Through Monday, October 26 – American Horticultural Society’s 2015 Online Auction

The not for profit American Horticultural Society offers one of a kind garden experiences all over the United States on its online auction site, and proceeds support AHS educational programs. This week we are highlighting one auction item a day selected from hundreds of options. For the full list visit http://www.ahs.org/online-auction.

For the golf enthusiasts who travel to South Carolina in the winter, this one’s for you.  Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina with Botanical Garden Director Andy Cabe.  Your visit for up to four include a personal tour of the Riverbanks Botanical Garden with Garden Director Andy Cabe, lunch with Andy at one of Riverbank’s on-site eateries, and of course admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Located on the west bank of the Saluda River and connected by bridge to the renowned Riverbanks Zoo, the Riverbanks Botanical Garden features scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks, and themed gardens. The Walled Garden, the horticultural jewel of the Botanical Garden, opened to the public in 1995 and is filled with scents, colors, and textures of plants from all over the world. Riverbanks’ Old Rose Garden features 120 varieties of roses, including one of the largest public collections of Noisette roses in the world. Known for their sweet perfume and repeat bloom, the Noisettes originated in Charleston, South Carolina, so hold a special place in regional history. In addition to its botanical collections and natural beauty, the Garden site has significant historical value as the location of one of South Carolina’s first water-powered textile mills. (Depending on interests, a tour of the Riverbanks Zoo may also be included as part of this experience.)

Andy Cabe, Botanical Garden Director at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, is a Columbia native and a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Andy has been with Riverbanks for over 15 years. He enjoys working with all types of plants, but bulbs are one of his true passions. One of Andy’s current projects is the development of a new, 3-acre, interactive children’s garden which is slated to open in late 2015.

Best times to visit: while anytime is a good time to visit Riverbanks, March, April, and May are peak months. Garden enthusiasts might want to avoid spring break which is usually the busiest time of year when crowds are at their peak.  Conditions/Limitations for this item: tour to be arranged at a mutually agreeable time subject to host’s availability by October 31, 2016.


Through Monday, October 26 – American Horticultural Society 2015 Online Auction

The not for profit American Horticultural Society offers one of a kind garden experiences all over the United States on its online auction site, and proceeds support AHS educational programs. This week we are highlighting one auction item a day selected from hundreds of options. For the full list visit http://www.ahs.org/online-auction.

Today we present The Other Side of Orlando, for all the snowbirds out there. Your visit for one or two people includes a private tour of Orlando’s beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens with Executive Director Robert Bowden and AHS President Emeritus Katy Moss Warner, a visit to Orlando’s innovative East End Market, and lunch at the highly acclaimed Txokos Basque Restaurant with Katy and Robert.

Everyone has heard of Central Florida’s world-class theme parks, but what about the other side of Orlando? Hosted by two of the region’s most highly regarded horticulturists, this experience will introduce you to the rich history, deep horticultural roots, and sense of community that makes people want to call Central Florida home.

Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical treasure, just minutes from downtown Orlando, that features an extensive collection of temperate and tropical plants. Visitors enjoy strolling on the meandering walks under the shade of 200-year-old oaks and through forests of camellias. The lakeside gardens and Leu House museum provide a glimpse of what turn-of-the-century life in Orlando was like. Nearby, the East End Market is a neighborhood market and cultural hub that features local farmers and artisans – including the Txokos Basque Restaurant, which offers an authentic taste of a region in Spain with fresh and local produce featured in its cuisine.

Katy Moss Warner and Robert Bowden are both longtime residents of Central Florida. Katy is President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society. She is an accomplished horticulturist and public garden professional, having spent over 20 years with the Disney organization as Walt Disney World’s Director of Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives prior to joining the AHS. Robert is Executive Director of Harry P. Leu Gardens. An avid plantsman and hands-on gardener, Robert readily shares his enthusiasm for plants through his writing, photography, and teaching.

Best times to visit: Orlando is a year-round destination. At Leu Gardens, visitors will find camellias at their peak during the winter months, azaleas and roses in spring, and tropical plants in summer Tour to be arranged at a mutually agreeable time subject to host’s availability by October 31, 2016.


