallace
A conversation with Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, and Andrew Berry, Wallace historian and Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

The evening program will conclude with a reception in the HMNH galleries for all ticket holders.

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Opening Reception for Dispersal: Photographs by Anna Laurent

Seed pods are incredible vessels, protecting seeds as they develop and assisting with their dispersal. Photographer Anna Laurent explores the evolution of different forms to fulfill these common functions. Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, the collection becomes a visual and scientific inquiry into the remarkable diversity of botanic design. The project began in urban Southern California and has extended to the rain forests of Hawaii, the deserts of northern Iraq, and public gardens throughout the United States, including the Arnold Arboretum. This Arnold Arboretum exhibit runs through January 26, 2014, but the artist will speak of her work at the opening reception on Saturday, October 26, from 1 – 3 at the Hunnewell Building lecture hall at 125 Arborway. For show hours visit

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Walid Raad and Theaster Gates: On Art in Cities

Theaster Gates, an artist trained as an urban planner and sculptor (pictured below courtesy of,) has developed a practice that includes space development, object making, performance, and critical engagement with many publics. Among recent projects, he was a participating artist in Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, for “12 Ballads for Huguenot House.” Gates, a 2011 Loeb Fellow, is a Creative Time Global Resident for 2012–13 and was honored by the Wall Street Journal as an Arts Innovator of the Year in 2012. Walid Raad is a New York-based artist and associate professor of art at The Cooper Union. His works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project about the history of Lebanon between 1989 and 2004; the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut); and several books.  They will be in conversation on Thursday, October 24, from 6:30 – 8 in the Piper Auditorium of Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, in a free program sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  For more information email

Thursday, October 24, 6:00 pm – Time Reckonings

The Harvard Museum of Natural History will present a lecture and reception with Daniel Lord Smail on Thursday, October 24, beginning at 6 pm in Haller Hall, 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge, entitled Time Reckonings. It is hard to imagine life functioning without a universal, scientific, and technologically-driven system of time-keeping and measurement, yet it once did. One of the great transformations in European history was the shift from relative time to absolute time. With this shift, the modern discipline of history became subject to chronological reckonings and concordances. Daniel Lord Smail will explore these ways of interpreting time. This event is in conjunction with the current Harvard Museums of Science and Culture exhibition Time and Time Again at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Lecture followed by reception in the HMNH galleries.  Free and open to the public.  Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage after 5 pm.

Fridays, October 25 – November 22, 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Plant Stories and Poetry Reading Group

Bring your lunch and join the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens for a weekly discussion with experienced group leader Joan Parrish of short stories and poetry featuring plants.  Joan is a WCBG docent with a master’s degree in adult education from Boston University and teacher of short story courses for Life Long Learning at Regis College.  Each week (Fridays, October 25 – November 22, from 12:15 – 2) read one assigned short story and one poem for discussion.  Peas, mango blooms, sawlogs, and blue flowers are some of the plants that inspire and contribute meaning to works by authors including Andrea Barrett, Rick Bass, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  The story for the first session, “Flowers” by Alice Walker, and the poem “Peonies” by Jane Kenyon can be read online or picked up the the Friends’ office.  WCBG free, nonmembers $25 for the series.  Contact, or call 781-283-3094.

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