Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Daylilies: Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil

What flower says “summer” more exquisitely than a daylily? In this two-day Tower Hill Botanic Garden workshop on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 – 27 from 10 – 4, artist/illustrator Helen Byers will demonstrate the use of colored pencils to create a luminous, detailed portrait of this graceful perennial. Studying the forms and habits of leaves, stems, buds, and blossoms, we will practice techniques for achieving accurate color, value, and proportion. All levels welcome! A supplies list will be sent to registrants. To see examples of Helen’s work, visit her website at www.helenbyers.com. THBG members $100, nonmembers $130.  Register at www.towerhillbg.org.

Tuesday, July 29 – Thursday, July 31, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Painting with Sunshine: The Sunflower

The Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens has scheduled a three day program at the height of sunflower season, July 29 – July 31, 9:30 – 3:30, which will lift your spirits.  Van Gogh’s iconic paintings of sunflowers have inspired many artists to capture their strength and vibrancy.  Don’t be daunted by the complexity of their spiral centers.  Join this workshop with Elaine Searle to explore the sunflower from all angles.  Create a study sheet or small painting filled with sunshine.  You may discover that the backs of the blooms are just as fascinating as their faces.  Friends price $340; non-members $425. Register by email at wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu, or call 781-283-3094. Image from www.naturework.wordpress.com.

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Wednesday, August 6, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm – The 60th Annual Nantucket Garden Club House and Garden Tour

Views of Monomoy, The Nantucket Garden Club’s 60th Annual House Tour on Wednesday, August 6, from 11 – 4:30, rain or shine, will feature homes and gardens in Monomoy. Free bus transportation from Town. Tickets: $50.00 each, cash or check only. Tickets will be sold at various Island locations one week prior to the Tour and at each participating house on the day of the Tour. All proceeds support Nantucket conservation, scholarships, and community projects. For more information visit www.nantucketgardenclub.org.  Photo from www.jardinsintl.com.

Wednesday, July 30 – Friday, August 1 – The Food Project Institute

Throughout the year, The Food Project hums like a complex ecosystem: all different pieces of the organization work together and complement each other to provide youth and community with a sustainable food system and a sense of social awareness. But how does it all work? What is the recipe for success in farming, youth development AND social change?

TFP will answer these questions when we open our doors for our Summer Institute July 30 – August 1. This three-day workshop offers a rare chance to see the intimate details of The Food Project’s inner workings. The Summer Institute is an engaging, interactive learning experience for anyone interested in the issues of youth, food, and community.

Day 1

Our first day will be split between two topics: mission-based management and production agriculture with youth. The first part of the day will be spent training participants on the tools and artistry needed to run a high participation, mission-driven organization. We will discuss what it takes personally, philosophically, and professionally to create and sustain an organization.

The second half of this day will focus on running a production farm with young people. Our Director of Agriculture will lead a hands-on training based in our rural fields and greenhouse. It will include the practices one needs to involve youth in a productive farming operation.

Days 2 and 3

The next two days of this Institute allow participants to experience The Food Project’s Summer Youth Program first-hand. This program is our beginning program for youth engaged in community development through food systems work. For over ten years, many people have asked to see this innovative program in action. In this segment of the training, you will learn about the program’s structure, farm side by side with teens, attend a community lunch, watch teens run our farmers market in the city, and engage your peers about how to create effective youth in food systems programs in your community.

This three-day workshop promises to be interactive, intimate, and experiential. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. We will accept applications on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information on the Summer Institute, please email institute@thefoodproject.org or call 781-259-8621 x29 to speak with Cindy Davenport, Director of Programming and Institutional Learning.

To register please go to www.thefoodproject.org/institute and submit a $400 payment as directed. Then, fill out the registration form and email it to institute@thefoodproject.org, mail it to the Lincoln office at 10 Lewis Street, Lincoln, MA 01773, or fax it to (781) 259 9659.

Northeastern Institute of Cannabis to Open in Natick

Well, this is horticultural news, in a way, and we can’t wait for the T-shirt.  CNN reports that The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis (www.northeasterninstituteofcannabis.com) is set to open its doors in the spring of 2014 in Natick.  Course offerings will include Medical Marijuana 101, Understanding Regulations, Cannabis Industry Vocational Training, Cannabis Safety, Cannabis History, Cannabis Law New England, Industrial Hemp, and more. The mission of the Institute of Cannabis is to advance knowledge and educate students in cannabis as a plant, the cannabis industry, and other areas of learning that are of importance to cannabis culture and business. The Institute is dedicated to creating, understanding, protecting, and the sharing of information; and developing a community of educated citizens that can apply their knowledge to the reemerging cannabis environment. The Institute of Cannabis provides students with robust academic coursework, as well as opportunities for realizing their potential in the cannabis industry. The Dean, Dr. Keith Saunders (pictured below,) is a sociologist whose professional work focuses on researching marijuana culture and the marijuana policy reform movement.

