6 hours ago
Growing your own herbal medicine is easy and satisfying. Many of our common ailments can be taken care of with herbs grown in our gardens or even in containers. On Saturday, July 7 at 1 pm, at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street in Cambridge, learn about 20 easy-to-grow herbs with suggestions on using them. Handouts include information on the herbs, their uses, and growing suggestions. Instructor: Iris Weaver. $50. Register online at http://learn.ccae.org/modules/shop/index.html?action=courseBrowse&TagID=254
6 hours ago
The 10th Annual 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. Scheduled for July 17th-19th, the festival celebrates gardening through creative workshops, exquisite garden tours, children’s workshops, family activities and an opening night party. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Rainer, Principal of Phyto Studio in Washington, DC. In a workshop entitled The Inspired Plantsmen: Nature-Inspired Approach to Plant Selection and Composition, Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, will discuss how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. Both practical and inspiring, this talk will explore a synthesis of ecology and horticulture—resulting in an intentionally designed and managed plant community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework. Rainer’s workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 18th.
30 hours ago
It’s easy to grow your own culinary herbs! Fresh and nutritious herbs are a healthy and fun way to liven up any meal. This Cambridge Center for Adult Education class on Saturday, July 7 at 11 am will focus on the most common herbs used in cooking. Whether you have a garden or a windowsill for containers, you’ll be able to plant, grow, and harvest your very own herbs. Handouts will include information on herbs and growing instructions. Instructor: Iris Weaver. The class will take place at 42 Brattle Street in Cambridge, and is $50. Register online at http://learn.ccae.org/modules/shop/index.html?action=courseBrowse&TagID=254
30 hours ago
The Garden Conservancy announces Nantucket Open Day on Thursday, July 12 from 10 – 4. Admission to each garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
2 days ago
In this three-session Massachusetts Horticultural Society tutorial course, Maria von Brincken, landscape designer, will teach you how to use color and plants to design gardens filled with color from flowers and foliage. You’ll learn how to create beautiful plant combinations that flower from spring to frost for sun and shade.
2 days ago
Sunday, July 8 and Friday, July 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Cape Cod Hydrangea Society East Falmouth Garden Tour
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society welcomes you to a Garden for All Seasons. Featured in Fine Gardening magazine last year, this property was chosen for its skill in making a mere half acre feel much larger. Winding garden paths lead the visitor through surprising vistas and vignettes. Espaliered pear and dogwood trees and archways of beeches and hydrangeas are some of the many features to be discovered in this 34 year old garden created by the homeowners / professional horticulturists. More than 30 hydrangea cultivars are integrated into the mixed borders. Yearly changes make this garden well worth a return trip. Open: Sunday, July 8 and Friday, July 13, 10 – 4. The proceeds from this garden tour will benefit the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society. Admission:$5 per garden. Rain or Shine. Pay cash at the door. For more information visit http://www.thecapecodhydrangeasociety.org/
3 days ago
Join gardeners, nonprofits and organizers of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival on Thursday, July 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 at Cape Cod Beer for a celebratory opening night party. Come out and try Cape Cod Beer Hydrangea Cocktail. Free to attend. Open to public. Cape Cod Beer is located at 1336 Phinneys Lane in Hyannis. Image courtesy of Yankee Magazine.
3 days ago
What would you do with a tiny house? Purchase a raffle ticket today ($15) from the Fuller Craft Museum and enter to win your very own Tiny House. In the spirit of play and in collaboration with HGTV host Deek Diedricksen, Fuller Craft Museum presents a chance to win your very own Tiny House. The house will be on view for the duration of Diedricksen’s installation FORTitude and the upcoming Playtime in the Making exhibition at the Museum, which is located at 455 Oak Street in Brockton. The raffle drawing will take place on Friday, August 24, 2018. Once you purchase your ticket online, you will not receive a physical ticket, but a ticket in your name will be submitted to our fishbowl for the official drawing. Our lucky winner will be able to take home their Tiny house at the end of the exhibition on September 16.
4 days ago
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston invites you to join adjunct instructor Martha Wright to reflect in the Japanese garden, tour sculpture on MFA lawns, and savor the sunshine in landscapes in the galleries. The two session Looking Together event will take place Tuesday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 17 from 10:30 – 12. Meet at the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Center. $64 for MFA members, $80 for nonmembers. Tickets required. Tickets must be purchased prior to the start of the first session; individual sessions are not available. You may purchase tickets online at www.mfa.org. To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk .
4 days ago
The Eastham Garden Tour drew huge crowds at last year’s Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival. This year five unique Eastham gardens will be open on Tuesday, July 10th, from 10am to 4pm. For more information, go to http://EasthamGardenTour.org or contact the Eastham Library, (508) 240-5950.
5 days ago
Berkshire Botanical Garden again hosts its Cocktails in Great Gardens series, and on Friday, June 29 at 5 pm, they will be in a private garden in Kinderhook, New York. An allée of mature maple trees welcomes you to the home and gardens at this lovely Kinderhook, New York property. The main garden was conceived as a contained counterpoint to the surrounding farmland with a series of spaces, each with its own character. A kitchen garden of boxwood parterres and espaliered pears is planted with summer vegetables and herbs; the main lawn is enclosed by a boxwood and hornbeam hedge with a visual break revealing a view to the pond, fields, and mountains beyond.
5 days ago
Thursday, June 28, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Plant Hunters: Lions and Tigers and …Xenophobic Tibetan Lamas? Oh My!
Have you ever wondered how the Douglas Fir got its name? Or how the tree’s namesake met his end by a wild bull in Hawaii? Join Steve Jackson, Mount Auburn’s Plant Records & GIS Manager, for an early evening stroll through the cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge) to hear the stories of the plant hunters who often risked their lives to bring us the plants we have in Mount Auburn’s landscape. The walk will take place Thursday, June 28 at 5:30, and is $7 for Friends of Mount Auburn, $12 for general public. Register at http://mountauburn.org/event/plant-hunters-lions-and-tigers-andxenophobic-tibetan-lamas-oh-my/
6 days ago
Jerry Bond, Urban Forestry Consultant, Urban Forest Analytics LLC, will lead Arnold Arboretum attendees through a new field protocol for obtaining quick and reliable estimates of tree health, a critical component of tree condition. He will introduce his process of observation, with emphasis on producing repeatable and useful results. After practicing techniques in the field, he will present the way field observations can be interpreted and transformed into reliable information for communicating to clients. Jerry will also stress understanding the limits of observation in order to guard against making assumptions. A second outdoor session will test real-world application of these methods. He will explain the biological foundation for his field protocol and end the program with the day-to-day utility of this approach within various work contexts. This class is based on the book, Urban Tree Health: A Practical and Precise Estimation Method, by Jerry Bond, published in 2012. Lunch will be provided. $150.
6 days ago
The Friends of the Public Garden will hold its annual Summer Party on Wednesday, July 18 from 6 – 8 on the Roof at Taj Boston, sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company. Visit http://friendsofthepublicgarden.org/2018/06/05/2018summerparty/ for ticket information. The event sells out, so act now!