Friday, April 4, 9:30 am – 10:45 am – Yoga in the Garden

Enjoy yoga in a peaceful, verdant setting at Elm Bank as the gardening season begins.

Instructor Cory Halaby has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than ten years. Her classes are designed to lift the spirit, clear the mind, and cultivate strength, flexibility, and balance on and off the mat. A trained life coach and Reiki practitioner, Cory draws from a powerful mix of mind/body skills to help students tap into their own vast capacity for wisdom, joy, and wonder.

All levels welcome and encouraged! Join The Massachusetts Horticultural Society for a single class beginning Friday, April 4, from 9:30 – 10:45, ($15.00 members, $18.00 non-members) or the full eight week series ($105.00 Mass Hort members, $130.00 non-members). Email for more information. Image from

Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Taste of the Back Bay

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay invites you to the 19th Annual Taste of the Back Bay on Thursday, April 3, from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Prudential Skywalk.  $75 NABB member price, $85 non-members, $100 at the door.  Please respond by April 2 at or call 617-247-3961.

Thursday, April 3, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – SKYWARN

A SKYWARN® Spotter training session will be held on Thursday April 3, 2014 from 7-10PM at the Petersham Center School located at 31 Spring Street in Petersham, MA.

SKYWARN® spotters are an important resource to the National Weather Service as they provide ground truth information in high impact weather events. These ground truth observations help aid in decisions in issuing watches, warnings and advisories. Not only will spotters learn how to observe the weather, they will also learn about valuable preparedness and safety tips. Trained spotters have been invaluable during weather events such as Post Tropical Storm Sandy, the February Blizzard of 2013, as well as during the Springfield Tornado. We are looking to attract as much interest as possible so we can expand our network and offer more extensive support to a greater area.  Image below from

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.  For more information visit

Thursday, April 3, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm – Landscape Education Day

Every new year comes with its own challenges for successful maintenance of healthy and attractive landscapes. These challenges include variable and unpredictable weather, insect pests, weeds and changing regulations. Join UMass Extension Educators at the UMass Cranberry Research Station, 1 State Bog Road in East Wareham on Thursday, April 3 from 10 – 3:30 for a day of learning about the latest research-based information to help you kick off a successful landscape management season. Topics include new nutrient regulations and BMPs for nutrient management, timely info on insect pests of landscape and urban trees, developing a landscape weed management program, principles of ecological landscaping, and finding the right plant for the right place. $75. Register online at, or phone 508-295-2212, x 47. Photo below from the Massachusetts Nursery & Landscaping Association.

Friday, April 4, 6:45 pm – Learned Societies: Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Pamela Diggle, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, and the 2015 Future President of the Botanical Society of America, will speak to the New England Botanical Club on Friday, April 4, in the Haller Lecture Hall, Room 102, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, on the topic of Learned Societies: Past, Present, and Future.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  For questions, contact

Thursday, March 27, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Esplanade Stories

Margo Newman will share famous historical stories related to the Charles River Esplanade on Thursday, March 27, from 6 – 7:30 pm at the University Club of Boston, 426 Stuart Street.  The event is sponsored by The Esplanade Association.  For more information visit

Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 pm – From Darwin to DNA: The Genetic Basis of Animal Behavior

How do certain animals, such as wild mice, evolve their most critical survival traits, including skin coloration, body shape, and the ability to dig elaborate tunnels in order to hide from predators? How fast can successive generations acquire visible traits, and how do animal genes and behavior interact? Evolutionary geneticist Hopi Hoekstra, Professor of Zoology and Curator of Mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, and colleagues have combined extensive field research with the latest techniques in DNA analysis to unlock one of biology’s most elusive secrets: the genes that control behavior. She will speak on Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 6 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. The Evolution Matters Lecture Series is supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit. Free and open to the public. Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Friday, March 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Climate Change