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Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Gardening Connections

Do you routinely turn to Google or DuckDuckGo to answer your gardening questions? There’s a wide array of other options to try and this Tower Hill Botanic Garden workshop will review websites, searchable databases, digital repositories and other resources to optimize your searching. Tower Hill Librarian Kathy Bell will also demonstrate a selection of apps and garden design software you’ll want to know about. The class will take place Wednesday, July 23 from 7 – 8, and is free with garden admission. Limited to 20. Register at www.towerhillbg.org.

Saturday, July 26, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Getting to Know Your Chainsaw

Before using a chainsaw, it is best to understand all of its parts, built in safety features, maintenance requirements, and the forces in play once you rev its small but powerful engine. If you own a saw, bring it to this Arnold Arboretum class, to be held Saturday, July 26, from 9 – 12:30 in the Hunnewell Building Equipment Garage (and you know you’ve always wanted to see the Equipment Garage – this of what must be stored there!) If you don’t own a saw but intend to purchase one, wait until you’ve attended the class to learn which styles and features are best for your size and needs. Participants should bring safety goggles, gloves, and ear protection. Dress for the outdoors and bring a snack and beverage. Head arborist John DelRosso will conduct the session. A class on use and felling techniques will be offered on October 4. Registrants must sign an Assumption of Risk and Release to participate.  Fee $45 Arboretum member, $58 nonmember.  Register on line at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Policies.aspx.

Thursday, July 17, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Flowers that Fly: Habitat Gardening for Butterflies

On Thursday, July 17, beginning at 7 pm in the Parkman Room at the Education Building, Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Sharon Stichter will share images and distinguish between larval host plants, giving examples for garden-friendly species, and nectar sources which appeal to a wide range of butterfly species. An annotated plant list for New England Gardens will be provided.

Sharon Stichter has co-taught a course on pollinator gardening for the New England Wildflower Society, and presents to many garden clubs on the topic. She draws on her personal experience of creating a butterfly garden at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts. She was past Editor of the Mass Butterfly Club journal, author of the website The Butterflies of Massachusetts: A New Look at their History and Status, and a participant in several scientific studies on butterflies and climate change, with associated publications.  Mass Hort members $10, non-members $15.  Register by calling 617-933-4973, or visiting www.masshort.org. Photo by Lisa Daley-Bromberg courtesy of Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Saturday, January 10 – Sunday, February 1 – Gardens, Wine & Wilderness: A Tour of New Zealand

New Zealand is a land of immense beauty. The American Horticutural Society is thrilled to once again offer the opportunity to experience the gardens, wine, and wilderness of this special place. Please join us, as we visit some of the most spectacular places on earth while experiencing New Zealand’s unique culture and history. Featuring a unique blend of destinations and culinary delights, this tour achieves a perfect balance between invigoration and relaxation. New Zealand’s culture of gardening is sophisticated, their wines and seafood are exceptional, and their Southern Hemisphere summer is a treat for winter-weary visitors. Peaks, fjords carved by glaciers and surrounded by ancient temperate rainforests, waterfalls, and a historic suspension bridge, are among the diverse New Zealand landscapes we will experience.

More details to come. Visit www.ahs.org for complete information.

Saturdays, July 26 and August 2, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Patterns from Nature

The Arts and Crafts movement was noted for its nature-derived patterns.  Elaine Searle is your guide in this Wellesley College Botanic Gardens fun expansion of your art.  On the first Saturday, July 26, look at historical references and learn how to simplify a botanical form to make a pattern repeat.  Work up your unique pattern in between classes.  On the second Saturday, August 2, learn about restricted color palettes and use gouache paint (supplied) to work up your design.  Elaine will offer an email critique of your final work.  WCBG Friends – $225; non-members $280.  Register at 781-283-3094, or email wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu.

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Saturday, July 26, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Fête des Fleurs

The Berkshire Botanical Garden invites you to its annual summer fund raiser Fête des Fleurs, to be held Saturday, July 26 from 5 – 7:30 at the Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road in West Stockbridge.  BBG member tickets are $85, nonmembers $95, 35 years and under $35.  You may purchase tickets on line at www.berkshirebotanical.org or by calling 413-298-3926.

Through September 7 – Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them

Those of us who enjoyed the speakers during The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s program theme a few years ago, Women in the Garden, should travel to the New York Botanical Garden now through September 7.  It is hosting Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them, an exhibition that focuses on the accomplishments of prominent women whose work influenced landscape architecture and garden design, garden photography, and garden writing in the first three decades of the 20th century.

