Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Invasive Plants: What Are They? And What Can Be Done? Webinar
What are invasive plant species and what harm do they do to an ecosystem? Invasive plant species are a threat to natural areas throughout the country. No habitat or region is immune from the threat of invasive species. They displace native plants, eliminate native food and cover for wildlife, and threaten rare plant and animal species. Nearly all landscapes, both private gardens and public spaces, have become the unwelcome home to many invasives.
In Wellesley College Botanic Garden’s four-day course with Denise Walser-Kolar, you will take inspiration from Joris Hoefnagel’s Mira calligraphiae monumenta and create paintings of small natural collections – plants, seashells, insects, etc. Use the first day to work on your composition, then spend the next three days painting. Learn how to create the trompe l’oeil look of stems going through the paper, how to create shadows, and how to mix colors that glow on vellum. Create a finished piece based on the works of Hoefnagel. Friday, March 23 – Monday, March 26, 9:30 – 3:30 (snow date March 27. Friends of Wellesley Botanic Garden – $495, nonmembers $595. For more information call 781-283-3094, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
But really! Have you saved-the-date for Boston's most creative fundraiser yet? June 2, 2018 More info: http://www.bcaonline.org/bcaball.html
The 2018 Mass Land Conservation Conference, Leading Locally in a Changing World, convened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 8am – 4pm at Worcester Technical High School, One Skyline Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Come to Berkshire Botanical Garden on Sunday, March 18 for a lecture and book signing beginning at 11 am. There is a world of diversity available to food gardeners, if we just take the time to look. Best- selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world; Cucamelons, Indian cucumbers, chickpeas, Italian leaf broccoli, Chinese artichokes, zaatar, and wonderful greens like Tokyo bekana, amaranth, magenta spreen, and molokhia. She’ll showcase a wide selection of flavorful and easy-to-grow global vegetables, and offer tips on how to grow and eat them. A book sale and signing will follow this talk. $5 for BBG members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting. Register at www.berkshirebotanical.org.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee 2017-2018 Kunkemueller Artist-in-Residence Tina Packer directs And Speak I Will, a laboratory workshop that joins the sophomore and junior contemporary theater ensembles in an exploration of sexual harassment through three works of Shakespeare—The Taming of the Shrew, Troilus and Cressida, and Measure for Measure. March 14-17th at 8pm in the Plaza Theater. Admission is Free. Please RSVP at https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events/and-speak-i-will
And this one’s looking more like summer 2018, but New York-based vegan chain By Chloe has a third Boston location in the works at 399 Boylston St. in Back Bay, right by the Public Garden. There are also locations in Boston’s Seaport and Fenway.
Celebrate the first day of spring with this illustrated evening program on transforming gardens and landscapes into native bee habitat. Learn about native bees and what steps we can take to create pollinator friendly landscaping including providing food for bees and nesting opportunities to raise their young. Join Tom Sullivan, M.A.L.D, of PollinatorsWelcome.com, for an evening filled with ideas and inspiration – from simple techniques to community practices focusing on connectivity. Tom is a pollinator habitat designer, land consultant, and educator with a special focus on native bees. He gives talks and workshops on the nesting, foraging and life cycles of native bee species in New England. A beekeeper in his youth, Tom switched his interest from honeybees to native bees in 2008 after Colony Collapse Disorder emerged and it became clear how intricately tied whole ecosystem health is to pollinator well-being and human survival. This event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club and the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Free and open to all, at the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center 99 Millers Falls Road Northfield, MA 01360. For more information contact (413)659-4462 or visit http://www.h2opower.ca/recreation/northfield-mountain-recreation-and-environmental-center/
Monday, March 19, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Developing a Comprehensive Integrative Pest Management Plan Webinar
An Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) is a tool for plant professionals to control pests in a timely, safe, and efficient manner and is a vital component in producing and maintaining healthy plants and landscapes. An IPM plan includes several aspects: sanitation and prevention, conservation, and augmentation methods using beneficial organisms. Traditionally, IPM plans also include the judicious use of chemical pesticides when all else fails. In this webinar, Alexis will discuss the negative effects of chemicals on beneficial insects and will evaluate other options such as OMRI certified and ‘safer’ products that can be incorporated as a last resort. This webinar will explore and discuss the components of an IPM plan and explain the basics of how to design an IPM plan tailored to individual needs.