Join WGBH host Edgar B. Herwick III and a panel of experts — meteorologist Harvey Leonard, ocean and climate change expert Dr. Scott Doney (pictured below,)  WGBH/WCAI science editor Heather Goldstone, and director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Bruce Carlisle — to discuss some of the hot-button issues surrounding climate change and what rising sea levels will mean for New England — maybe within our lifetimes. What if a Hurricane Sandy hits here? What would the city of Boston look like afterwards? Can anything be done? These and other questions will be explored at this lively discussion, which is part of WGBH’s Smart Conversation series. A short reception will follow. The event will take place on Friday, March 28 beginning at 7 pm at the WGBH studios in Allston. $25 for WGBH members, $35 for non members. Register on line at

Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Bamboo: History, Horticulture, and Invention

Susanne Lucas, Bamboo Specialist and Executive Director of the World Bamboo Organization, will speak at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum on Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 7 pm, on Bamboo: History, Horticulture, and Invention. Bamboo has an unparalleled history; it is very old, and at the same time very new. Through its myriad uses as food, clothing, paper and shelter, bamboo has met the physical and spiritual requirements of humanity since the earliest times and played a vital role in the survival of many animals and ecosystems. As a fast growing renewable resource and in conjunction with advances in research and technology, the use of bamboo has increased dramatically, elevating its importance to human society – it can now be found in the filaments of light bulbs, the skins of airplanes and the reinforcements of concrete. Susanne will present an historical and modern view of bamboo. Her recently published book, Bamboo, will be available for purchase and signing. Free for Arboretum members, $10 for nonmembers.  Register online at

Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Massachusetts Agricultural History

Meg Muckenhoupt is such an extraordinarily good speaker we just had to have her again. Meg is an environmental and travel writer. Her book Boston Gardens and Green Spaces (Union Park Press, 2010) is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller, and she is co-creator of the Green Spaces: Boston app. She has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, and WGBH’s Forum site. She blogs at, and now is a reviewer on She is working on a new book on the history of Boston food, which may not be published by the date of the meeting, but which we eagerly anticipate. An optional lunch will follow the meeting, which takes place Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 10 am at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notice of the meeting. Image below from If you are interested in attending, please email

Saturday, March 29, 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 30, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Project Native Film Festival

Project Native will kick off its 4th Annual Environmental Film Festival on Saturday, March 29 at 7 pm with a special screening of Revolution, an award winning film by Rob Stewart, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  Free, and recommended for grade 5 and up.

Then, on Sunday, March 30, from 10 – 10 at the Triplex Theatre in Great Barrington, the films begin with Flight of the Butterflies in 3D (10 am), Salmon Confidential (10:10), Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale (11:45), Have You Seen Arana? (1:00), GMO-OMG (3:00) Backyard & Tar (5:05), Gold Fever (6:25), and Bringing It Home (8:00).  Free Admission, but seating is limited.  Tickets will be available at the box office the day of the festival.  For more information visit

Saturday, March 29, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – 39th Annual Gardeners Gathering

Do you love to garden? Join over 400 community and backyard gardening enthusiasts for a full day of lectures, demos and hands-on workshops on Saturday, March 29, from 11 – 5 at The Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street and Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth Street at Northeastern University in Boston. Learn how to keep bees, grow mushrooms, plan your garden and more. Plus, the perennially popular community garden awards will honor Bostonians who’ve made extraordinary contributions to our gardening community. Join Boston Natural Areas Network for this special event!  For more information visit 


Saturday, March 29, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Seed Starting Workshop – POSTPONED

The Beacon Hill Garden Club planned to offer a seed starting workshop on Saturday, March 29, from 2 – 4 pm at Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston, with a “seed whisperer” from the City of Boston greenhouses with excellent horticultural skills.  The session will be rescheduled.  For more information, or to register, email

Saturday, March 29, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm – Grafting Apple Trees

University of Massachusetts Extension will hold a hands-on workshop, Grafting Apple Trees, on Saturday, March 29, from 9 – 2:30 at The Farm School. 488 Moore Hill Road in Athol. Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting – they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed. Proper tools and sharpening will be included. All participants in the workshop will graft several of their own apple trees to take home.  There will be a break for participants to enjoy a BYO lunch.  You may register and pay at

Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 pm – American Oaks: A Genus to Love

American Oaks are diverse, display complex ecological relationships, and play an important role in ecosystem stability.  Join Grow Native Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway in Cambridge, to examine this wonderful genus, with an emphasis on the oaks of eastern North America.