Friday, October 23, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner

Woodturning has a history dating back to 1300 BC Egypt. Unique in relation to most woodworking due to its use of a lathe, woodturners turn out practical, functional pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic.

Three woodturning associations, The Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART), Central New England Woodturners, and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners, have come together for this very special Arnold Arboretum exhibition, bringing their own creativity and technical expertise and displaying unique pieces for utilitarian use and aesthetic enjoyment. Join us as turners demonstrate their skill working the lathe throughout the week-end of October 24 – 25, and attend the opening reception on Friday, October 23, from 5 – 7 in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall. Select work will also be on display in the Hunnewell Visitor Center October 9 through November 8. Free, no registration required.


Through Monday, October 26 – American Horticultural Society 2015 Online Auction

The not for profit American Horticultural Society offers one of a kind garden experiences all over the United States on its online auction site, and proceeds support AHS educational programs. This week we are highlighting one auction item a day selected from hundreds of options. For the full list visit http://www.ahs.org/online-auction.

Today’s item is a visit to the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania hosted by Paul Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director. Your visit for up to four includes a personalized golf cart tour of the Morris Arboretum and Bloomfield Farm, and refreshments in the garden with Executive Director Paul Meyer, 2014 winner of the American Horticultural Society’s prestigious Liberty Hyde Bailey Award

The Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre public garden is an ever-changing horticultural display featuring a spectacular collection of rare and mature trees in a Victorian landscape. The Arboretum boasts many exceptional features such as a formal rose garden, a swan pond, open vistas, wetlands, sculptures, garden architecture, and an elegant Fernery — the only restored free-standing fernery in North America. The iconic Out on a Limb canopy walk takes visitors 50 feet up into the treetops for a bird’s eye view of the canopy. Bloomfield Farm is an adjacent, non-public, 74-acre research and support site. Its Horticulture Center is certified as Platinum LEED®, illustrating the Arboretum’s commitment to the highest level of sustainability.

During your tour, Paul will discuss the origins, development, recent restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic gardens. The Morris Arboretum was founded in 1887 as a private estate, and established in 1932 as an arboretum and public garden. Paul will also focus on his favorite plants in the Arboretum’s living collection, which contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs. He will share insights about the attributes of those species, and how these individual plants became part of the Arboretum’s collection

Paul Meyer has been the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania since 1991, and has played a major role in the restoration of its late-Victorian gardens. He is a leader in the field of plant exploration and evaluation, having completed twelve expeditions to countries including China, Korea, Taiwan, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia. The Arboretum is a year-round destination and the gardens offer four seasons of interest, and is an easy train ride from Boston.

Conditions/limitations for this item: Tour to be arranged at a mutually agreeable time subject to host’s availability by October 31, 2016; this personalized tour is available only on weekday mornings, afternoons, or early evenings.  Photo by Paul Meyer.


Sunday, October 25, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Autumn Leaves: Botanical Painting in Watercolor

How closely have you studied autumn leaves? This popular Tower Hill Botanic Garden workshop takes leaf-peeping to another level! Join botanical artist / illustrator Helen Byers on Sunday, October 25 from 10 – 3 to celebrate the forms and hues of autumn by painting a single leaf in glorious detail. Instruction will cover drawing for accuracy, color mixing, and painting in layers. Helen will provide demos, helpful tips, and plenty of individual attention. All levels welcome. To see examples of Helen’s work and slideshows from her courses, visit her website at helenbyers.com. Tower Hill members $50, nonmembers $65. Register at www.towerhillbg.org.

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Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – All About Apples

The Trustees, Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation organization, announced an exciting line up of culinary, health, and wellness programs being offered throughout the month of October in the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market on Congress Street in Boston. As the programming partner for the state-of-the art KITCHEN space at the nation’s only all-locally sourced Market of its kind, The Trustees offers programs during Market opening hours designed to connect Boston residents, commuters, and visitors to local food and healthy, active living. Programs include a diverse selection of free and paid hands-on classes and workshops, demos, lectures and special events. For a full line up of currently scheduled program offerings and to register, visit: thetrustees.org/KITCHEN. For more information, email kitcheninfo@thetrustees.org or call 617.542.7696 x2117.