Included in the exhibit is Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden, a reconstruction of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine.  The garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand in 1926, was at the summer home of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller and his wife Abby.  Also featured is Gardens for a Beautiful America: The Women Who Photographed Them,  a display in the Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library of vintage photographs and illustrated books highlighting the work of female photographers.  An outdoor poetry walk will feature the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

During the exhibition, visitors can also enjoy live musical performances featuring pieces by American composers of the time period, hands-on programs for children, public lectures, and a downloadable app that offers additional information about the exhibition.  Visit www.nybg.org or call 718-817-8700 for further details.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 & 24 – Nantucket Garden Festival

The Nantucket Garden Festival highlights the unique and beautiful garden ecosystems on Nantucket and focuses on the importance of sustainability, conservation and gardening ethics for the long-term health of the island. The 2014 Garden Festival will emphasize the evolution of the Nantucket garden.

Scheduled for July 23rd & 24th, the festival celebrates gardening through informative workshops, exquisite garden tours, children’s activities and an opening night party.

The Nantucket Garden Festival benefits Nantucket Lighthouse School, an independent day school serving island children, pre-school through 8th grade. Founded in 1999, Nantucket Lighthouse School provides a developmentally appropriate education that engages the whole child – head, heart, and hand. The concept for the Nantucket Garden Festival was born out of the Lighthouse School’s unique curriculum and organic garden, which provides an outdoor, hands-on classroom for acquiring skills in everything from language arts to science and mathematics.

The Festival kicks off a Wednesday, July 23 with a walking garden tour east of Main Street from 9 – 11, a plein air painting workshop from 9 – noon, a workshop in Fairy Garden Building from 10 – 12 (repeated Thursday,) and that night, from 6 – 9, A Garden Soiree, the opening night celebration, at the Middle Brick Garden, 95 Main Street. On Thursday, a walking garden tour from 9 – 11 covers gardens west of Main Street, a Printmaking Workshop with Bee Shay from 10 – 12, a Cisco Garden Bike Tour from 10 – 1, and from 3 – 5, a Moors End Farm Tour and CSA talk. All events are separately priced. For complete information visit http://nantucketgardenfestival.net/eventschedule/.

Saturday and Sunday, July 12 – 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Fantastic Phillipston Garden Tour

The Fantastic Phillipston Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 – 13 from 10 – 4 each day promises to be a very special one. It will offer a range of settings not seen in most tours, from the formal manicured gardens to ones in natural settings. Each garden is truly different. Visitors will know that Phillipston gardeners have great imagination along with growing lovely plants. One garden includes interesting arbors and stone walks, another features stone sculptures. One has a fairy garden, and several have fountains that add a musical quality. A pond is the focal point of the gardening arrangement at one stop, and another has exotic plants rarely seen. An interesting variety of birdhouses will be admired at one location, and plants that compliment a house of the 1700’s at another.

Visitors will be awed by the variety and inspired by the creativity as they spend a pleasant day in the unspoiled rural town. The tour will begin at the Historical Society Museum at 80 State Road on Route 2A where people can obtain tickets and a map of the route to the nine gardens on the tour. A fine lunch will be served in a beautiful relaxing setting with musical entertainment by our museum curator Jane French who is also a talented accordion player. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 by calling Mel Haughton at 978-249-3171 or Nancy MacEwen at 978-249-7517. Tickets sold on the days of the tour will be $18. The cost for children under 10 is $5. The admission price includes lunch and the tour will be held rain or shine. Photo by Michael Gordon.

Thursday, July 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Herbal Tea Blending

Come to the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury on Thursday, July 24 at 1 pm learn the art of tea blending with Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs, sample her delicious signature teas, and enjoy an afternoon tea-time of healing camaraderie. Ever wonder which herbs work well in blends together? How to combine cultivated and wild herbs to make a healing tea for colds and flu? For mineral content? For soothing the stomach? Learn which herbs taste best and how to make them the most effective. Sure to be fun and very relaxing. $45/$40 for PHA members. Register by calling 508-693-9426.

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Thursday, July 17, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Hayes Park Summer Picnic

Please come to a picnic in Hayes Park on Thursday, July 17 beginning at 5:30 – a great time to mingle with friends and neighbors and enjoy the Park in its summer best.  The Friends of Hayes Park will provide beverages, hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and condiments. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Activities include face painting and music by Wayne Potash and his Music Fun Band.  Rain date July 18. Hayes Park is located at the corner of West Canton Street and Warren Avenue in the South End.  For information on The Friends of Hayes Park, visit www.hayespark.org.

Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 26 – Barnstable County Fair 35th Standard Flower Show

The 35th Standard Flower Show at the Barnstable County Fair will take place Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 26, presented by the Southeastern District Garden Clubs. Fair Hours Monday – Thursday July 21 – July 24: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday – Sunday July 25 – July 27: 12:00 Noon – 10:00 PM. The Fairgrounds are located at 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, Route 151, East Falmouth, and paid and free parking are available. $12, $9 seniors, and for complete information visit www.capecodfairgrounds.com.

Thursday, July 24, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – MNLA Summer Conference and Trade Show

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) will hold its annual Summer Conference and Trade Show on Thursday, July 24, from 8 – 5 at Savage Farms in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  The keynote presentation will be The Future in Plant Materials by Michael Dirr, author of seven books including Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses, a widely used and best-selling reference text. Register on line at  http://www.mnla.com/mnlamfga-summer-conference-and-trade-show/ before July 17.  $55 for sponsor members, $65 for non-members. Walk in registration will be $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers. For more information visit the website or call 413-369-4731. Image of Michael Dirr from Scott Arboretum.

Tuesdays, July 15 – July 29, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Great American Gardens Series at the MFA

Tuesday mornings July 15-29 (see below for information on individual weeks,) take a break from the summer heat to hear the fascinating stories behind these monumental and luscious gardens, from their inceptions to recent renovations. Experience one of America’s first botanical gardens, Boston’s green oasis, the Public Garden; the magnificent mansion gardens of Newport, Rhode Island; and the gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Monticello. All sessions will be held in the Remis Auditorium of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 10:30 – noon.

Three-session course tickets ($60, $75) are not available online. To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk. The first price is for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.

On July 15, Keith Morgan, director of Architectural Studies and professor of American and European Architecture at Boston University will discuss The Boston Public Garden: The Atypical Landscape. How many of us know the true story behind this Boston icon? From its origins as a private botanical garden built on filled marshland to the public horticultural and educational gem of the mid-Victorian era, see how the Public Garden has become a site for celebration and forgotten controversy.

On July 22, Jeffrey Curtis, Director of Gardens and Grounds at Newport Mansions will present Gardens of the Newport Mansions. Hear the inside story of the miraculous gardens of Newport, Rhode Island’s mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County has worked tirelessly since the 1940s to preserve Newport’s sumptuous mansions and grounds. Take a visual walk through gardens including Miss Wetmore’s Secret Garden at Chateau-sur-Mer, Rosecliff, and the Sunken Gardens at The Elms.

Lastly, on July 29, the Museum welcomes Jane Amidon, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, and Professor and Director of the Urban Landscape Program at Northeastern University, who will speak on Jefferson’s Monticello: A Garden of Science and Art. Our third US president was also the founding father of quintessential American landscape practices. Examine the enduring legacy and fruitful lessons of his civic horticulture through the gardens of his estate in Virginia at Monticello, home to two centuries of innovation in botanical, agrarian, and aesthetic techniques.

Friday, August 1, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm – P. Allen Smith Day at Pleasant View Gardens

Spend Friday, August 1 in New England’s Premier Proven Winners Garden, Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, New Hampshire, and meet P. Allen Smith. Mahoney’s Garden Center is offering round-trip buses from Mahoney’s in Winchester. Feedback has been so positive the past two years that we’re offering the tour again. Join us as Mahoney’s chartered bus takes you to the area’s premier grower of Proven Winner annuals, perennials and shrubs. Meet and hear from award-winning garden and lifestyle expert, author and TV personality, P. Allen Smith. Day Includes:

Watch Allen transform ordinary landscapes into extraordinary landscapes in before-and-after presentations. Take a guided tour of New England’s premier Proven Winners® trial garden showcasing over 500 Proven Winners varieties. Participate in educational sessions in and around the garden and learn how to maintain containers at home, water and fertilize, prune hydrangeas, properly maintain shrubs and start an edible herb garden.
Join in the P. Allen Smith Container Design Throwdown contest. Take a chance to design your own container from plants in Allen’s Platinum Collection and other Proven Winners varieties. Photo opportunities and autographs with P. Allen Smith. Transportation to and from Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, NH. Morning refreshments and box lunch (vegetarian and gluten-free available.)

Space is limited. Reserve your seat by July 11th. Cost is $40 per person, to cover the bus, morning refreshments and lunch. To make a reservation, visit any Mahoney’s location or call 781-729-5900. Credit card payment is accepted over the phone.
Details:

Winchester: Bus leaves at 7:30 am from Mahoney’s in Winchester, arrives at Pleasant View at 9:00 am, and returns to Winchester by 5:00 pm.

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