Tim Boland, Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum in Martha’s Vineyard, will discuss their evolutionary history, importance to flora and fauna, and challenges in a rapidly changing climate. They also have a deep connection to humanity, and are revered for their resilience, age, and multiple uses. Admission is free.  Image from For more information visit

Tuesdays, April 1 – June 3, 9:00 am – 11:30 am – Botanical Drawing

Taking your inspiration from the historical tradition of botanical illustration, learn to draw botanical specimens in a wide range of drawing media, including graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil. In this 10 week, Cambridge Center for Adult Education class, you will look at the work of great botanical illustrators. You will explore composition and personal style as you execute carefully observed perceptual drawings. The instructor, Sean Dunstan-Halliday, will supply some plants, but you also will be asked to bring in specimens. The class includes excursions to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The first class will take place Tuesday, April 1 at 42 Brattle Street in Cambridge. The tuition is $249, and you may sign up at Thank you Meg Muckenhoupt for the tip.


Saturday, March 22, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – 2014 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

The 24th Annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, Healthy Land – Healthy Communities, will take place Saturday, March 22, from 8 – 4 at the Worcester Technical High School. One Skyline Drive in Worcester. This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members and staff, parks administrators and advocates, colleagues from federal, state and local government agencies, students, and philanthropists an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and discussions that focus on fostering healthy communities in Massachusetts through land conservation. Join your colleagues in land conservation and acquire the information, skills, and connections you need to be most effective.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Eric Chivian, Nobel Laureate, Founder of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Director of The Program for Preserving the Natural World, and heirloom apple farmer, pictured below.

Registration is $42 for MLTC members, $62 for non members, and $30 for students.  Register online at

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Mikyoung Kim’s Transformational Landscapes

Mikyoung Kim, M.L.A., Landscape Architect, Mikyoung Kim Designs and Professor Emerita, Rhode Island School of Design, will speak on Thursday, March 27 at 7 pm at the Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. The interplay of sound, light, and color is ever-present in the award-winning designs of Mikyoung Kim. She juxtaposes constructs of intimacy with vibrancy, solitude amid community, technology with nature, and formality with playfulness in the public spaces she designs for respite and revitalization. With a background in music, her work is an alchemy of multisensory experience. Mikyoung Kim will speak about her design process, where she finds inspiration, and the ways that her landscapes inform and move people, in a range of project types; from healing environments to public parks. She will discuss her most notable projects: the ChongGae Canal Restoration in Seoul’s Central Business District for which her firm transformed two superblocks into a central gathering space, re-engaging visitors with the ChongGae River and the Crown Sky Garden (pictured below), a healing environment for the Chicago Lurie Children’s Hospital, which was recently highlighted in The New York Times. Free for Arboretum members and students, $15 nonmember.  Register on line at

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Spring Care of Trees and Shrubs

The key to healthy trees and shrubs is proactive monitoring. Hartney Greymont tree professional Scott McPhee will take you through their checklist of spring chores at this Massachusetts Horticultural Society lecture on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 7 pm at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. Learn to look for the signs of pests and disease and learn the appropriate time for tree care. What should you look for when doing a spring tree inspection? What should you use to fertilize your trees and shrubs and when should you do it? When should you prune? When is it too late to save a tree? When is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs? Scott will answer these and many more questions you have about the care of your landscape as well letting you know when it’s time to call a professional to do the job.

Scott McPhee has a BS in Urban Forestry and Arboriculture from UMass Amherst, is a Mass Certified Arborist and ISA certified arborist. Scott also has 30 years experience working with people and their plants as a pruning instructor for the home gardener and the industry professional alike.

Hartney Greymont, a tree, turf and landscape specialist company and a division of Davey Tree, is passionate about the services it provides and is committed to exceeding customers’ expectations.

Lecture Fee $10 Mass Hort members; $15 non-members.  Register at or call 617- 933 – 4973.

Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 am – Boston Committee Spring Lecture and Luncheon

Garden Club of the Back Bay and other Boston Committee club members will receive a written invitation to the spring meeting.  If you are interested in attending, and are not a member of a Boston Committee club, please email for more information.




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