On Thursday, October 22, from 6:30 – 8:30, Dr. Wes Autio of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst discusses the techniques for growing apples in the landscape, including both horticulture and pest management. The program will end with a tasting of many of the apple varieties grown at the University of Massachusetts’ Cold Spring Orchard. Fee: Free.


Through Monday, October 26 – American Horticultural Society 2015 Online Auction

The not for profit American Horticultural Society offers one of a kind garden experiences all over the United States on its online auction site, and proceeds support AHS educational programs.  For the next few days we will highlight one auction item a day selected from many delightful options.  For the full list visit http://www.ahs.org/online-auction.

Today’s offering is a visit to Portland and Cape Elizabeth, Maine, hosted by Jane L. and Lee Taylor. Your visit will include:

A personal horticultural highlights tour, including visits to some of Jane’s favorite gardens and historical sites in the Cape Elizabeth area, a Maine lobster lunch, cooked and served in Jane and Lee Taylor’s backyard garden, and lots of fun for the eco-minded!

Portland is Maine’s business, financial, retail, and “foodie” capital, and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay. The metropolitan hub of Maine’s south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern, urban environment. A short four-mile drive south from Portland takes you to Cape Elizabeth, home of Fort Williams Park and the Portland Headlight, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

Jane Taylor is founding curator of the renowned Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. The first of its kind – and a hit since its inception – the 4-H Children’s Garden has served as inspiration for children’s gardens across the country. In recognition of her pioneering contributions to the field of youth gardening, Jane was honored in 2000 by the American Horticultural Society as the namesake of the Society’s Great American Gardeners Award recognizing excellence in youth gardening. Jane and Lee retired to the Portland area in 2007, and Jane delights in sharing her pride in her new hometown with visitors.

Best time to visit: June through September (some blackout dates apply). Image from www.lighthousegetaway.com.


Saturday, October 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Yard to Table: Edible Garden Design

You’ve decided to create a food garden. Now learn how to design attractive gardens filled with both ornamental plants and nutrient-dense edibles. On Saturday, October 24 from 10:30 – 12:30, instructor Ben Barkan of Home Harvest will discuss site considerations, the  design process, sustainable land-use techniques, companion planting, how to incorporate both perennial and annual edibles and how to maximize garden productivity. The Tower Hill Botanic Garden Soil Health workshop provides lots of useful background for this class, but is not a prerequisite. We’ll talk about how to harmonize your gardens with the surrounding landscape and how to mimic natural ecosystems to maximize garden resilience and beauty. $20 for members of Tower Hill, $35 for nonmembers. Register at www.towerhillbg.org.  Image from www.guerillrr.com.


Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm – Sequence of Bloom

The Hopkinton Garden Club is an affiliate of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. On October 20, 2015, Laura Bibler will join them to present a program entitled Sequence of Bloom. The presentation is a slide lecture that allows audiences to enjoy a walk through the seasons. This photographic presentation of the succession of bloom as it relates to the ever changing landscape provides a thorough survey of this essential element of landscape design.

Laura has served on the Executive Board of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Laura has also served on The Stevens-Coolidge Place Committee and The Trustees of Reservations with a particular interest in Historic Preservation. Her many projects range from modest garden spaces to comprehensive master plans for private homes to Historical Estates.

The meeting will be held at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main Street, Room 213, in Hopkinton. The general meeting starts at 6:30p.m. The speaker portion starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. New members are welcome any time during our club year. For more information, please email info@hopkintongardenclub.org or visit  www.hopkintongardenclub.org.

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Saturday, October 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Heirloom Pumpkin Harvest Centerpiece

Make an autumn centerpiece that can be used for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, in this Tower Hill Botanic Garden class led by Betsy Williams on Saturday, October 24 from 10 – 12. Heirloom pumpkins are actually a hard-shelled squash. Flatter then Halloween pumpkins, they come in shades of celadon, forest green, cream and peach. An uncut heirloom pumpkin makes an elegant base for a striking harvest arrangement of richly colored dried flowers, herbs, grains, pods, nuts, mosses, berries and preserved leaves. The finished arrangement can be used as a harvest table accent for many weeks. All plant material, glues and Heirloom pumpkins are supplied by the instructor. Be sure to bring a pair of floral scissors and apron with you. Tower Hill members $75, nonmembers $90. Register online at www.towerhillbg.org.